What we do
Institutional investors
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AI Co-Investment Facility
Cleantech Co-Investment Facility
Impact investing at the EIF
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European Angels Fund (EAF) - Co-investments with Business Angels
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The Social Impact Accelerator (SIA)
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EFSI Equity instrument
Single EU Equity Financial Instrument
COSME - Equity Facility for Growth
InnovFin Equity
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EIF-NPI Equity Platform
ESCALAR Programme
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New ESIF ERDF Guarantee Fund initiative in Greece
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AGRI Italy Platform Uncapped Guarantee Instrument
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ENSI - Securitisation Initiative
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Skills & Education Guarantee Pilot
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The SME Initiative Bulgaria
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The SME Initiative Romania
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Inclusive finance
EaSI Financial Instruments
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EaSI Funded Instrument
European Progress Microfinance Facility
Entrepreneurs supported through Progress Microfinance
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How does EIF contribute to EFSI
How to apply for EFSI financing
Regional Development - Country and sector-specific initiatives
Normandie Garantie Agri
FAIRE - La Réunion
Auvergne Rhône-Alpes FEADER
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Fons d’Inversió en Tecnologia Avançada (FITA) Catalonia
Dutch Future Fund (DFF)
Dutch Alternative Credit Instrument (DACI)
PORTUGAL BLUE: a new initiative for blue economy investments
JEREMIE Greece Reflows – Business Angels’ Co-Investment Equity Instrument
German Corona Matching Facility (CMF)
Portugal Growth programme
Central and Eastern European Technology Transfer (CEETT)
Croatian Growth Investment Programme (CROGIP) II
Croatian Growth Investment Programme (CROGIP)
Croatian Venture Capital Initiative 2 (CVCi 2)
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
The Cyprus Entrepreneurship Fund (CYPEF)
Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Initiative East Guarantee Facility (DCFTA)
EU4Business Capped Guarantee
Dutch Growth Co-Investment Programme
Dutch Venture Initiative (DVI-II)
ESIF Fund-of-Funds Greece
EAFRD FoF Portugal
EAFRD FoF Romania
The ERP-EIF Facility
ERP-EIF Co-Investment Growth Facility
The LfA-EIF Facilities
The German Future Fund (GFF) - EIF Growth Facility
INAF – French National Agricultural Initiative
ESIF Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Malta
Regional Fund-of-Funds Romania
ESIF Fund-of-Funds Czech Republic
The Silesia EIF Fund of Funds
La Financière Région Réunion
The EIB Group Risk Enhancement Mandate (EREM)
Call for Expression of Interest for FOSTER II
Greater Anatolia Guarantee Facility (GAGF)
G43 - Anatolian Venture Capital Fund Project
InvestBG Equity Instrument
Romania Recovery Equity Fund of Funds
JEREMIE Romania Reflows – Equity Instrument
Luxembourg Future Fund 1 (LFF)
Luxembourg Future Fund 2
Mezzanine 'Fund of Fund' for Germany (MDD)
NEOTEC resources
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
Irish Innovation Seed Fund (IISF)
RRF Czech Republic Fund of Funds

The LfA-EIF Facilities

The LfA-EIF Facilities are virtually structured fund of funds (Dachfonds) totaling EUR 325 million with resources from LfA Förderbank Bayern and the EIF. The funds are managed by the EIF, aiming to address specific equity financing gaps at regional level.

The intention of LfA Förderbank Bayern and the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy has been to broaden the range of venture capital funds and available equity capital offer for early-stage, technology-oriented SMEs in Bavaria. The EIF is helping to achieve this by strengthening the equity capital market and creating incentives to raise additional funds from private or public sector investors.

Since its establishment in 2009, this partnership has developed as follows:

  • LfA-EIF Facility: Closing in 2009 at EUR 50m, subsequently increased in 2011 and 2014 to EUR 150m.
  • LfA-EIF 2 Facility: Closing in 2018 at EUR 50m.
  • LfA-EIF 3 Facility: Closing in mid-2020 at EUR 50m, subsequently increased in 2021 to EUR 100m and 2023 to EUR 125m.

The LfA-EIF Facilities invest in venture capital funds present and investing in Bavaria. They target all technology areas (ICT, life sciences, energy-related innovations, as well as emerging and converging technologies), and are typically co-invested by other EIF managed mandates, e.g. the ERP-EIF Facility with its investment focus on Germany.

Commitments from the LfA-EIF Facilities, often combined with other EIF mandates like the ERP-EIF Facility, aim to support the funding of portfolio companies based or active in Bavaria. Supported funds are, however, not restricted to investing solely in Bavarian companies, and a sizable proportion of the LfA-EIF Facility is being invested through non-Bavarian or non-German fund managers, aiming to invest in the Bavarian venture capital market. So far, the LfA-EIF Facility has supported some 50 funds and more than 1,000 SME investments in Bavaria, Germany and Europe.

Are you a fund manager interested in the LFA-EIF Facilities?

Information for SMEs

For further updates about finance available under EU initiatives, check http://europa.eu/youreurope/business/funding-grants/access-to-finance

Note: Following the recent withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, we are updating the relevant EIF.org pages.


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