InnovFin SME Guarantee Facility

Project Duration

Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia

Brief Description

InnovFin SME Guarantee is a guarantee or counter-guarantee on debt financing that the European Investment Fund (EIF) provides to financial intermediaries in order to improve access to finance for innovative Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Small Mid-caps (enterprises with up to 499 employees).


Thanks to the InnovFin SME Guarantee, financial intermediaries – i.e. banks and other lending institutions, guarantee schemes or debt funds which are selected by the EIF can provide debt financing on favourable terms to innovative SMEs and Small Mid-caps in EU Member States and Associated Countries. InnovFin SME Guarantee is part of the “InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators” programme which is a joint European Investment Bank (EIB) Group and European Commission (EC) initiative under Horizon 2020, the EU framework for Research and Innovation (R&I) 2014-2020.

InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators offers a range of tailored financing products and advisory services to companies of different sizes ranging from SMEs to large corporations and other entities.

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