NEWS & INSIGHTSThe Hanken & SSE integration program Business Lead℠ wins EFMD Excellence in Practice Gold Award 2018

16 May, 2018

The partnership between Hanken & SSE Executive Education and social impact bond fund manager Epiqus Oy wins European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) award in the category “Talent Development”

Helsinki, Finland 16 May 2018 – In addition to the Epiqus and Hanken & SSE partnership, other winners were Valmet and IMD, Telstra and LIW, DSM and Vlerick Business School as well as Monocities Development Fund and Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO.

Since 2011, the EFMD Excellence in Practice Awards (EiP) has recognised outstanding and impactful Learning & Development partnerships in the domains of Leadership, Professional, Talent, Organisational and Ecosystem Development. The winners are selected based on the review of 4 key areas: a documented challenge, an effective partnering commitment, the appropriate L&D initiative and a proven business impact.

The cases and awards will be presented at the award ceremony which is taking place on 18 October at the 2018 EFMD Executive Development Conference hosted by IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“Our partnership with Epiqus supports fast integration and enables work for educated and unemployed immigrants and refugees, says Marc Hinnenberg, CEO of Hanken & SSE Executive Education. This is the foundation for the integration program Business Lead℠ which is also a great showcase of public-private partnership through the Social Impact Bond (SIB).”

“The Business Lead program is not only a success in terms of integration, but also an important statement of the core values of all the partners of the initiative”, says Karen Spens, Rector of Hanken School of Economics. “We are delighted that the partnership has won the EFMD Excellence in Practice Gold Award, it is a testament to the impact of successful partnerships.”

The integration program Business Lead℠ combines education, mentorship and internship work and is a fast-track for unemployed educated immigrants and refugees into business life.

Learn more about the EFMD Excellence in Practice Award.


Hanken & SSE and Epiqus wins EFMD Excellence in Practice Gold Award


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Marc Hinnenberg


Hanken & SSE Executive Education

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About Hanken & SSE Executive Education

Hanken & SSE Executive Education is the leading Nordic provider of executive education, ranked #1 in Northern Europe and #21 worldwide by the Financial Times. Founded in 2005, we combine the strengths of two accredited Nordic business schools – Hanken School of Economics in Finland and Stockholm School of Economics in Sweden. For more information visit and follow updates on LinkedIn, Twitter @HankenSSE and Facebook.


About Epiqus Integration Social Impact Bond (SIB)

Integration SIB (Kotouttamisen SIB) is a Social Impact Bond (SIB) that provides fast-track integration training and employment for immigrants and refugees seeking international protection in Finland. It is commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. Impact evaluation is conducted as a Randomized Control Trial and measured through differences in tax collections and unemployment benefit payments between control and target groups. Integration SIB is the largest Social Impact Bond in Europe, and a qualifying social entrepreneurship fund under the EuSEF regulations. The pioneering Integration SIB is a joint project with Epiqus, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland, FIM, TE-Services, Sitra and other service providers. More information: