Sources of Funding

Partner UBS Partner Phare

Workshop Description

Financing is always a key element for every social business. In order to secure appropriate funding, it is crucial to understand the various sources of funding and the different financial instruments that are available for social businesses. 

The workshop aims to provide a better understanding of the various sources, as well as the pros and cons of specific financial instruments in a given context. It will start with an overview about the more traditional financing schemes, while then looking more specifically at the role of philanthropic investments. Phare Performing Social Enterprise (PPSE), a circus social business from Cambodia, will then share the experiences they made while receiving a financing mix from various sources.

In the second part of the workshop, participants will work in smaller groups on questions around a potential expansion of PPSE taking into account the learnings from the first part of workshop or applying the set of financial instruments as described in the first part to other social business cases of their own. A final conclusion round will discuss the findings of the groups together with the workshop hosts.


Format Output
Level Expert


Date Friday, November 6
Time 11:30 - 01:00pm

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Workshop Host & Co-Host(s)

  Speaker Perron Speaker Courth  Dara Huot

Jean-Luc Perron

Managing Director Grameen Credit Agricole

Christoph Courth

Director UBS Wealth Management - Philanthropy Advisory 

Dara Huot

CEO Phare Performing Social Enterprise


November 11th, 2015

The Global Social Business Summit 2015 - in Berlin, Germany - has come to a bittersweet end. We thank all those who supported us throughout the process; all those who participated in the event; and all those who helped to spread the YY Spirit of the Social Business Movement in the days leading up to - and during - the event.

We can't wait to see all of you in China for the Global Social Business Summit 2016.

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The main venue for the Global Social Business Summit 2015 is the Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, Germany.