The EIB Institute was set up within the EIB Group (European Investment Bank and European Investment Fund) to promote and support social, cultural, and academic initiatives with European stakeholders and the public at large. It is a key pillar of the EIB Group’s community and citizenship engagement.
The EIB Institute is committed to reducing inequalities and promoting diversity and social cohesion within the EU Member States.
The Institute supports social innovation and entrepreneurs who aim to generate a societal impact (targeting social, ethical or environmental goals) or seek to create and sustain social value, typically related to unemployment, marginalisation of disadvantaged communities and access to education and other basic services.
We offer advice, finance research and knowledge transfer, and provide grants that support EU social cohesion goals via partnerships with local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), universities and academic networks, foundations, research institutes, corporate organisations and governmental bodies.
A flagship initiative, the Social Innovation Tournament, seeks to promote innovative ideas as well as to identify and reward opportunities promising substantial societal benefits or demonstrating best practices with tangible, scalable outcomes. It aims to create social value in relation to the fight against social exclusion.
To foster regional development through social innovation, the Institute and other partners have launched the first Regional Social Innovation Incubator, IRIS, in Amarante, Northern Portugal.
The EIB Institute organises regular meetings and seminars to present and transfer knowledge and best practices in respect of social issues such as inequality, well-being, impact investing, gender, social entrepreneurship and philanthropy.
The Institute provides grants only for the purposes of disaster relief and organises donations of IT equipment no longer used by the EIB Group.
In the area of microfinance, the Institute complements the actions of the EIB Group with both its Social and Knowledge activities – mainly through grants and sponsorships – by organising conferences and other initiatives and supporting higher education and research enabling the development of microfinance in Europe and beyond.
Financial education is one of the cornerstones of the EIBI’s strategy for reducing inequalities. We believe that effective promotion of financial education contributes to social and economic development and are actively supporting two pilot projects in Italy and Bulgaria.
An open data digital platform to connect local waste producers with buyers of recycled raw materials
Breeze Technologies Environmental Intelligence
Smart air quality sensors
A service that provides an answer to the pressing necessity of reducing pollution and maintaining and regenerating biodiversity.
Aiming to grow and lead the space of low-cost sustainable desalination by replacing diesel and disrupting the water supply chain.
A novel technology turning agricultural waste to plant-based alternatives for replacing fossil-based plastics.
Prototype in lab
Glowee is an environmental biotech company using the super-powers of nature, called bioluminescence, to reduce the environmental impact of lighting.
Novel photobioreactor cultivation system to produce food ingredients and proteins more efficiently, affordably and sustainably.
A solar-powered UV measurement device that visualizes the process of solar water disinfection
Wasser 3.0 PE-X®
A filter-free, low-tech solution for the removal of microplastics continuously regardless of the type of water
MIWA - Smart Reusable Packaging
A complete business ecosystem for smart-powered reusable packaging which enables distribution and sale while minimising single-use packaging
Prototype in lab
A patented steam technology which acts as an alternative to pesticides for farmers, giving increased harvest yield and storage time
A smart shopping bag that allows users to plant trees, collect plastic out of the ocean and receive discounts every time it is re-used
Recycling of used diesel city buses into clean, efficient, quiet and cost-effective buses powered 100% by renewable energies
The Solution captures plastics difficult to recycle and recycles them in marketable products without polluting, all steps done locally