Equity Loans and Venture Capital Fund

We invest in your company so you can expand around the world with peace of mind.

We acquire minority stakes in Italian companies and their foreign subsidiaries for international expansion projects. We do this using either our own resources or, for foreign investments, those of the Venture Capital Fund.

We support your investments abroad as a minority institutional investor in the long-term by acquiring stakes in foreign subsidiaries or by investing in the Italian companies themselves, provided that they use the resources for investments in innovation and research to gain a better position on foreign markets.

Furthermore, solely for direct investments abroad, a direct investment by SIMEST may be combined with a Venture Capital Fund investment for public assistance at excellent conditions, which SIMEST offers in association with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.


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Complementary financial resources.
Ownership structure strengthened by an institutional partner for growth in international markets.
Optimization of funding to support direct investments abroad.

Who it’s for

All companies that invest in productive, commercial or technological innovation as part of an international development program.

How it works

SIMEST supports internationalization projects by acquiring a stake in a foreign subsidiary or in the Italian company itself.

In addition to the investment by SIMEST, for direct investments abroad, companies may benefit from additional funding by the Venture Capital Fund bearing interest at a rate equal to the ECB rate plus a spread commensurate with the company’s size.

The combined investments by SIMEST and the Venture Capital Fund may reach up to 49% of the foreign company’s capital and may not exceed the Italian promoter company’s stake.

Furthermore, for investments in non-EU countries, interest grants are available to bring down the cost of the loan that the promoter company agrees with a third-party bank to finance its investment in the foreign company’s capital. 


Duration of the investment: up to 8 years

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