What we do
Equity products
Technology Transfer
European Angels Fund (EAF) - Co-investments with Business Angels
Venture capital
The Social Impact Accelerator (SIA)
Lower mid-market
Mezzanine Facility for Growth
Pan-European Venture Capital Fund(s)-of-Funds programme
EFSI Equity instrument
Single EU Equity Financial Instrument
COSME - Equity Facility for Growth
InnovFin Equity
Private equity secondary market transactions
EIF-NPI Equity Platform
Debt products
AGRI Guarantee Facility
AGRI Italy Platform Uncapped Guarantee Instrument
Credit enhancement
Cultural and Creative Sectors Guarantee Facility (CCS GF)
ENSI - Securitisation Initiative
Erasmus+ Master Loan Guarantee Facility
EREM debt products
Single EU Debt Financial Instrument
COSME - Loan Guarantee Facility
InnovFin SME Guarantee Facility
Documentary Finance Facility – Bulgaria
The SME Initiative
The SME Initiative Bulgaria
The SME Initiative Finland
The SME Initiative Italy
The SME Initiative Malta
The SME Initiative Romania
The SME Initiative Spain
Asset Management Umbrella Fund (AMUF)
Inclusive finance
EaSI Financial Instruments
EaSI Capacity Building Investments Window
EaSI Guarantee Instrument
EaSI Funded Instrument
European Progress Microfinance Facility
Entrepreneurs supported through Progress Microfinance
European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)
How does EIF contribute to EFSI
How to apply for EFSI financing
Regional Development - Country and sector-specific initiatives
Croatian Growth Investment Programme (CROGIP)
AGRI Italy Platform Uncapped Guarantee Instrument
ALTER’NA – ESIF EARFD Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Baltic Innovation Fund 1 (BIF 1)
Baltic Innovation Fund 2 (BIF 2)
Central Europe Fund of Funds (CEFoF)
Croatian Venture Capital Initiative (CVCi FoF)
Competitiveness Fund-of-Funds for SMEs in Romania
Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Initiative East Guarantee Facility (DCFTA)
Dutch Growth Co-Investment Programme
Dutch Venture Initiative (DVI-II)
EAFRD FoF Portugal
EAFRD FoF Romania
European Recovery Programme (ERP)
ERP-EIF Co-Investment Growth Facility
INAF – French National Agricultural Initiative
Regional Fund-of-Funds Romania
ESIF Fund-of-Funds Czech Republic
ESIF Fund-of-Funds Greece
The Silesia EIF Fund of Funds
La Financière Région Réunion
The EIB Group Risk Enhancement Mandate (EREM)
Greater Anatolia Guarantee Facility (GAGF)
G43 - Anatolian Venture Capital Fund Project
InvestBG Equity Instrument
JEREMIE Romania Reflows – Equity Instrument
LfA-EIF Facility
Luxembourg Future Fund (LFF)
Mezzanine 'Fund of Fund' for Germany (MDD)
Polish Growth Fund of Funds (PGFF)
Portugal Venture Capital Initiative (PVCi)
Scottish-European Growth Co-Investment Programme
Slovene Equity Growth Investment Programme (SEGIP)
Swedish Venture Initiative (SVI)
Turkish Growth and Innovation Fund (TGIF)
Western Balkans Enterprise Development & Innovation Facility (WB EDIF)
EAFRD FoF Greece

Our central mission is to support Europe's small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) by helping them to access finance. To this end, we aim at satisfying existing and future market needs by designing innovative financial products addressed to our partners (banks, guarantee, leasing and microfinance institutions, private equity and venture capital funds, among others), acting as our financial intermediaries. 

By offering an Integrated Risk Finance Product Range of SME finance to our intermediaries, we complement the products offered by the European Investment Bank (EIB) with which we form the EIB Group.

Equity products

We invest in venture capital and growth funds,  mezzanine funds that support SMEs. Our investment activities also cover technology transfer and business incubators.

Debt products

Our clients are a wide range of financial intermediaries, such as banks, mutual guarantee funds, leasing companies and special purpose vehicles providing  funding to beneficiary SMEs.

    Inclusive finance

We provide funding (equity and loans), guarantees and technical assistance to a broad range of micro-credit providers, from non-bank financial institutions to well established banks to make microfinance a fully-fledged segment of the European financial sector.

While our equity instruments aim to improve the availability of risk capital for high-growth and innovative SMEs, we also target the debt requirements, as many SMEs seek finance through this more traditional route. Therefore we also provide guarantees and credit enhancement through securitisation to improve the lending capacity of our financial intermediaries and thus the availability and terms of debt for beneficiary SMEs. We carry out our activities in the European Union (EU) Member States, in EU Candidate and Potential Candidate Countries and in the European Free Trade Association Countries.

Data Protection

The EIF is committed to processing personal data in compliance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 as amended from time to time.

Prior to the subscription of any commitment, the EIF carries out an appropriate due diligence on all applicants and financial intermediaries in line with its Data Protection Statement as follows: Due Diligence on Applicants and Financial Intermediaries

The EIF also processes personal data of final recipients, i.e. of  individuals benefitting from EIF financial guarantees and equity investments provided to financial intermediaries. More information here: Processing of Final Recipients’ Personal Data.

In the context of EIF’s research and market analysis activity, the EIF also processes personal data of professionals and other individuals representing, directly or indirectly, EIF counterparts (intermediaries and final beneficiaries) as well as of other individuals relevant for the research-related purposes under consideration, including voluntary subscribers to the EIF mailing list for research-related updates.  More information here: Data Protection Statement Research and Market Analysis and here: Data Protection Statement on RMA Subscription List.

In relation to EIF procurement activities, the EIF processes personal data of tenderers and proposed subcontractors (natural and/or legal persons, incl. their staff or team members) in the context of their tender. More detailed information on the legal basis, data subjects and categories, as well as the purpose and data recipients can be found here: Data Protection Statement on Procurement.

Individuals who voluntarily subscribe to and participate in events organised by the EIF, may also be subject to rules related to personal data processing. Read the full statement: Data Protection Statement on Events.

In the context of the EIF-NPI Equity Platform, the  EIF processes personal data. Read the statement here: Data Protection Statement related to the EIF-NPI Equity Platform.

In connection with EIF shareholder-related communications and information exchanges, the personal data of designated EIF shareholder representatives and associated contacts is processed. The corresponding data protection statement is available here.

In relation to the functioning of the EIF’s governing bodies, the EIF processes personal data of members and alternate members of the Board of Directors, as well as advisors and assistants of those members/alternates. The EIF also processes personal data of members and the alternate member of the Audit Board. More detailed information on the legal basis, data subjects and categories, as well as the purpose and data recipients can be found here:


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