Funding through loans and equity

Don’t let your business stall through lack of funding. We can help.

We’ve created a suite of six funds totalling more than £185 million to help SMEs with high growth potential, like yours, to forge ahead.

The funds are part of our Access to Finance (PDF) initiative and offer a continuum of support, via loans and equity, to businesses of different sizes or at different stages of growth or development.

The funds are:

  • NI Small Business Loan Fund: £5m fund that provides unsecured loans to individuals, private companies and social enterprises in the small, medium and micro enterprise size range. For more information visit:
  • Growth Loan Fund: £50m fund that provides unsecured loan finance to SMEs that can demonstrate strong growth and export potential. For more information visit:
  • techstart NI (ERDF): £29m integrated suite of funds and support for entrepreneurs, seed and early stage SMEs and university spin-outs. For more information visit:
  • CoFund NI II (ERDF): £50m venture capital fund that co-invests alongside business angels and other private investors. For more information visit:
  • Development Funds (ERDF): Two £30m equity funds designed to help SMEs in Northern Ireland accelerate their growth. For more information visit: and

techstart NI (ERDF), Co-Fund NI II (ERDF) and the Development Funds (ERDF) are part financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the EU investment for Growth and Jobs Programme 2014-2020


Halo is the Northern Ireland Business angel network, a joint initiative between Invest NI and InterTradeIreland. The Halo programme provides a matching service between companies seeking investors and business angels.

HALO NI is a business angel network aiming to connect high net worth individuals with businesses that are in need of angel investment to grow and realise their potential.

The HALO programme is a joint initiative between Invest Northern Ireland and IntertradeIreland. It works closely with Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN), the umbrella group for angel investing on the island of Ireland. HBAN’s primary objective is to establish business angel syndicates who will, over a period of time, invest in a number of high growth potential businesses.

If you are interested in making an angel investment or if you are a business that is seeking such investment, contact us for an application form and further details.

Find out more about HALO

To find out more about our Access to Finance Strategy call us on 0800 181 4422 or fill in the online form

All support is subject to eligibility criteria and maximum levels of assistance.

Even if you are not sure that this support is right for you, contact us and we can explore options for your business together.

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