Capstones 2012-2018

Capstones are consultancy student projects in which teams of four to six Masters’ students works on topics chosen and supervised by an EIB Group staff.
Below is a list of all capstones undertaken by the EIB Group.

    • What business model for smart cities assets?

      The main challenges to making smart cities assets successful are cooperation between public and private partners and limited financial resources according to a study presented at the EIB by Sciences Po Masters’ students under the framework of a capstone project.

    • Mapping the Fintech ecosystem in the EU

      Blockchain, cryptocurrencies, digital banking… how to keep up with Fintech technologies and track the European frontrunners in this industry? To address this question, LSE Masters students built the first comprehensive Fintech database with firm-level balance sheet information under a Capstone project led by the European Investment Fund (EIF).

    • The heterogeneous universe of promotional banks

      The 33 National Promotional Banks in the EU form a heterogeneous universe in terms of their history and size, according to a study conducted by students from four different Masters of Bocconi University under the framework of a capstone project organised by the EIB Institute’s Knowledge Programme.

    • Engaging with civil society

      The EIB already possesses an innovative framework of civil society engagement but could further develop meaningful partnerships with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) according to a capstone project by Sciences Po Masters’ students organised by the EIB Institute’s Knowledge Programme.

    • What business model for smart cities assets?

      Inclusive growth is the highest priority for cities when planning ‘smart city’ projects, while cost reduction is the least important according to a study presented by Sciences Po Masters’ students under the framework of a capstone project organised by the EIB Institute’s Knowledge Programme.

    • LSE Capstone project with EIF completed

      How to estimate SME credit rationing and financing gap in Europe using firm-level micro data? This was the topic submitted by the European Investment Fund to four students from the London School of Economics’ Master of Public Administration (MPA) in the framework of a Capstone programme.

    • First EIB capstone with Bocconi students

      Public Private Partnerships (PPP) schemes, when protected by public guarantees, do not allow to skim projects and “white elephants” may occur according to Bocconi Masters of Public Administration students, working in the framework of the first capstone project between the EIB and SDA Bocconi.

    • The impact of climate change risk for EIB portfolio

      The shifts in our climate have potentially profound implications for the EIB. For six months, a team of Sciences Po Masters’ students working under the framework of a capstone project assessed EIB portfolio using the three broad channels through which climate change can affect financial stability

    • Key performance indicators for International Financial Institutions

      What are the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) International Financial Institutions (IFIs) should use when measuring performance? This was the question asked to Sciences Po Masters’ students under the framework of a capstone project.

    • LSE capstone with EIB just completed!

      What is the rate of return to capital in the EU? The question is relevant when appraising investment projects and can be critical for a country with limited access to international capital markets. Students from the LSE Master of Public Administration (MPA) answered it in the framework of a Capstone programme.