The European Investment Fund (EIF), the public and private-funded body which provides risk financing to small and medium-sized companies in the European Union’s (EU) 27 member states, has started laying out its strategy for equity investments over the next decade.

Major themes include the support of technology transfer and entrepreneurship in Europe and financing the start-up and growth of technology European companies.  New instruments will be set-up in view of supporting all parts of the European venture capital (VC) ecosystem to maximise impact. Two pilot products under development include a sector focussed €250m ($340m) corporate venturing vehicle and a co-investment fund for non-institutional investors.

The EIF, which manages €5.6bn in about 350 primarily venture capital funds and is the largest investor in the asset class in Europe, has agreed to start a European Co-Investment Fund – a working title of a name – for a government and EIB…

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