The fi‑compass Blog

Stories of how financial instruments have an impact on the ground

Roboze employee powers up 3D printer
19 May 2021
A tech start-up heading for the Big League

Alessio Lorusso, CEO of Roboze, a leading italian 3D company, built his first 3D printer alone in his bedroom at 17 out of curiosity and pure passion for 3D technology.

Supported by a EUR 3 million equity investment by Italy's Ministry of Universities and Research (MUR), Roboze is today a successful business developing machines and high performance components for worldwide giants.

ERDF
Italy
Comfort and savings for low-income households in Greece
18 May 2021
Comfort and savings for low-income households in Greece

The Greek Ministry of Development and Investments is supporting the restoration of thousands of individual houses and flats in the country, generating enough energy savings to light more than 600 thousand 100W lightbulbs continuously for one year.

ERDF
Greece
Knok Care hero
16 May 2021
Fresh air for Portugal’s healthcare

Knok Care is helping ease the pressure on hospitals in difficult times, thanks to its video based technology for medical consultations.

Backed by a EUR 1 437 500 equity investment from the ESF financial instrument, this innovative company helps people patients to find doctors nearby and receive medical care without leaving the comfort of their homes.

ESF
Portugal
The Alter'NA guarantee
27 January 2021
The Alter'NA guarantee fund – financing sustainable agriculture in Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Thanks to the Alter'NA guarantee fund, hundreds of farmers in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region have already successfully implemented sustainable agriculture projects.

EAFRD
France
Poland - Mountain 2
27 January 2021
Poland's National Fund for Social Entrepreneurship helps social economy enterprises in difficult times

Honorata Szatanik and Piotr Stachulak who are managing the cheese producing social cooperative Serowa Kraina in Rajcza, a village close to the border with Slovakia, tell us how the EUR 22 000 National Fund for Social Entrepreneurship loan supported their activities in difficult times.

ESF
Poland
Energy-saving renovation hero
27 January 2021
Energy-saving renovation: good for the planet…and for the wallet
Thanks to the Lithuanian Government’s ambitious Energy Efficiency (EE) renovation programme, which uses ERDF financial instruments, more than 3 000 multi-apartment buildings have been renovated so far in the country, while more than 1 000 projects are in various stages of preparation.
ERDF
Lithuania
IFRRU - letters
10 November 2020
IFRRU 2020: where there is a will, there is a way

Casa dos Reclamos, a modern digital design production business received an IFRRU 2020 loan that allowed it to expand its product lines, grow its workforce and invest in new sustainable production processes.

ESF
Portugal
Greece
9 November 2020
EquiFund, Greece: the power of equity financial instruments

Three successful trade sales in Greece, Think Silicon, Pushme and Instashop have enabled EquiFund financial intermediaries to exit their investments, whilst at the same time securing additional investment to support further growth and expansion of more companies.

ERDF
Greece
The Hague
8 November 2020
Energy transition in The Hague

’Just do it’ says Ton Overmeire, City of The Hague, when asked if he has any advice for cities and managing authorities thinking about using financial instruments to support the energy transition.

ERDF
All EU Member States