Capstones 2012-2020

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.

    • Financial Instruments: an innovative way to use European Funds

      Master’s students from Bocconi University analyse how Financial Instruments support  investments (loans, guarantees, equity and other risk-bearing mechanisms) and identify how to increase their efficiency and effectiveness.

    • Impact investing in Europe

      The EIB Group is uniquely positioned to strengthen the impact investing sector in Europe according to a study, Impact investing in Europe, carried out by Sciences Po master’s students as part of a capstone project with the Institute’s Social Programme and the EIF.

    • What drives FinTech’s development?

      What are the factors driving FinTech’s development? A well-developed capital market industry with alternative sources of financing, a well-developed technological infrastructure and a flexible and transparent regulatory environment as well as institutions that enhance innovation are the answers, according to London School of Economics Master students working under a Capstone research project led by the European Investment Fund (EIF).

    • Can social outcome contracting help integrate migrants in the EU?

      Social outcomes contracting, an innovative form of procuring services based on outcomes rather than outputs, offers new opportunities for combining and directing public and private resources towards positive social impact. It could help promote social and economic integration of migrants in the EU, according to a study presented at the EIB by Sciences Po Masters’ students in 2019.

    • 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.

    • 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.