Our cooperation model

Bpifrance aims to be the valued partner of French companies at every stage of their development. It is committed to cooperating with its counterparts across Europe and internationally, to creating mutual value for the benefit of companies’ growth and to supporting EU policies that promote entrepreneurship and innovation.

Presentation

As internationalisation is a key component of our support for French entrepreneurs, we are committed to cooperating with counterparts across Europe and internationally:

Sharing experiences, learning about best practices and working with counterparts improves efficiency and innovation: our team facilitates information-sharing and partnerships and brings in different business departments, as needed, or our dedicated advisory team.

Through its Brussels office, Bpifrance plays an active role in the European public debate and dialogue with European institutions and counterparts.

As a long-term investor and promotional institution, Bpifrance supports EU policies that encourage entrepreneurship and innovation and oversees initiatives at the national and regional level:

• As a partner of the European Investment Bank and shareholder of the European Investment Fund, it supports InvestEU

• As a partner of the Regional Authorities, it deploys ESIF funds to small and medium-sized enterprises

• It facilitates French SMEs’ access to Horizon 2020

Who is it for?

In an increasingly connected world, our products and programmes offer various models for cooperating with foreign financial and institutional partners with the aim of supporting business through cooperation:

• Foreign banks that provide trade finance to French exporters can access our Export Credit Agency’s products to facilitate international trade.

• Innovation agencies can cooperate to promote open innovation and the international expansion of SMEs: financing of technology cooperation projects under joint calls for proposals, GlobalStars or on an ad hoc basis

• Investors, including capital market investors, can partner with Bpifrance, which is regulated by the ECB, through:

• Fixed-income investments, notably bond issuance programmes

• Tailor-made variable-income investment partnerships 

• Business support organisations can work with us to jointly provide SME and midcap advisory services to accelerate their cross-border development and networking capabilities, including with investors 

• Foreign buyers of French capital goods or services can access loan facilities extended by Bpifrance. Click here to learn about Buyer Credit and Supplier Credit 

Our partners

Bpifrance is a partner of the European Investment Bank and Shareholder of the European Investment Fund and an active member of several European and International networks.

 

Networks:

NEFI (Network of European Financial Institutions for SMEs) is a network of 19 national development banks in the EU Member States. Its mission is to promote the exchange of information and good practices between its members (product lines, European regulation, role of development banks in the implementation of European policies...)

TAFTIE aims to establish collaboration in the implementation of national technology programs. The organization brings together 29 innovation agencies to exchange best practices mainly in the field of innovation in order to foster increased collaboration.

EVFIN is a dialogue platform bringing together 16 of the leading VC investors in Europe. It contributes to public debate in the EU by exploring possible measures to support the development of VCs and by sharing best practices within its network and within the European institutions.

The AECM represents the political interests of 47 guarantee societies towards the European institutions and deals mainly with issues related to the regulation of state aid for guarantee, European support programs, and prudential supervision. It also promotes the use of guarantees in Europe and the exchange of good practices in its network (eg schematic conceptualization of public guarantees, the development factors of family and traditional SMEs...).

The aim of EUREKA is to strengthen European competitiveness and entrepreneurship by fostering collaboration, driven by innovation in Europe, between small and large companies, research institutes, and universities in 40 countries.

Euromed Capital: Association that promotes exchanges and cooperation between different actors and partners in private equity on both sides of the Mediterranean area (investors, lawyers, consultants, financed companies, international public or private organizations involved in this field) and facilitates the development of their business flows between Europe and Africa.

The Montreal Group is a global forum bringing together 10 Development Banks all with a focus on VSEs / SMEs / mid-caps.  Its purpose is to foster international cooperation and exchange of technical expertise among its members on topics and / or products such as loan guarantees, financing of intangible projects, access to international markets…The Montreal Group also organizes world-class Forums on key topics linked to companies’ development.