Access to EU Finance

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Financial inter­mediaries Region of activity Type of finance Amount of finance Investment focus Additional information Sources of finance

The North East Fund Limited

NORTH EAST (ENGLAND)
  • Tees Valley and Durham
Loan/ Guarantee, Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general Structural Funds - National sources of finance

Wales Business Fund

WALES
  • West Wales and The Valleys
  • East Wales
Loan/ Guarantee

> 1 000 GBP

< 2 000 000 GBP

All sectors/ general Structural Funds - National sources of finance

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

NORTH EAST (ENGLAND)
  • Tees Valley and Durham
NORTH WEST (ENGLAND) YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER
Loan/ Guarantee, Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general Structural Funds - National sources of finance

Clarendon Fund Managers

NORTHERN IRELAND
  • Northern Ireland
Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general EU supports: Invest NI fund Structural Funds - National sources of finance

Midlands Engine Investments

EAST MIDLANDS (ENGLAND) WEST MIDLANDS (ENGLAND) Loan/ Guarantee, Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general Structural Funds - National sources of finance

Turquoise International

EAST OF ENGLAND
  • East Anglia
  • Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
  • Essex
Equity/ Venture capital

> 75 000 GBP

< 1 000 000 GBP

Start-up, early stage, Cleantech Eligible businesses are those developing low carbon products or services or improving their processes to reduce their operational CO2 outputs. Structural Funds - National sources of finance

SWIG Services

SOUTH WEST (ENGLAND) Loan/ Guarantee All sectors/ general South West Loan Fund Structural Funds - National sources of finance, EIF

The Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Venture Funds

NORTHERN IRELAND
  • Northern Ireland
Equity/ Venture capital

< 6.000.000 €

All sectors/ general, ICT sector Focus: Information Communications Technology, Software and Engineering Structural Funds - National sources of finance

Crescent Capital

NORTHERN IRELAND
  • Northern Ireland
Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general Focus: manufacturing, tradable services and technology Structural Funds - National sources of finance

Wales Business Fund

WALES
  • West Wales and The Valleys
  • East Wales
Equity/ Venture capital Structural Funds - National sources of finance

MMC Ventures

LONDON
  • Inner London
  • Outer London
Equity/ Venture capital ICT sector, Life Sciences Focus: financial services; creative industries; the 'digital economy'

Structural Funds - National sources of finance

Business Loans Scotland (SME Holding Fund)

SCOTLAND Loan/ Guarantee All sectors/ general Structural Funds - National sources of finance

Pentech Ventures

NORTHERN IRELAND
  • Northern Ireland
Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general Focus: FinTech, Cloud Management, SaaS, Big Data Analytics, Machine Learning/AI, Algorithmic Management, IOT, Blockchain, Security, Robotics and Transportation Structural Funds - National sources of finance

Fredericks Foundation

Loan/ Guarantee

< 10 000 GBP

All sectors/ general, Start-up, early stage EaSI

Kennet Equipment Leasing

Loan/ Guarantee

< 350.000 €

< 250 000 British Pound Sterling

All sectors/ general, Leasing Placing finance agreements for a huge range of businesses, of all types and sizes.
EIF

LDF

Loan/ Guarantee All sectors/ general, Leasing Focus: ENABLE funding programme
EIF

Rewilding Europe Capital

Loan/ Guarantee

> 100.000 €

< 600.000 €

Cleantech NCFF: loans and investments in funds to support projects which promote the conservation of natural capital, including adaptation to climate change EIB, LIFE

LINC (SME Holding Fund)

SCOTLAND Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general Structural Funds - National sources of finance

Shire Leasing

Loan/ Guarantee, Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general, Leasing EIF

Asset Advantage

Loan/ Guarantee All sectors/ general, Leasing Finance leases, hire purchase and loan products EIF

MML Capital Partners

Loan/ Guarantee, Equity/ Venture capital

> 10.000.000 €

< 50.000.000 €

All sectors/ general, Expansion stage (growth) EIF

SG Equipment Finance UK

Loan/ Guarantee All sectors/ general, Leasing EIB loans can be used to finance all tangible and intangible investments. EIB

Nest Capital (Capman)

Loan/ Guarantee, Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general, Expansion stage (growth) EFSI, EIF

BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions

Loan/ Guarantee All sectors/ general, Leasing EIB loans can be used to finance all tangible and intangible investments. EIB

EIB

Loan/ Guarantee

> 7.500.000 €

< 300.000.000 €

All sectors/ general, Research, development, innovation Loans and guarantees to innovative businesses; Financing of research & development projects
EIB, InnovFin

