Audiovisual library - Case studies overview

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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SMATE: Made in Italy
  •  Date: 06 February 2019
     Duration: 3:02

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EKWB: liquid cooling

  •  Release date: 26 February 2021
“I was playing video-games, I think it was Half-Life, back in the early 2000’s, and my PC was loud and overheating. My air cooled heatsink wasn’t working well enough. That’s how I found out about liquid cooling,” explains founder Edvard König. Taking it to the next level, Edvard created prototypes for liquid cooling which he then presented online, securing his first clients, turning his hobby into a career. “Your pc will run faster and better if ...

Sandrine Preto: communications services

  •  Release date: 25 February 2021
“The climate is great, it’s sunny, it’s safe, and access to material is much better nowadays than it was when I was younger,” says Sandrine Preto, who returned to her birthplace, the island of Reunion, in 2019 to set up her own communications consultancy. “What’s not to like?” Sandrine offers services to companies like advertising support, digital campaigns, video production, and social media and website support. “It’s great to be back from ...

Links: digital future

  •  Release date: 24 February 2021
“With digitalisation, I think trends in customer needs are changing in terms of how they search for products, the service they seek, how they experience the products… With further development of virtual reality and augmented reality, the ability of customers to experience products without touching them will cause a dramatic shift in the market place,” says Vlatko Skarica Managing Director at Links, consumer electronics company based in Zagreb, Croatia. Links is a national ...

Ecce homo: wear your true colours

  •  Release date: 15 February 2021
Sometimes you just stumble across gaps in the market and business opportunities. You could say that’s what happened to Panos Kapsomanis when he wanted to get his partner some decent underwear as a gift. “High quality underwear for the LGBTQ+ community simply wasn’t available,” he explains. “If you looked online, the only stuff you found was oversexualised and low-quality.”


  •  Release date: 11 February 2021
“Nort-arts is a reference to bringing together art and the north. I’m inspired by the north, by Nordic culture, and my family is also from the north of Turkey (Trabzon), and art is my passion,” says Hüseyin Bulut, founder and CEO of Nortarts, a small visual arts company based in central Istanbul.

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