EIF and Germany: building a sustainable ecosystem together

EIF and Germany: building a sustainable ecosystem together

Since our first investment in Germany more than twenty years ago, we have bolstered and supported small business growth in the country, providing over EUR 6.7bn in new SME financing to the German market, and reaching more than 106,000 SMEs.

Our support to Germany’s equity financing ecosystem means that today’s entrepreneurs have access to a breadth of institutional investors and business angels who are keen to work with a wide range of sectors and across the entire SME business lifecycle - from seed investments to early-stage venture and mid-market private equity.

At the same time, small businesses looking for loan financing in Germany can access more loans, on better terms, thanks to guarantees and securitisation transactions implemented by the EIF.

This scale of impact in Germany has been made possible thanks to various EU-wide programmes but also as a result of our fruitful partnerships with local public authorities such as the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the regional promotional banks LfA Förderbank Bayern and NRW. Bank.

Additional local impact has been achieved through the EIF-NPI Equity Platform, an initiative designed to share best market practice, enhance cooperation and support private investment. A number of key German counterparties are members, including KfW, ERP-Sondervermögen and, at a regional level L-Bank (Baden-Württemberg), LfA (Bavaria), NRW.Bank (North Rhine-Westphalia), SAB (Saxony) and WIBank (Hesse).

Together with all our partners, we have been able to address local financing gaps through dedicated programmes and new financial instruments, ensuring better access to finance for small business owners, upon whom the German economy depends for its innovation and job creation.


12,449 SMEs in Germany have received financing so far under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) SME Window.

29 transactions focusing on Germany have been approved, which have committed over EUR 974m in the country, aiming to mobilise more than EUR 6bn.

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