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5th Danube Financing Dialogue

Bratislava, 23 - 24 May 2016 - After the successful series of Danube Financing Dialogues at the National Banks of Austria, Serbia, Romania and Croatia, the 5th event took place at the premises of the National Bank of Slovakia in Bratislava. The 5th Danube Financing Dialogue was focused on innovative projects in the Danube Region, so a project pitch was organised with a 2,000 euro award as an incentive for project developers. SEECEL´s project proposal on migrants’ entrepreneurship made it to top 10 for the pitching and it was a great opportunity to present SEECEL´s work and developments with a broader public. The project was presented by Ms Maja Ljubić, Assistant Director and Ms Sonja Šegvić, Office and Event Manager.

In his opening speech, Mr Hubert Cottogni from European Investment Fund (EIF) presented new financial instruments for project financing. Besides Mr Cottogni, this meeting gathered distinguished representatives of financial institutions and funding agencies who were offering financial advices and support to all perspective entrepreneurs. It also gathered project promoters from the Danube Region and public actors involved in the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.  All of them had the opportunity to have face-to-face meetings where participants could schedule meetings with the partner of interest, match-making session where small groups had various discussions on project financing issues, poster exhibition and informal networking.

The Danube Financing Dialogue brings together small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) from the whole Danube Region with international financing institutions and national funding sources. The Dialogue is providing a unique platform for stimulating match-making of SME´s financing needs and financing possibilities offered by financing institutions. The Danube Financing Dialogue is organised by Priority Area 10 of the EUSDR, with the financial support of the European Commission.

SEECEL strongly supports this initiative because it aims to foster entrepreneurial-friendly environments and strengthen the mind-sets for building entrepreneurially literate societies that lead to sustainable economic growth and development.
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