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We actively invest in high-growth businesses across Scotland and we operate two funds on a commercial basis.

Our funds co-invest into Scottish small to medium businesses with high growth potential. We do this alongside private sector investors in an innovative shared-risk model, on equal terms. Investments start from £10,000, with total deal sizes of up £10 million.

Scottish Co-investment Fund

The Scottish Co-investment Fund is designed to address finance gaps, which involves accredited co-investment partners investing in your business. The Scottish Investment Bank (SIB) would fund your business up to 50% of what your investment partner invests in your business. The investment decision is made by the accredited partner.

This fund is available for start-up, early stage and expanding businesses and we can provide £10,000 to £1.5 million for equity finance deals.

Your total deal value needs to be worth between £20,000 and £10 million.

Read more about the Scottish Co-investment Fund

Scottish Venture Fund

The Scottish Venture Fund is a flexible equity gap fund aimed businesses looking for funding to develop products and/or markets. Private sector investors would invest in your business along with SIB.

SIB would fund your business up to 50% of what your investment partner invests in your business. This would be from £10,000 to £2 million for equity and venture debt finance deals. Your total deal value needs to be worth between £20,000 and £10 million.

The fund is available for start-up, early stage and expanding businesses and investment decision made by SIB.

Read more about the Scottish Venture Fund

Scottish-European Growth Co-Investment Programme

This programme is aimed at growth and export potential companies looking for larger levels of investment, which is usually above £2 million. It provides funding via Scottish Government’s Scottish Growth Scheme and European Investment Fund, matching the funding given by European Investment Fund-accredited fund managers.

Find out if you're eligible to apply for the Scottish-European Growth Co-Investment Programme

Energy Investment Fund

The Energy Investment Fund (EIF) is a Scottish Government Fund that is managed and delivered by the Scottish Investment Bank. It builds on the success of the Renewable Energy Investment Fund and provides commercial investment for renewable and low-carbon energy solutions.

EIF will provide flexible investment and debt funding for energy projects in Scotland that will facilitate and accelerate Scotland’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

Find out if you're eligible to apply for the Energy Investment Fund

Epidarex Capital

We're also an investor in Epidarex Capital’s fund for early stage, high growth, life science and health technology companies.

More about Epidarex Capital's fund

LendingCrowd

We also provide funding into LendingCrowd, Scotland’s leading innovative peer-to-peer lending platform providing loans to SMEs.

More about the LendingCrowd platform

Our services that support businesses

If you're looking for investment for your company, find out if you could benefit from SIB’s services.

Read more information about SIB's support for businesses

Companies we invest in

We have one of the largest portfolios in Scotland. We work intensively with companies we have invested in through dedicated portfolio managers, who support companies’ ongoing development and finance needs. Our team can also help you with accessing Scottish Enterprise products and services outwith SIB where this is relevant.

Get in touch with SIB about support for your business