The ecosystem

Europe has a wealth of private equity and venture capital investment opportunities with more small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) per unit of GDP than anywhere else in the world.

Having acquired expertise and capital, serial entrepreneurs are now reinvesting in Europe to support “smart” economic growth driven by the next generation of technology companies and life sciences innovation.

Expansion, managed buy-ins and consolidation activity give private equity investors numerous opportunities to access the engine of Europe’s real economy. The European entrepreneurship ecosystem has never been healthier.

In terms of value creation, European private equity markets have the potential to deliver significant investor return, in particular when combined with the EIF’s proven manager selection process.

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Proven European success stories

European entrepreneurs are creating disruption on a global scale as these examples from the EIF’s return portfolio highlight.

TECHNOLOGY

Innovating to meet the needs of a new type of consumer

April 2018 IPO
Valuation $29.5bn

LIFE SCIENCES

Innovating to deliver game changing therapeutics

Sold to AMGEN
For $300m

SMALL MID-CAP PRIVATE EQUITY

Pionner in artifical intelligence

Sold to APPLE
May 2015

TECHNOLOGY

Global leader in online price comparison and travel booking

Sold to CTRIP
For $1.4bn

SMALL MID-CAP PRIVATE EQUITY

Web-to-print specialist

Sold to CIMPRESS
Apr 2014

SMALL MID-CAP PRIVATE EQUITY

Nationwide healthcare provider

EIF Investment Dec 2009
IPO Jun 2015

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