RSI was a guarantee scheme managed by EIF in the 2007-2013 programming period launched in cooperation with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Commission under the 7th EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). RSI aimed at improving access to debt finance of innovative SMEs and Small Mid-Caps to support their research & innovation projects. RSI was part of the Risk Sharing Finance Facility (RSFF), managed by the EIB, mainly addressing large Corporates and Mid-Caps. RSI's financial resources have been fully deployed through selected financial intermediaries across the EU, which have provided loans, financial leases and loan guarantees to research-based SMEs and Small Mid-Caps (enterprises having up to 499 employees according to Recommendation 2003/361/EC).
The entrepreneurs here below benefited from RSI support which allowed EIF financial intermediaries to give them the necessary kick-start to launch or expand their businesses and carry out their ambitions.
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For eligible financial intermediaries:
Read here about the new EU programmes enhancing access to finance for SMEs :
- COSME Loan Guarantee Facility
- InnovFin SME Guarantee Facility
If you are an entrepreneur and are looking for finance supported by the European Union, please visit http://www.eif.org/what_we_do/where/index.htm