The first meeting of the EIF-NPI Equity Platform General Forum was held on 29.09. 2016 in Luxembourg. The meeting marked the launch of the EIF-NPI Equity Platform and included a ceremony for signature of its Charter by its founding members.
The General Forum currently consists of 32 members. NPIs interested in becoming members of the General Forum can apply at any time by following the instructions below under "How to apply".
The EIF-NPI Equity Platform is a new collaborative initiative launched by the EIF in 2016 that promotes knowledge sharing and best practices between EIF and national promotional institutions (NPIs) or banks (NPBs) across EU Member States. Its ultimate goal is to enhance access to funding for SMEs and Midcaps, support defragmentation of equity markets, and match national, EU and private sources of funding.
This initiative is established on the occasion of the Investment Plan for Europe, and as a response to priorities set by EU stakeholders and NPIs. It will guide EIF and NPIs in implementing equity investments, including EFSI-related activities. EIF shares the objective of NPIs active across the EU of supporting a well-functioning European Venture Capital and Private Equity market for the ultimate benefit of European SMEs and Midcaps.
The main component of the EIF-NPI Equity Platform is NPI membership in a multilateral General Forum dedicated to defining strategic opportunities for enhanced collaboration with EIF or amongst NPIs. The General Forum elects some of its members to serve in a Consultative Forum, which focuses on specific topics related to concrete operational and investment cooperation.
Who is eligible to become a member of the EIF-NPI Equity Platform General Forum?
The initiative is targeting national promotional institutions (NPIs) or banks (NPBs) active in the EU Member States. Interested institutions which are eligible as per the definition set out in the Charter (below) can apply for membership in the EIF-NPI Equity Platform General Forum. Membership is governed by the Charter and the operations of the General Forum are governed by the relevant rules of procedure.
For risk capital funds targeting SMEs and small mid-caps:
Find details on how to submit your investment proposal to EIF’s Equity Investment department.
For SMEs and small mid-caps:
If you are looking for finance, please address to EIF's financial intermediaries directly. Please note that final funding approval lies solely with the financial intermediary. For more information please visit EIF_for SMEs.