Investments in debt and equity funds focused on private sector development and/or pursuing social impact goals mainly outside the EU. We also engage in equity and hybrid debt co-investments with top ranked funds and investment partners.
The European Investment Fund, part of the EIB Group, invests in venture capital and private equity funds that support high-growth and innovative small businesses in Europe.
Six key benefits
Here are the benefits of our investments in SME and mid-cap funds
Investments representing 10% to 20% of the fund size, with a maximum of 25%.
Tenors that reflect the fund’s life – normally 10-12 years.
Investment decisions delegated to the fund manager.
Access larger projects
Co-investments in projects or portfolio companies allow smaller funds to get involved in bigger projects.
Support from the EIB is often seen by private investors as a seal of approval, thereby catalyzing additional funding and multiplying our impact.
Available for novice or experienced investment teams, in all EIB regions of activity.
Find out if financial support might be available to you
Who is eligible
Private funds and captive funds or investment platforms sponsored by national promotional banks and institutions:
Growth capital funds
Venture capital funds
Social impact funds
Selective or granular debt funds
What is eligible
Our investment size can range from between €5 and €100 million. The EIB shall not hold the largest commitment in a fund and will not invest in open-ended (evergreen) funds. The EIB can also co-invest in investee companies provided that these are financed and managed by the fund the EIB has invested in. The EIB targets returns in line with market standards, through cash or capitalised interest, profit participation, equity kickers or alternative participating mechanisms.
We have aligned all our financing activities with the principles and goals of the Paris Agreement, a commitment that builds a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.