The European Microfinance Network (EMN) will hold its 16th Annual Conference in Vienna, Austria
The European Microfinance Network (EMN) will hold its 16th Annual Conference in Vienna, Austria on 6th June 2019. The event will be a reimagined meeting of minds and ideas and will be the perfect opportunity for participants to network, get inspired and to connect with their peers.
About 300 delegates are expected to attend, including microfinance practitioners from all over Europe, service providers, academics and researchers who are interested in the recent developments of the sector, as well as representatives from the other interested parties including policy makers, NGOs and guarantee-granting institutions.
One simple idea:
Connecting for the Future!
This year, the EMN Annual Conference will focus on the most important aspects highlighted by our members from our previous 15 annual events: Networking, Inspiration & Development. More than ever before, the aim of the conference is to encourage moments for participants to connect in order to prepare for the future. Potential lies in all of us, and it is our job to untap this potential.
Financial technology and artificial intelligence are developing and becoming more affordable at high speed and we need to be ready for it to avoid any disruption to our current business models and processes. In view of the loss of traction to mobilise funders that microfinance is experiencing as well as the rise of social entrepreneurship, crowdfunding platforms, and alternative inclusive and sustainable finance players the sector is looking to start the new renaissance.
Connecting for the future is the tagline of the conference and this year, the setup of the event has changed to more effectively embrace the challenges and objectives we have set ourselves. In a one-day conference, well accentuate Inspiration: thinking outside of the box, enlarging horizons and remembering ones aspirations. The Networking moments will allow us to connect with our peers, our EU policy makers and our (future) investors. There will also be space to grow and to develop personal skills to boost our ability to inspire staff and to change our direct environment for the future.
With this in mind, some of the specific activities planned for the day will include:
· Inspirational, motivational and visionary messages from international keynote speakers;
· Break-out sessions on soft skills for personal & professional development;
· Cooperation meetings focused on real collaborative possibilities;
· Speed networking to boost collaboration with EU Policy Makers and Social Impact Investors.
· World Café to identify strategies and opportunities for the future of the industry and of EMN.
The conference will be wrapped up by our social event.
We hope you can join us!