Triodos Bank NV

Loan/ Guarantee

< 500.000 €

Social enterprises Focus: innovative, socially-oriented start-ups, companies in the organic food supply chain, sustainable fashion, labour exclusion, as well as organic and sustainable hotels, and restaurant EaSI, EFSI

Royal Bank of Scotland

Loan/ Guarantee Life Sciences Focus: Healthcare sector EIB, EIF

RiverRock European Capital Partners

Loan/ Guarantee, Equity/ Venture capital

> 5.000.000 €

< 20.000.000 €

All sectors/ general Focus: targeting high-quality small or medium-sized companies needing debt financing for refinancing, growth or working capital.
EFSI, EIF

Tenax Capital

Loan/ Guarantee

> 25.000 €

< 7.500.000 €

All sectors/ general, Research, development, innovation InnovFin, EFSI, EIF

Metric Capital Partners

Loan/ Guarantee, Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general, Expansion stage (growth) Focus: Companies with an Enterprise Value of €50 - 500 million.

EIF

Growth Capital Partners

Loan/ Guarantee, Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general Focus: industrials, oil & gas; business services; consumer & leisure; telecoms and technology. EFSI, EIF

Muzinich

Loan/ Guarantee, Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general, Expansion stage (growth) EFSI, EIF

Kreos Capital

Loan/ Guarantee, Equity/ Venture capital

< 30.000.000 €

All sectors/ general, Expansion stage (growth), ICT sector, Life Sciences, Cleantech EFSI, EIF

Alcuin GP III LLP

Loan/ Guarantee, Equity/ Venture capital

> 2 000 000 GBP

< 10 000 000 GBP

All sectors/ general, Expansion stage (growth) Focus: companies in niche markets having supported entrepreneurs in sectors as diverse as retail (coffee, doughnuts, lingerie), technology (saas software, data hosting), waste recycling (waste-to-energy), insurance, manufacturing (pest control, telecoms) and leisure (travel, hotels).
EIF

DSL (SME Holding Fund)

SCOTLAND Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general Structural Funds - National sources of finance

Scottish Co-investment Fund

SCOTLAND Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general Structural Funds - National sources of finance

Scottish Venture Fund

SCOTLAND Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general Structural Funds - National sources of finance

EIB

Loan/ Guarantee, Equity/ Venture capital

> 5.000.000 €

< 15.000.000 €

Cleantech Focus: Nature, Biodiversity & Climate Change Adaptation (NCFF) LIFE

Barclays Bank UK PLC

Loan/ Guarantee

< 5 000 000 GBP

Research, development, innovation, Start-up, early stage EU Supports: Innovation Finance
InnovFin, EFSI

Acton Capital

Equity/ Venture capital ICT sector Focus: internet- and mobile-based, consumer-oriented businesses. EIF

Open Ocean Capital

Equity/ Venture capital

> 750.000 €

< 1.000.000 €

All sectors/ general, Start-up, early stage, ICT sector EFSI, EIF

3TS Capital Partners

Equity/ Venture capital

< 30.000.000 €

All sectors/ general, Expansion stage (growth), ICT sector Focus: Technology & Telecoms, Media & Marketing, Services, Environment & Energy EIF

Notion Capital

Equity/ Venture capital Start-up, early stage, ICT sector Focus: B2B SaaS & Cloud
EFSI, EIF

HBM Partners

Equity/ Venture capital Expansion stage (growth), Life Sciences Focus: healthcare sector (human medicine, biotechnology, medical technology and diagnostics sectors)
EIF

Boost&Co SAS

Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general, ICT sector, Life Sciences, Cleantech Focus: software & services, internet, life sciences, hardware, cleantech.
EIF

Gilde Healthcare

Equity/ Venture capital Life Sciences EFSI, EIF

Sovereign Capital

Equity/ Venture capital

< 50 000 000 GBP

All sectors/ general Focus: support services, education & training and healthcare services sectors.
EIF

Dundedin

Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general, Expansion stage (growth) Focus: in management buyouts, buyins and growth capital transactions in the UK. Other areas of focus include sales and marketing, business process redesign, procurement, IT and human resources. EIF

Environmental Technologies Fund 3

Equity/ Venture capital

> 5.000.000 €

< 10.000.000 €

Expansion stage (growth), Cleantech EFSI, EIF

MED II

Equity/ Venture capital Expansion stage (growth) Focus: Medtech, Care services, Preventive health and BioPharma. EFSI

Connect Ventures

Equity/ Venture capital Start-up, early stage, ICT sector Focus: Consumer Mobile, Software as a Service, E-Commerce
EFSI, EIF

Felix Capital

Equity/ Venture capital

> 100.000 €

< 10.000.000 €

Start-up, early stage, ICT sector Focus: Digital Commerce, Digital Media and Connected Life EIF

