Early-Stage Innovation Facility



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Equity funds

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Approval date:

10 Dec 2014



PSD disclosed:

27 Oct 2014

Sub-projects signed under this framework

Project Description

The Early-Innovation Facility (“ESIF”) is a dedicated EUR 100 million facility through which the EBRD will selectively invest in commercially-oriented early-stage venture capital funds.

Transition Impact

Transition impact will be derived from: (i) expansion of the early-stage financing market for innovation based enterprises in the EBRD countries of operation, (ii) institutionalisation and setting standards for corporate governance of early-stage investment vehicles, and (iii) accelerating the development of the early-stage venture financing ecosystem by facilitating knowledge sharing and skills transfer between the early-stage ecosystem participants.

The Client

Through ESIF the EBRD will support selected best-in-class early-stage investment vehicles.

EBRD Finance

EUR 100 million framework. Maximum of EUR 10 million EBRD finance per sub-project.

Project Cost

Each sub-project will be required to raise 3rd party capital.

Environmental Impact

The individual sub-projects will all involve providing financing to financial intermediaries. Each sub-project will be required to comply with the EBRD Environmental and Social Policy requirements.

Technical Cooperation

TC funding may be sought in the future.

Company Contact

Troy A. Weeks: weekst@ebrd.com

Michael Parry: parrym@ebrd.com


Business opportunities

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