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The Role of Philanthropy and Social Investments in Fostering Research and Innovation. New financing forms and partnerships.


Final text invitation

The text for the official invitation to the selected stakeholders will be prepared in close cooperation with the Advisory Board; an invited and formal text with background information about the event and a link to the registration form. The invitations will be sent by e-mail. In case of low response, a reminder will be sent a couple of weeks afterwards. It is estimated that around 150 participants will attend the conference. The budget is calculated on the total of expected participants. In the invitation text it is advised to include a sentence about the limited number of attendees. In case of more than 180 registrations (taking into account a 20% no show) the organisation will secure and select a representative distribution of the identified target groups. The registration rules must be communicated correctly and well in advance.

Conference report

The outcomes, conclusions and recommendations of the conference will be published in a (digital) conference report and will be disseminated to all participants of the conference as well as to key-stakeholders that were not able to attend the conference. The report can be downloaded from the conference website.

Final conference programme

A master of ceremony (MC) will be appointed to function as the official host of the event. The MC presents speakers and keeps the event moving. Thursday afternoon April 21 The conference starts on Thursday afternoon with five plenary presentations setting the stage for the different themes that will be discussed during the panel sessions on Friday. After a welcome by an official/representative of the Dutch government, Robert Jan Smits DG Research & Innovation of the EC starts the conference with a general introduction. In the second presentation professor Theo Schuyt will address the role of philanthropy and social investments in tackling the societal challenges of society. In the second half of the afternoon, we will continue with 3 who will address the following question ‘What could be the role of philanthropy and social investments in fostering research and innovation in Europe?’. Each from their own perspective. - From the perspective of foundations (keynote speaker: large R&I foundation) - From the perspective of financial intermediaries (keynote speaker: perspective on investments opportunities and financing forms, EVPA) - From the perspective of the business sector (keynote speaker: e.g. pharmaceutical industry). A social programme is scheduled on Thursday evening: Boat tour Amsterdam canals and a dinner and round tour in the Hermitage in Amsterdam. Dinner will (amongst other) be sponsored by Bank Giro Loterij. Friday April 22 The exchange of ‘best practices’ is central during two different panel sessions on Friday morning. Examples of innovative financing forms and partnerships focused on tackling societal challenges will be presented. These good practices should comply with the following characteristics: SME (profit and non-profit), risk finance, collaborative, “science in society”- like (RR&I). The first roundtable is focused on different financing forms stimulating research and innovation in the EU. A couple of best practices will be presented around different themes, such as: entrepreneurial philanthropy, social venturing and social investment, loans, crowdfunding etc. In the second workshop the added value of collaborative entrepreneurship, public/private and private/private partnerships will be discussed. Who are the key-enablers, the incubators, that make these partnerships possible? How to close the collaboration triangle between the public sector, the commercial sector and foundations? The conference is a platform where ideas for new financing forms and the creation of networks can be developed. Therefore, a professional moderator is crucial to get out the most of the discussion and interaction with the audience. The moderator could be someone from the research or foundation area, however, choosing for a relative ‘outsider’ could be of added value as well, especially to encourage out of the box thinking. In order to stimulate discussion with the audience, different communication strategies will be explored. Friday-afternoon April 22 After lunch the conference will be finalized by a concluding plenary session. VU-CPS will invite a high level key note speaker to discuss the outcomes and conclusions of the conference with the audience. The EC’s DG Research and Innovation will present the next steps to be taken and policy recommendations. As a follow-up, the results of the conference will be implemented into a potential tailored financial instrument. The conference will be closed with some final remarks of the organizing host.


The website is an important external communication instrument to reach relevant stakeholders. The website will include: - Background information and relevant documents/links - Conference programme - Information about the logistics of the conference (registration facility, venue access details, accommodation suggestions) - Details about the social event The website will be linked to other websites (such as: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the EC, Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs).

Visual Identity

For communication purposes a visual identity will be developed. The conference will operate under the acronym PhiSi – Philanthropy and Social Innovation fostering research and innovation. The visual identity will focus on the development of a conference logo, the design of a website, a template for powerpoint presentations and brochures/leaflets/invitations/announcements, etc.

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