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Invitation to major EVPA meeting in Oslo

The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) will hold its Annual Conference in Norway for the first time in November. The EVPA Annual Conference is Europe’s most important meeting place for investors seeking to create social value.

Record number of entrants for Social Entrepreneur of the Year competition

Never before have so many organisations fought to be crowned Social Entrepreneur of the Year. “It is pleasing to see that new solutions are being targeted at many different types of social challenge”, comments Johan H. Andresen, chair of the jury.

Unicus all set for growth

The IT company Unicus is ready to take its first steps out into the world, with Ferd Social Entrepreneurs having recently acquired a stake in the company.

The Nordic Microfinance Initiative secures millions for the poor

The Nordic Microfinance Initiative has secured NOK 715 million for a new Nordic fund. The money will help lift millions of people in Africa and Asia out of poverty.

Ferd setting commitment requirements

In autumn 2015 Ferd sent out a letter to a number of law firms detailing how in the future Ferd intends to use attorneys who are actively committed to voluntary organisations and social entrepreneurs.

FSE filled Oslo Opera House with good ideas

Ferd Social Entrepreneurs (FSE) has organised the SosEnt. Conference for six years in a row. This year’s event was held on 3 November 2015 in the foyer of Oslo Opera House. 370 people had signed up for the conference, including private investors, public sector employees, politicians, non-profit organisations, students and a broad range of social entrepreneurs.

The ‘Pros’ convince politicians

Nearly 400 people with backgrounds in the health service and public sector agencies, as well as students and politicians, attended an Inspiration Day on mental health care for children and adolescents on 4 November organised by the Mental Health Pros (PsykiskhelseProffene) and Change Factory (Forandringsfabriken).

Five good reasons to invest in microfinance

– “It’s stories like this that make clear why we invest in microfinance. This is a typical example of how a small helping hand can make a world of difference to people in poor countries”, comments Johan H. Andresen, owner of Ferd and chair of its Board of Directors, in relation to how microlending allowed five Indian women to start a new life.

Aball1 goes international

Gladiator aims to conquer the world with its innovative Aball1. This year England awaits, and in the distance Brazil beckons. Now Gladiator wants to attract investors to join the winning team.

The Ferd Award for Social Entrepreneurship 2012

FERD and Junior Achievement – Young Enterprise Europe, announced today the winner of the Ferd Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

Intempo: Big results for small children

The most recent addition to Ferd Social Entrepreneurs offers methodology and equipment that improves the learning ability of small children, and that can help to avoid problems later in life.

Young Social Entrepreneurs Make Everyday Life Safer for Women

Brussels, 19th June 2012: Five students from Norway were named the 2012 winners of the JA-YE Europe Social Enterprise Programme. They competed against other 100 social enterprises created by young people age 15-18 across 10 European countries.

Entrepreneurship training in schools: A powerful tool in job creation and poverty reduction

The NORAD-supported project "Junior Achievement Uganda" is reducing poverty and unemployment in Uganda by using entrepreneurship as a weapon.

EU wants to see more social investment funds

New European regulations for social investment funds may give social entrepreneurs better access to capital. A new EU Regulation is to be approved in 2012, and will also apply in Norway.

Ferd and Intel together for an European program for young social entrepreneurs

JA-YE Europe, the umbrella organization for Europe's young entrepreneurs, will cooperate with Ferd and Intel Corporation for a program to get students to focus on social entrepreneurship.

Opportunity for social entrepreneurs worldwide to win a free trip to Oslo

The FERD Award for Social Entrepreneurship aims to celebrate current or past participants of JA-YE entrepreneurship programmes, who through their JA enterprises have created a positive social impact in various fields of activities.

CEO on Twitter

Johan H. Andresen jr. wishes to make a bigger contribution to the public debate on social issues – and this now includes posting his views on Twitter, where he can be found with the user name FerdCEO.

NMI invests in India and Nigeria - in the first round

The Norwegian Microfinance Initiative has made its firs investment – in an Indian fund. Further investments will follow closely, initially in India and Nigeria, but then in other developing countries.

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