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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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Erasmus+ Master’s Loan: Boris Kuzmanov

  •  Release date: 02 August 2017
Growing up in Kozloduy in northern Bulgaria, Boris is no stranger to nuclear technologies; Situated on the Danube river, near the border with Romania, Kozloduy is home to Bulgaria’s only nuclear power plant and Boris developed an interest in nuclear energy from a young age.

Azkoaga Interiorismo: The personal touch

  •  Release date: 31 July 2017
After the period for receiving unemployment benefits had expired, Elisabete Azkoaga, a 42-year-old decorator who had already worked in several companies in the sector, decided to set up her own business because she was having difficulties finding a new job in a company.

How EFSI benefits SMEs in Europe - KfW case study: Blumen Wohlers (Germany), florist’s shop

  •  Release date: 28 July 2017
When Kathrin Schöning’s boss decided to retire and sell her florist business to the highest bidder, Kathrin grasped the chance of becoming her own boss and offered to take over the business instead. It seemed to be a good opportunity, especially since Kathrin knew the business inside out as she had already been working there for almost ten years. The problem, of course, was finding the resources to make the bid.

SCS Logistics: Supporting rapid growth

  •  Release date: 27 July 2017
Starting-up a business is often considered a very challenging task. But scaling-up a business can be equally challenging in itself. This was the experience of Sandra Cottam-Shea, founder or SCS Logistics, a company specialising in palletised freight distribution.

How EFSI benefits SMEs in Europe - Česká Sporitelna case study: PAPCEL Czech Republic, Manufacturing; Machines for the paper industry

  •  Release date: 26 July 2017
Over the past 65 years, PAPCEL has specialised in the production of machines and technological equipment for the paper industry. Located in Litovel, in the eastern part of the Czech Republic, PAPCEL was founded in 1950, before being bought by the Dostál family. Today, PAPCEL has grown into an international company with subsidiaries in other countries. The Group’s 420 employees have developed 20 innovations in 2015 and have worked on over 50 international projects in total, with as ...


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