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 £170 million to help SMEs with high growth potential, like yours, to forge ahead.

The funds are part of our Access to Finance 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: £29m integrated suite of funds and support for entrepreneurs, seed and early stage SMEs and university spin-outs. For more information visit:
  • CoFund NI: £28m venture capital fund that co-invests alongside business angels and other private investors. For more information visit:
  • Development Funds: Two £30m equity funds designed to help SMEs in Northern Ireland accelerate their growth. For more information visit: and

techstart NI, Co-Fund NI and the Development Funds 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, funded by Invest NI. It is delivered by Northern Ireland Science Park and provides a matching service between companies seeking investors and business angels. For more information visit the Halo website.


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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