European Investment Fund
SMEs - European Union (EU).
The EIF is established to support Europe’s SMEs by improving their access to finance through a wide range of selected financial intermediaries.
To this end, the EIF designs, promotes and implements equity and debt financial instruments which specifically target SMEs.
In this role, the EIF supports EU objectives in support of entrepreneurship, growth, innovation, research and development, and employment.
The EIF is part of the EIB Group. Its shareholders are the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Union, represented by the European Commission, and a wide range of public and private banks and financial institutions.
It carries out its activities using either its own resources or resources provided by the European Investment Bank, the European Commission, by EU Member States or other third parties.