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The European Commission is partnering with the European Investment Fund, to announce €45 million of BlueInvest fund financing into 2 funds targeting the blue economy across Europe. During the BlueInvest Day conference in Brussels, EIF Chief Executive Alain Godard and Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and

Fisheries, confirmed investments into Astanor Ventures and Blue Horizon VenturesI.

The BlueInvest pilot initiative managed by the European Investment Fund, provides financing to underlying equity funds that strategically target and support the innovative blue economy. This sector can play an important role in the transformation to a carbon-neutral economy by 2050, an ambition announced in the European Green Deal. The programme is backed by the European Fund for Strategic Investments, the financial pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe.

Since its launch last year EIF has deployed €45 million of the €75 million BlueInvest pilot initiative. Two new funds with established teams have received funding to-date, whose strategies encompass the agrifood tech industry including the blue economy, with an emphasis on food security, health and sustainability. These investments will support start-ups developing innovative products, materials, and services that can contribute to enhance ocean conservation and the sustainability of the blue economy.

Three additional fund investments into specialised blue economy funds, and backed by BlueInvest and InnovFin Equity under Horizon 2020finance, have also already been approved and are expected to materialise during the course of 2021. It is thus expected that the BlueInvest funds will be signed in the coming months. Through investments into these funds, around €300 million in equity funding will be mobilised for investment in innovative and sustainable ventures active in the Blue Economy.

The BlueInvest fund is complemented by the European Commission'sBlueInvest platform, which supports investment readiness and access to finance for early-stage businesses, SMEs and scale-ups. Through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, the Commission also funds an additional €40 million grant scheme, to help blue economy SMEs with developing and bringing to market new innovative and sustainable products, technologies and services.

These announcements come at a time when both institutions are exploring future cooperation in the context of the next Multi Financial Framework with a view to continue meeting financing needs emerging in this nascent VC market.