By Ed Hall Rob Mailer Ajay Pathak Cindy Valentine King & Wood Mallesons’ London office.

The European venture capital landscape has come a long way since the establishment of the European Investment Fund (EIF) on 14 June 1994, and the EIF has played a significant role in the progress that has been made in the sector. Established with the primary aim of driving innovation and growth among small and medium sized businesses in the EU, the EIF has become invaluable for many venture and smaller buyout funds; a number of which may not have been raised without the EIF’s cornerstone investment and subsequent support. In a June research paper, EIF claimed credit for catalysing a whopping 41% of European VC investment activity in 2014, having themselves been directly responsible for 10%.

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