European Investment Fund (EIF)

set up your new fund
with an EIF investment

c*funds helps parties who are looking to set up an investment fund with the help of EIF investments. We work with promising PE’s, VC’s, family offices and Asset Management companies to set up new funds of 80 – 600 M EUR. In collaboration with these parties, a concept of an investment fund is drawn up. This concept is sent to the European Investment Fund (EIF). EIF has available funding within different thematic funding mandates, we aid application for the EFSI Equity program (read more). Concepts that are approved are invested by EIF funding of up to 50% of the fund total. The innovation fund is meant to fuel investments, boost growth and most importantly enable a more free flow of investment capital beyond country borders in the EU. The process of setting up an EIF investment fund, including negotiations, lies between 4-6 months. c*funds has built up a rich portfolio on best practices for the ESFI Equity mandates.


Added value?

  • +10 years of EU grants experience enriched with strong investment skills
  • Fast and professional preparation of frictionless application documentation (10-week sprints)
  • We ensure EIF compliance
  • Well established contacts with the EIF
  • We interface with EIF on behalf of your fund
  • Support with negotiations EIF


Track Record

  • c*funds has successfully supported approved EIF investment fund applications:
    28 M EUR in 2017 and more than 30 M EUR in 2018
  • More than 400 M EUR of assets/fund proposals from multiple different funds are
    currently in ongoing negotiations with the EIF and parallel LP private closings in the pipeline


On demand we provide references

Want to know more or are you already interested in fundraising with us, you can click on the following links below to ‘download’ a roadmap or book a free Quick Scan with us!

We work very actively with our clients (fund managers) as we act as a Project Manager on initiating your new fund. We also work with one Analyst from your team (market evidence) and one Strategist/Executive to fix the fund parameters.


As a proven concept of c*funds we mainly work with sprints to initiate your new fund.


First Sprint | 6 weeks:

  • Ideation for your new fund
  • c*funds validates and assesses your current fundraising documentation
  • The fund parameters and ‘skeleton’ of your new fund are decided upon
  • Producing EIF application documentation


Second Sprint | 6 weeks:

  • Ongoing EIF compliance validation
  • Submission and support EIF negotiations (timing regarding this activity fully depends on the EIF and the measure of negotiation)


Want to know more or are you already interested in fundraising with us, you can click on the following links below to ‘download’ a roadmap or book a free Quick Scan with us!

our code of conduct


1. We love smart private equity market data – smart LP data / benchmarks / business intelligence around fundraising. This is our starting point in each campaign

2. We use the best digital tools to support the success of fundraising; our most essential fundraiser business intelligence comes from our partnership with PitchBook (28.000 LP data)

3. We produce tangible fundraising results – fund marketing campaign, mailings, LP f2f meetings, access to PE events

4. We do what we promise

5. We work transparently with our fund managers

6. Our pricing is GP friendly

7. We believe in gender and cultural diversity in private equity and we pursue that in our daily work with our c*funds team




c*funds is a young, dedicated and agile team. We pride ourselves on delivering quality work using the following values:


  • Persistent & confident
  • Experimental & passionate
  • Future proof: data crunching, growth hacking, fast market validation
  • Strong in detail engineering
  • Angry (when needed)
  • Strong team of skilled financial experts, copywriters and designers

Roadmap to an EIF investment

What can investment by the European Investment Fund mean for your VC or private equity firm? Get insight into the necessities and timeline of the EIF investment process (EFSI Equity) through our EIF Roadmap.

  • Week-for-week timeline
  • Summary of all necessities
  • Best practices

Free PDF

Get a Quick Scan

Want to know more or are you already interested in setting up an EIF fund? Get in touch with our Funding Placement expert Katalin Gallyas.

  • Personalized advice
  • Expert on EU funds & fund placement
  • Discuss options through a video call

Get in touch!

tools we bet on

Since we don’t want to waste your or our precious time, we have invested in creating the best possible infrastructure around our grant or investment documentations. We make sure we can easily co-write in the same documents and ensure you know all the milestones, deliverables and deadlines. The tools we use make the full process super easy to control.

Monday –  All clients of c*funds can stay up to date what we are working on for them through Trello, a highly efficient project management tool.

pitchbook logo

Pitchbook – is one of our most important tools and one of the most powerful tools out there to track financial transactions and filter out the best investment possibilities.  c*funds has a partnership with PitchBook to use the most sophisticated fundraising modules for our clients.

other tools we rely on:

PandaDoc – all our contracts and mutual NDA’s are registered and created in PandaDoc where you can simply sign digitally.

Slack – if you want to create a team with us we are happy to open a channel with you, also for the follow up.

Pipedrive – we register and manage our traction here in order to be able to grow exponentially

Invoiced – To control our cash flow and invoice in a very efficient way, we make use of Invoiced benefiting you to pay at your convenience with PayPal, credit card or IBAN wire.