Business benefits from financial instruments

Published on 11 December 2018
Valerian Seither

The newest videos published on the fi-compass website include testimonials about the use of ESIF equity financial instruments from the Federal State of Berlin in Germany (VC-fund Technology and VC-fund Creative Industries), Greece (EquiFund), Brittany Region (Breizh Up Fund) and Latvia (Acceleration, Seed & Venture and Expansion Funds).

In these short interviews, different types of stakeholders share their views on the support available through equity instruments co-financed with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in their Member States and regions. The videos include the perspective of different types of stakeholders: final recipients, fund of funds, fund managers, intermediate body as well as the European Commission.

The video interviews are available on the fi-compass ‘What they say’ video playlist and can be accessed also directly here:

The potential of ESIF equity financial instruments – Stefan Appel, DG REGIO, European Commission

Berlin’s experiences with ESIF equity instruments – Irene Schucht, Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB), Germany

Final recipient’s perspective on support received through ESIF equity financial instruments – Valerian Seither, emmy Sharing, Germany

Final recipient's perspective on support received through ESIF equity financial instruments - Nora Blum, Selfapy, Germany

NPI’s role as a fund of funds for equity financial instruments supporting SMEs in Latvia – Juris Vaskāns, Altum, Latvia

Fund manager's view on the EquiFund providing equity financing to SMEs in Greece – Velocity Partners, Greece

Fund manager’s view on the BreizhUp Fund supporting innovative SMEs in Brittany Region – Stephane Lefevre-Sauli, Sofimac Innovation, France

The interviews were recorded during the fi-compass event ‘Financial intermediaries and equity financial instruments – Working with managing authorities on ESIF equity instruments’ on 15 and 16 October 2018 in Berlin, Germany.


Furthermore, new fi-compass films will be available in early 2019 through our website’s video library playlists and present ERDF case study success stories from France, Italy, the Netherlands and Northern Ireland.