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Thousands of SMEs and entrepreneurs across Europe have been able to start-up or expand their businesses thanks to the EIF. The entrepreneurs below have all benefitted from equity capital or loans backed by the EU provided by a wide range of financial institutions, acting locally as EIF's  financial intermediaries. 

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Vrigsted Efterskole: tools for the future

  •  Release date: 18 November 2020
Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that many people face that affects their ability to read and write. However, its effects can reach even further than that. “Students know that they have a disability that holds them back, so they often feel inferior inside and outside the classroom, and their self-esteem drops,” explains Kirsten Weile, who has been headmistress of Vrigsted Efterskole since it opened its doors in 1997.

How EFSI benefits SMEs in Europe - Cooperative Bank of Thessaly case study: Byros Grigoris(Greece), food & beverage

  •  Release date: 17 November 2020
“When the evening’s over and all the stress is finally gone, and the client is happy and smiling – that’s the best moment. When he comes up and shakes your hand and you can see the satisfaction on his face,” says Grigoris Byros, who runs a catering business in Trikala, Thessaly. “But at the same time, that’s also the source of stress – your client’s face. If anything goes wrong, you’ll see it immediately.”

Eversports: sportier world

  •  Release date: 17 November 2020
“There’s no ‘I’ in the word ‘team’, is there?” asks Hanno Lippitsch, former professional volleyball player and currently CEO and co-founder of Eversports.

CARM & Co: catering for the health-conscious

  •  Release date: 17 November 2020
“People’s approach to health and fitness has definitely changed recently. Ten years ago, a running race in Malta would attract maybe 150 runners. Today there are thousands. When I used to compete in triathlons, there were no more than five of us competing. Today there are maybe 100-120 athletes,” says Robert Vela, Founder and Director of CARM & Co. “Everyone is so much more health conscious these days, so our products come in handy.”

Elite Travel: “the McKinsey of travel”

  •  Release date: 17 November 2020
Elite Travel Group is located in Elbasan, 45km from Tirana. The travel company started small in 2000 and grew bigger diversifying its portfolio to include seven business lines, thus keeping up with changing trends in the marketplace. As Elvis Kotherja, Managing Director, explains “We are active in travel management and corporate travel for B2C clients, we have an online tour operator, we manage a transport company, launched an academy, are active in hospitality (hi-tech property ...

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