Support for SMEs is an EIB Group priority
In 2023, the EIB Group provided around €20 billion for SMEs. Through intermediaries, the EIB provides financing to:
- micro-enterprises (0-9 employees)
- small enterprises (10-49 employees)
- medium-sized enterprises (50-249 employees*)
- mid-caps (250-3 000 employees*)
Discover some SMEs recently supported by the EIB
The EIB Group supports business innovation, especially in digitalisation, energy efficiency and climate action
Saving energy and saving our environment
Energy efficiency loans jointly provided by the EIB and the European Commission help a big laundry company and other firms in the Czech Republic to modernise and reduce energy consumption.
Economic growth and job creation in Skopje
Loans funded by the EIB helped a family-owned bakery and a juice company to advance their production and expand their market, becoming top national brands.
When women flourish, the whole economy benefits
The EIB supports projects in the EU's Southern Neighbourhood in which women and girls benefit equally and equitably. Meet female entrepreneurs who have designed online platforms, founded a factory producing natural oil and plant-based products, expanded a dressmaking business and more.
Climate and SMEs
The EIB is one of the largest multilateral providers of climate finance worldwide. In order to reduce the consequences of the climate crisis for us and generations to come, nearly all greenhouse gas emissions must be eliminated by the middle of this century.
Do you think climate change is too big of a problem for SMEs to address? Financing climate action and SMEs are both priorities for the EIB Group, and sometimes the two come together. Find out how an EIF-supported start-up in the Netherlands uses sustainable, natural materials to build everything from a farm to a dental care office.
For SMEs and mid-caps looking for finance
- Intermediated lending: Find out how the EIB and its partners can help you start up or expand your business
- Direct lending for mid-caps: Discover what the EIB can offer
- Discover more about EIF finance for SMEs
For financial institutions willing to partner with the EIB Group
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