What we do
ETCI: European Tech Champions Initiative
The EIF in 2020
Coronavirus: The EIB Group’s initiatives to address its economic consequences
Pan-European Guarantee Fund – EGF
Institutional investors
Equity products
AI Co-Investment Facility
Climate & Infrastructure Funds
Technology Transfer
European Angels Fund (EAF) - Co-investments with Business Angels
Venture capital
The Social Impact Accelerator (SIA)
Lower mid-market
Mezzanine Facility for Growth
EFSI Equity instrument
Single EU Equity Financial Instrument
COSME - Equity Facility for Growth
InnovFin Equity
Private equity secondary market transactions
EIF-NPI Equity Platform
ESCALAR Programme
Debt products
New ESIF ERDF Guarantee Fund initiative in Greece
EFSI Private Credit Programme
AGRI Guarantee Facility
AGRI Italy Platform Uncapped Guarantee Instrument
Credit enhancement
Cultural and Creative Sectors Guarantee Facility (CCS GF)
ENSI - Securitisation Initiative
Erasmus+ Master Loan Guarantee Facility
Skills & Education Guarantee Pilot
EREM debt products
Single EU Debt Financial Instrument
Documentary Finance Facility – Bulgaria
The SME Initiative
The SME Initiative Bulgaria
The SME Initiative Finland
The SME Initiative Italy
The SME Initiative Malta
The SME Initiative Romania
The SME Initiative Spain
Inclusive finance
EaSI Financial Instruments
EaSI Capacity Building Investments Window
EaSI Guarantee Instrument
EaSI Funded Instrument
European Progress Microfinance Facility
Entrepreneurs supported through Progress Microfinance
European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)
How does EIF contribute to EFSI
How to apply for EFSI financing
Regional Development - Country and sector-specific initiatives
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)
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)
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 EIF in 2020

The pandemic has brought about unprecedented levels of uncertainty, insecurity and isolation, as well as an economic downturn that is hitting small businesses hard.

Despite market difficulties, and thanks to our valuable partnerships with EU Institutions, national and regional governments, and our financial intermediaries, the EIF has deployed a record amount of €12.9 billion in commitments to the market.

Responding to covid-19

Our continued engagement for financing of European SMEs was driven by the quick COVID-19 response measures – now extended across the main guarantee instruments until 30 June 2021; as well as our experience in delivering EFSI / the Investment Plan for Europe whose commitment period ended at 31 December 2020 after nearly six years of full successful deployment.

Further new, bilateral or multilateral measures launched in co-operation with EU Member States have served to address local challenges or complement Europe-wide efforts to alleviate SME financing needs from start-up to scale-up.

Overall, for every euro channelled via the EIF in 2020, over five euros made their way to small businesses across Europe.

Launching the EGF together with the EIB

Alongside these efforts, the € 25 billion Pan-European Guarantee Fund (EGF) was designed and launched in the second half of 2020 as an EIB Group initiative. The EGF aims to fight the negative economic effects of the crisis, and is a testament of collaboration between the EIB Group and the Member States that financed it.

In the same way as other financial instruments managed by the EIB and the EIF, the EGF is deployed through banks, funds, national promotion institutions and direct lending to SMEs and funds across Europe.


Supporting new and emerging areas

We have remained dedicated to fostering innovation with clear priorities in the fintech, deep tech, space, blue economy, life sciences, health care and agribusiness sectors, while also ensuring support for traditional businesses in their digital transformation.

The EIF has created and deployed novel financial instruments that open up additional financing opportunities in skills and education, the creative and cultural sectors and overall, in making social impact, sustainability and social impact important aspects of our everyday lives.

We have taken concrete steps to adapt to the EIB Climate Bank Roadmap.

Read online our brochure to find out more.

"the EIF in 2020


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