KfW Stiftung


Financing Social Entrepreneurship
A Lecture Series
Living Roofs Project at the DAM

Financing Social Entrepreneurship

Already in its third year, the Social Entrepreneurship Network Germany (SEND e.V.) and KfW Stiftung want to promote the stakeholder dialogue on the topic of financing for social entrepreneurship. Access to matching financing instruments still remains a major challenge for social entrepreneurs.

Building on the results of the last financing conferences in 2019 and 2020 and the dynamic developments in the sector in recent years, we want to work together with other stakeholders from promotional banks, foundations, federal and state ministries of economics, impact investment, crowdfunding platforms and, of course, social enterprises themselves to improve the framework conditions for financing social entrepreneurship.

In order to do justice to the different topics, we are organizing a series of specialist workshops in which experts from the various stakeholder groups will work on the most important key points in the topic area. At the concluding conference, the results of the preceding series of workshops will be presented and discussed.

We would like to invite you to be part of these events. You are welcome to register here for all four events. Registration for individual events is of course also possible. Kindly note that the events will be held in German.

Friday, 23 April, 09:00-11:00: Workshop on Impact Investing (in cooperation with the Federal Initiative Impact Investing)

  • Presentation: new programmes for early and growth financing
  • Discussion: gaps between current offers and the needs of the target group

Thursday, 6 May, 09:00 - 11:00: Workshop on Crowdfunding as a co-financinginstrument (in cooperation with Startnext)

  • Presentation: Experiences, best practices of match-funding projects of public banks, municipalities and foundations
  • Discussion: Challenges of impact crowdfunding, matchfunding and necessary framework conditions

Thursday, 27 May, 09:00 - 11:00: Workshop on Impact Measurement for Social Entrepreneurship Financing

  • Presentation: Case studies on impact orientation and sustainability assessment in practice
  • Discussion: Challenges to common standards and implementability

Thursday, 17 June, 09:00 - 12:30: Conference on Financing Social Entrepreneurship

  • Looking beyond the horizon: International best practices
  • Concrete opportunities in the design of financing instruments
  • Challenges in the areas of impact standards, early-stage and growth financing, crowdfunding
  • Common positions and next step

More information on the process and programme can be found on the SEND website (in German only).

Mutations. A Lecture Series

Join us for the Lecture Series "Mutations. A Lecture Series" curated by the fellows of the interdisciplinary artist residency Mutations at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in cooperation with the KfW Stiftung. The residency programme serves to promote transdisciplinary and transculural dialogue and critical reflection between art and science.

Starting March 22, on a weekly basis renowned thinkers will offer input lectures followed by and open discussion. Registration is requested.

All information about the lectures, the registration links and the programme can be found here.


Living Roofs Project at the DAM

Can the GREEN in architecture improve the climate in cities, reduce heat generation and fine dust formation and increase people's well-being?

The German Museum of Architecture (DAM) is exploring these questions as part of the digital exhibition "Simply Green - Greening the City".

The Living Roofs project of the KfW Stiftung in cooperation with Frankfurt's Botanical Garden focuses on the greening of roofs and is part of the new exhibition of the German Museum of Architecture.

The aim of the project is to make better use of the "resource roof area" for native biodiversity. Many currently existing green roofs are of low ecological value because they were often planted with species-poor seed mixtures, often containing cultivated varieties, and were not specifically maintained to promote biodiversity. The potential of existing green roofs for nature and species conservation has not yet been exhausted. The aim is to increase urban biodiversity on roofs through exemplary upgrading measures of existing green roofs, the search for suitable wild plants and the testing of native wild plants.

Exhibition: Hamlet Lavastida - Cultura Profiláctica

Cultura Profiláctica - with this title Hamlet Lavastida opens his solo exhibition at Künstlerhaus Bethanien from 16.04. - 16.05.2021.

Unfortunately, the exhibition is currently closed due to the new conditions. Please check the Künstlerhaus Bethanien website for further developments.

Click here for more information about Hamlet Lavastida and his exhibition.