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By taking SME risk, EIF pursues two main statutory objectives:
- fostering EU objectives, notably in the field of entrepreneurship, growth, innovation, research and development, employment and regional development;
- generating an appropriate return for our shareholders, through a commercial pricing policy and a balance of fee and risk based income.
EIF invests in venture capital and growth funds, mezzanine funds that support SMEs. Its investment activities also cover technology transfer and business incubators. It also provides funding (equity and loans), guarantees and technical assistance to a broad range of micro-credit providers, from non-bank financial institutions to well established banks to make microfinance a fully-fledged segment of the European financial sector.