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Small businesses (SMEs)

Flagship programmes

Women in Business

The EBRD's Women in Business programme is one of the Bank’s most celebrated initiatives, aimed at recognising and addressing the challenges faced by women-led businesses across our countries of operations. The programme promotes access to finance and a shift in the way in which local financial institutions serve women-led SMEs: providing them with introductions to business networks, know-how, and role models, to give them the support they need to take their businesses further and help to create an enabling environment for women’s entrepreneurship more broadly.

Blue Ribbon

The EBRD's Blue Ribbon programme delivers tailor-made financing and sector-specific advisory solutions – covering operational, management, and financial advisory – to high-growth SMEs over the course of five years – helping the SME make the right choices in the best possible way. Blue Ribbon is delivered across all EBRD countries of operations on an invitation-only basis.

The Blue Ribbon programme offers a range of tailor-made advisory services and financing options for selected companies.

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Star Venture

The EBRD's Star Venture programme targets promising start-ups, accelerators and consultants, by leveraging a dedicated network of mentors and advisers to channel a whole range of bespoke advisory services; industry best practices; workshops; and mentoring and technical assistance, helping them to unleash their full potential. 

Business Development and Matching

The EBRD's Business Development and Matching programme mobilises SMEs in particular sectors to developed markets where SME owners and executives can meet potential overseas partners and expand their businesses through arranged 1:1 matching meetings and participation of international trade shows.

Our work with SMEs