Seroba Life Sciences Fund

Equity/ Venture capital

< 10.000.000 €

Start-up, early stage, Life Sciences Focus on therapeutics and medical devices. EFSI, EIF

Mayfair Equity Partners

Equity/ Venture capital Expansion stage (growth) Focus: TMT and Consumer sectors
EFSI, EIF

Scottish Equity Partners

Equity/ Venture capital

< 20 000 000 GBP

Research, development, innovation, Expansion stage (growth), ICT sector, Life Sciences Focus: Internet, ecommerce, SaaS, e-healthcare, energy efficiency
EFSI, EIF

Van den Ende and Deitmers Crossmedia

Equity/ Venture capital ICT sector Focus: cultural and creative sector
EIF

Forbion Capital

Equity/ Venture capital Life Sciences Focus: Life Sciences and Biomedical Technology. EFSI, EIF

Abingworth Bioventures

Equity/ Venture capital Research, development, innovation, Start-up, early stage, Expansion stage (growth), Life Sciences Focus: Biotherapeutics, small molecules, nucleic acid therapeutics, vaccines, specialty pharma, technologies, medical devices, diagnostics, instrumentation EFSI, EIF

NorthEdge Capital Fund

Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general, Expansion stage (growth) EFSI, EIF

Praesidian Capital

Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general, Expansion stage (growth) No start-up companies or those operating in the exploration of natural resources, real estate or operational turnarounds EIF

e.ventures Europe VI GmbH & Co. KG

Equity/ Venture capital Start-up, early stage, ICT sector EFSI, EIF

DN Capital

Equity/ Venture capital

< 10.000.000 €

Start-up, early stage, ICT sector Focus: digital media, e-commerce and software companies. EFSI, EIF

Centre for Drug Design & Discovery

Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general, Research, development, innovation, Start-up, early stage, Life Sciences Focus: discovery of new and innovative small molecule drugs EFSI, EIF

Food Tech Opportunity I FPCI

Equity/ Venture capital Start-up, early stage Focus: Food tech. InnovFin, EFSI

Heartcore Capital Fund III K/S

Equity/ Venture capital Start-up, early stage, ICT sector EFSI, EIF

Isomer Capital 1

Equity/ Venture capital Start-up, early stage InnovFin, EFSI

Sunstone Life Science Ventures Fund IV

Equity/ Venture capital Start-up, early stage, Life Sciences Focus: early-stage Life Science companies developing novel therapeutics for humans. Please note that we do not invest in medical technologies, enabling technologies and diagnostics. We usually invest when drug candidates are in the pre-clinical or clinical phase I.
InnovFin, EFSI

Key Capital Partners

Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general, Expansion stage (growth) Focus: Consumer, manufacturing, business services, recruitment and IT
EFSI, EIF

Bridge Development Capital

Equity/ Venture capital

> 10.000.000 €

< 75.000.000 €

All sectors/ general Focus: Consumer & Leisure, Financial Services, Healthcare, Industrials, Media & Technology and Services sectors. EIF

CBPE Capital Fund IX

Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general, Research, development, innovation, Expansion stage (growth) Focus: Business & Financial Services; Consumer, Leisure & Retail; Healthcare; Industrials; Technology EFSI, EIF

SET Fund II

Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general, Research, development, innovation, Cleantech Focus: smart energy solutions COSME, InnovFin, EFSI, EIF

Atlantic Bridge

Equity/ Venture capital

> 5 000 000 GBP

< 20 000 000 GBP

Expansion stage (growth), ICT sector EIF

Partech Growth

Equity/ Venture capital ICT sector EFSI, EIF

EU grants, funds and programmes (calls for proposals)

All sectors/ general Direct access to all open calls for proposals published by the Commission (among them, many SME-specific programmes).

Panoramic Growth Fund

Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general, Expansion stage (growth), ICT sector EFSI, EIF

Ardian Expansion Fund IV

Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general, Expansion stage (growth) EFSI, EIF

Inflexion

Equity/ Venture capital

> 15 000 000 GBP

< 75 000 000 GBP

All sectors/ general, Expansion stage (growth) business services; energy and infrastructure; financial services; healthcare and education; retail, consumer and leisure; engineering; and technology, media and telecoms.
EIF

Iris Capital

Equity/ Venture capital

> 1.000.000 €

< 20.000.000 €

ICT sector Focus: digital economy, and among others, social and new digital media, Internet and mobile services, Cloud Computing, new networking and softwware technologies, etc.
EIF

Cipio Partners

Equity/ Venture capital

> 2 000 000 GBP

< 6 000 000 GBP

All sectors/ general, Expansion stage (growth), ICT sector, Life Sciences, Cleantech Focus: TMT (IT, Semiconductors, Communication, Digital & Media) as well as Cleantech and Medical Technology. EFSI, EIF

