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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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How EFSI benefits SMEs in Europe - KfW case study: Mingle Africa (Germany), sustainable travel agency

  •  Release date: 23 May 2017
Founded by Nora Witt and business partner Tatjana Jessica Spähn, Mingle Africa is a company whose goal is to become the first tour operator specialised in fair and sustainable study tours in sub-Saharan Africa, while also offering in-depth educational content about the region.

How EFSI benefits SMEs in Europe - Slovenski Podjetniški Sklad case study: Jamnik (Slovenia), printed packaging

  •  Release date: 22 May 2017
Jamnik was founded in 1988, when they started making die-cut packaging of corrugated board in a small workshop in Pirniče, soon growing and moving in 1995 to a new production hall in Medvode.

How EFSI benefits SMEs in Europe - Slovenski Podjetniški Sklad case study: Fortis Maribor (Slovenia), cutting-edge metal processing

  •  Release date: 19 May 2017
The company Fortis Maribor was founded in 2011 and their main activity is the mechanical processing of metals, the production of metal structures and other engineering activities, including technical advice.

LA Aquatics: Aquarium Tranquillity

  •  Release date: 12 April 2017
In today’s hectic, fast-paced world, the calming effect of an aquarium should not be underestimated. Aaron Wherry owns LA Aquatics, a shop specialised in aquatic livestock and dry goods, ranging from marine fish to corals and invertebrates. Located on the Isle of Wight, Aaron also offers maintenance packages to suit his clients’ needs, installing and maintaining aquariums of all types and sizes, be it a small tank or a full living reef. But it wasn’t always calm and serene ...

KAZoART: At the crossroads between art lovers and talented artists

  •  Release date: 11 April 2017
KAZoART wants to change the rules of the art market by removing intermediaries and allowing art lovers to directly look online and discover artists offering their works at reasonable prices: “KAZoART aims at giving access to eager buyers to a large and varied range of artists from all over France (and tomorrow the whole world) and at giving them the opportunity to be discovered in a few clicks without ever leaving home.”


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