European Social Fund

Case study (SELFIEmployment, Italy)

This case study describes the SELFIEmployment financial instrument in Italy which provides financial support through micro and small loans at zero interest rate for people Not (engaged) in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) to enhance their self-employment and entrepreneurship initiatives, thus increasing their chances of being included in the labour market.

The Portuguese Social Innovation Initiative - Supporting the Development of Social Finance Ecosystems and Member States under ESF


Portugal Inovação Social is an ESF initiative that is contributing to build up a healthy social economy ecosystem in Portugal. Through its different tools, Portugal Inovação Social delivers to social investors and social service providers a balanced mix of support which is composed of grants, financial instruments and technical assistance.

You can hear from the practitioners how the combination of grants and financial instruments can support the growth of the social enterprises in Portugal, and how Social Impact Bonds can test the scalability of cutting-edge solutions to societal challenges.