8 March 2019 Human development

Impact ecosystem in Europe

The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation celebrate partnership to strengthen the impact ecosystem in Europe

Pedro Norton, Isabel Mota, Firoz Ladak, Guilherme d'Oliveira Martins
Pedro Norton, Isabel Mota, Firoz Ladak, Guilherme d'Oliveira Martins© Cristina Almeida

The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation celebrate a partnership to strengthen the impact ecosystem in Europe focused on supporting entrepreneurs, civil society, universities, investors and public sector leaders. The partnership also aims to create global synergies in common areas to the foundations, in particular, artistic practices.

The formalisation of the partnership between the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation follows several successful initiatives that have been performed together in recent years like the Bootcamp of the Ariane Rothschild Fellowship that took place at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in March 2018.

The Foundations are also founding partners of the new accelerator for impact startups called Maze X that will start in May this year. The accelerator will select the ten most promising startups from across Europe to work for nine months in Lisbon. During the program, the startups will implement pilot projects with large corporates, they will optimise their business models to address the most pressing social and environmental issues of our time. The accelerator Maze X is promoted by MAZE, an impact investment company founded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 2013 and which acts as the first vehicle of the implementation of this partnership.

 

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (CGF) was established in 1956 as a Portuguese foundation for the whole of humanity, the Foundation’s original purpose focused on fostering knowledge and raising the quality of life of persons throughout the fields of the arts, charity, science and education. Bequeathed by the last will and testament of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian, the Foundation is of perpetual duration and undertakes its activities structured around its headquarters in Lisbon (Portugal) and its delegations in Paris (France) and London (the United Kingdom).

 

Fundações Edmond de Rothschild
The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations (EdRF) promote social empowerment and a collaborative society. Its work is rooted in a century-long tradition of giving founded on social empowerment, inclusion and collaboration. Capacity-building is at the core of the EdRF’s activities with the aim of equipping individuals with the tools and knowledge to improve their own lives and those of others. The Foundations develop environments and relationships where human beings, communities and institutions draw on each other’s capabilities to create a better world. The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations encompass 10 Foundations in 5 different countries (France, Switzerland, Spain, Israel, USA) and have supported about 100 projects over the last 10 years in the arts, entrepreneurship, health and best practices in philanthropy.

Updated on 08 March 2019