The goal of the funding is to support Bolt’s product development and research in areas where the use of technology can improve the safety, reliability and sustainability of its services while maintaining the high efficiency of the company’s operations. This includes investments in existing services like ride-hailing as well as personalised mobility services like food delivery.
The EIB’s Vice President Alexander Stubb commented: “Bolt is a good example of European excellence in tech and innovation. As they say, to stand still is to go backwards, and Bolt is never standing still. The Bank is very happy to support the company in improving its services, as well as allowing it to branch out into new service fields. In other words, we’re fully on board!”
Paolo Gentiloni, European Commissioner for the Economy, said: “Estonia is at the forefront of digital transformation in Europe. I am proud that Europe, through the Investment Plan, supports Estonian platform Bolt’s research and development strategy to create innovative and safe services that will enhance urban mobility.”
Bolt’s co-founder, Martin Villig, said: “Mobility is one of the areas where Europe will really benefit from a local champion who shares the values of European consumers and regulators. Therefore, we are thrilled to have the European Investment Bank join the ranks of Bolt’s backers as this will enable us to move faster towards serving many more people in Europe.”
Bolt is the leading European transportation platform that’s focused on making urban travel easier, quicker and more reliable. The company’s services range from ride-hailing to micromobility and food delivery. Founded by Markus Villig, Bolt launched in 2013 and currently has 30 million users in 35 countries globally
The European Investment Bank (EIB) — supported by a guarantee from the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) — is providing €50 million to finance the research, development and innovation and decarbonisation activities of Panariagroup Industrie Ceramiche S.p.A., a world leader in the production and distribution of ceramic surfaces for floors and walls based in Finale Emilia (Modena, Italy). The investments will be made primarily in Panariagroup Industrie Ceramiche's three Italian plants in Emilia Romagna and, partially, in two sites in Aveiro, Portugal.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its economic fallout come just as firms in the Western Balkans are recovering from the COVID-19 shock. Today’s presentation “Business resilience in the Western Balkans at times of repeated shocks”, presented by the EIB’s Chief Economist Debora Revoltella at the Western Balkans Investment Framework Strategic Board in Rome, examines how firms in the region weathered the sharp downturn caused by the pandemic and how prepared they are to face future challenges. The results are derived from the report entitled Business Resilience in the Pandemic and Beyond, recently launched and jointly published by the EIB, the EBRD and the IMF, which covers a broader region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) and G+D Ventures, the venture capital arm of the global security group G+D, will invest €25 million each into a new investment platform. The platform will then invest equity into small and medium-sized European companies that develop new technologies in the field of cybersecurity and trust tech, building a portfolio of 12-15 companies.