Environmental Technologies Fund

Equity/ Venture capital

> 5.000.000 €

< 15.000.000 €

Start-up, early stage, Cleantech CIP, EIF

Sofinnova Partners

Equity/ Venture capital

< 25.000.000 €

Start-up, early stage, Life Sciences, Cleantech Focus: Technology and life sciences, including cleantech InnovFin, EFSI, EIF

Livingbridge Entreprise

Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general, Expansion stage (growth) Focus: Business Services, Financial Services, Consumer Markets, Healthcare & Education, Energy and Environmental, Technology, Media and Telecommunications
EFSI, EIF

NorthEdge Capital

Equity/ Venture capital

> 5 000 000 GBP

< 35 000 000 GBP

All sectors/ general Focus: established businesses, typically with turnover greater than £10 million and profits greater than £1.5 million. EFSI, EIF

Paua Ventures

Equity/ Venture capital Research, development, innovation, Start-up, early stage, ICT sector EFSI, EIF

Frontline Ventures

Equity/ Venture capital

> 100.000 €

< 750.000 €

Research, development, innovation, ICT sector Focus: Big Data, Cloud Services, Internet, and Mobile InnovFin, EFSI, EIF

Notion Capital

Equity/ Venture capital Start-up, early stage, ICT sector Focus: Enterprise Software, Big Data & Business intelligence, Digital Security, FinTech, eCommerce Enablement, AdTech.
EFSI, EIF

KEEN Venture Partners

Equity/ Venture capital

> 7.500.000 €

< 25.000.000 €

All sectors/ general, Start-up, early stage, Expansion stage (growth), ICT sector Excluded sectors: Online retail | Digital media | Games | Life sciences | Clean Tech | Gambling
In addition we do not invest in proof of concept phases and KEEN will look for commercial momentum. We like to back companies who are ready to scale internationally.
COSME, EIF

Atomico

Equity/ Venture capital Expansion stage (growth), ICT sector EFSI, EIF

HPE Growth Capital

Equity/ Venture capital

> 10.000.000 €

< 30.000.000 €

Expansion stage (growth), ICT sector Focus: Hi-Tech Hardware, New Materials, Software and Internet
EFSI, EIF

Frog Capital

Equity/ Venture capital Start-up, early stage, Expansion stage (growth), ICT sector Focus: IT, Digital Media & Resource Efficiency
EIF

Draper Esprit

Equity/ Venture capital ICT sector investment into visionary and growing companies and also have the ability to do direct secondary deals into late stage tech companies as well as buying entire venture capital portfolios. EIF

Hedosophia Gamma

Equity/ Venture capital Expansion stage (growth), ICT sector EFSI, EIF

Lyceum Capital Partners

Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general Focus: operational improvements, supporting organic growth and sourcing and funding complementary acquisitions. EIF

BlackFin Capital Partners

Equity/ Venture capital

> 10.000.000 €

All sectors/ general, Expansion stage (growth) Focus: financial products, asset management, electronic banking, BPO, internet finance and capital markets EFSI, EIF

Bridges Ventures

Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general, Social enterprises Focus: Underserved Areas (meaning economically deprived areas); Environment; Education & Skills and Health & Wellbeing, where underlying social or environmental problems create an imperative for change and attractive growth opportunities for entrepreneurial businesses.
EIF

Sunstone Technology Ventures Fund

Equity/ Venture capital Start-up, early stage, ICT sector, Life Sciences Focus: software, mobile and and internet companies as well as life sciences ventures EFSI, EIF

CRT Pioneer Fund

Equity/ Venture capital Start-up, early stage, Life Sciences Bridges the investment gap between cancer drug discovery and early development
EIF

Lakestar

Equity/ Venture capital Start-up, early stage, ICT sector EFSI, EIF

WestBridge Capital

Equity/ Venture capital

> 2 000 000 GBP

< 8 000 000 GBP

All sectors/ general, Expansion stage (growth) Provides growth and expansion capital to businesses. EIF

Highland Europe Technology Growth Fund

Equity/ Venture capital Start-up, early stage, ICT sector EFSI, EIF

HealthCap

Equity/ Venture capital Research, development, innovation, Start-up, early stage, Expansion stage (growth), Life Sciences Healthcap focuses mainly on companies within therapeutics (defined as drugs, biologics, vaccines or medical devices with a therapeutic application). EFSI, EIF

GP Bullhound

Equity/ Venture capital All sectors/ general, Research, development, innovation, Start-up, early stage, ICT sector EFSI, EIF