InvestEU: EIF and Lisa& sign guarantee agreement to support Swedish SMEs with a circular economy business model

    Date: 04 April 2023
  • InvestEU guarantee for Swedish financier Lisa& to make available over SEK 278 million (€24,8 million) for SMEs that support the shift to a circular economy.
  • The guarantee, backed by the InvestEU programme, is the European Investment Fund’s first transaction targeting companies with a Product-as-a-Service (“PaaS”) model.
  • The collaboration, under which SMEs can get better financing terms, is expected to accelerate the green transition, and supports circular economy business models.

The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Swedish financing platform Lisa& have signed a guarantee agreement set to make available over SEK 278 million (€24,8 million) for Swedish companies with a circular business model. The EIF transaction is supported by the InvestEU Sustainability Guarantee Product under the SME window of the InvestEU programme of the European Union. Thanks to the European backing, environmentally conscious SMEs in Sweden can benefit from tailor-made financing solutions with reduced interest rates and longer maturities. Lisa& supports companies with Product-as-a-Service (“PaaS”) business models that contribute to Sweden’s transition towards a circular economy.

For the EIF, the deal with Lisa& is the first portfolio guarantee transaction focusing on PaaS, a service-based business model in which companies retain economic ownership over a product and offer it to customers who pay a time- or use-based subscription fee. This type of business model is core to the circular economy, as it allows facilitates reuse, more efficient use of products and reduces emissions. Under the guarantee agreement, which can cover up to 80% of Lisa&’s new financing, it is expected that at least SEK 278 million will become available for Swedish small businesses with such a PaaS model.

EIF Chief Executive Marjut Falkstedt commented: “This is hopefully the first of many EIF transactions which will focus on the circular economy. It’s indicative of the EIB Group’s relentless pursuit of our ambitious climate mission. We all have to make more efficient use of the tools we employ in our daily lives to save valuable resources and reduce waste and this operation will help in that direction. We are delighted to become one of Lisa&’s friends and contribute to the green transition in Sweden.’’

Stefan Dahl, CEO of Lisa&, added: “The guarantee is an important building block in Lisa&'s ambition to be a leading financier of PaaS businesses. PaaS offerings and circular business models will increase in importance and be a large part of our future society. Because they are better for end users, companies and not the least the environment. Thanks to the support and confidence of the EIF, Lisa& can now offer financing to more circular businesses with PaaS business models on favorable terms.

European Commissioner for the Economy Paolo Gentiloni said: “InvestEU is playing an important role across Europe in fostering sustainable and inclusive economic growth. This agreement enables small and medium-sized businesses to access the necessary resources to innovate and transition to a circular economy. Thanks to this agreement, Swedish businesses will receive the support they need to maximise their potential and enhance their competitiveness and resilience.”

Background information

The European Investment Fund (EIF): The EIF is part of the EIB Group. It supports Europe’s SMEs by improving their access to finance through a wide range of selected financial intermediaries. The EIF designs, promotes and implements equity and debt financing instruments targeting SMEs. In this role, EIF fosters EU objectives in support of entrepreneurship, growth, innovation, research and development, the green and digital transitions and employment.

The InvestEU programme provides the European Union with crucial long-term funding by leveraging substantial private and public funds in support of a sustainable recovery. It also helps mobilise private investment for EU policy priorities, such as the European Green Deal and the digital transition. InvestEU brings together under one roof the multitude of EU financial instruments previously available to support investment in the European Union, making funding for investment projects in Europe simpler, more efficient and more flexible. The programme consists of three components: the InvestEU Fund, the InvestEU Advisory Hub and the InvestEU Portal. The InvestEU Fund is deployed through implementing partners who will invest in projects using the EU budget guarantee of €26.2 billion. The entire budget guarantee will back the investment projects of the implementing partners, increase their risk-bearing capacity and thus mobilise at least €372 billion in additional investment.

Lisa& finances, using its proprietary tech infrastructure, companies with a Product-as-a-Service (“PaaS”) business model. Lisa& offers its services to a wide range of segments, including mobility (e.g. e-bikes and e-mopeds), office furniture, consumer goods, IT and home infrastructure (e.g. heat pumps and EV chargers). Lisa&’s mission is to create more sustainable societies and a healthier planet, by financing companies that contribute towards this joint agenda.

Press Contacts

EIB Group: Tim Smit, Tel: +352 691 286423,

Lisa&: Viktor Tingström, Tel: +46 79 1019565,

European Commission: Flora Matthaes, Tel: +32 229 83951,
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