How to make the SAFE European survey on access to finance for SMEs a more useful tool for the European Investment Fund? This was the challenge posed by the EIF to five students from the London School of Economics’ Master of Public Administration (MPA) in the framework of a Capstone programme.

After five months of research, working very closely with EIF staff involved, the students not only found out a “matching partner” (Orbis –another database- providing financial data about firms) but also a way to match the two databases.

The EIF team will now be working to make this operational.

This is the sixth Capstone project conducted by the EIB Group (EIB and EIF) with the students of the LSE’s MPA Programme.

As part of their curriculum, students are required to undertake a consultancy project on a selected topic relevant to a client organisation (a Capstone project). A number of international organisations such as the World Bank, EBRD, OECD and the UK Government are regular participants in the MPA Capstone programme.

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