Success stories

99Math: maths, gaming and sports rolled into one

Viru Haigla (Pihlakodu): rethinking elderly care homes in Estonia

Aerones: using robotics to help the environment

CGTrader: global 3D model marketplace

Sonarworks: personalised sound

What is the EIF: fostering a thriving ecosystem for small businesses, whether these are start-ups or scale ups

The EIF helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) grow and prosper in Europe, promoting innovation, supporting employment and improving the economy. As part of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group, we design and deploy financial instruments, which enable banks and funds (financial intermediaries) to better serve SMEs.

As a result, we attract more private capital into the SME space, we kick-start new financing markets and ecosystems, and ultimately make more financing available to SMEs across the EU and associated countries.

The EIF manages resources on behalf of the EIB, the European Commission (EC), national and regional authorities and other third parties.The EIF is a public-private partnership whose tripartite shareholding structure includes the EIB, the EU represented by the European Commission and various public and private financial institutions.