PORTUGAL BLUE: a new initiative for blue economy investments


The EIF and the Portuguese national promotional institution, Instituição Financeira de Desenvolvimento (IFD), launched PORTUGAL BLUE, a €50 million equity partnership to support Portuguese companies active in the area of blue economy

The EIF and IFD each contribute €25 million to this joint programme, which is expected to catalyse over €75 million of investments into funds and final beneficiary companies. The aim is to crowd in the additional resources from private investors, and commit the funding into up to two funds focused on blue economy with a climate impact and sustainable development objective.

PORTUGAL BLUE wants to help foster the Portuguese blue economy ecosystem by providing funding to start-ups, SMEs, and midcaps at every stage of development by accessing access early-stage, venture-, growth- and expansion equity capital.

Furthermore, our initiative aims to build local capacity by supporting emerging fund managers that focus a significant part of their investments on companies operating in blue economy sectors in Portugal. Hence, selected venture capital and private equity funds/teams will also be based or located in Portugal.

PORTUGAL BLUE is the third equity partnership – following Portugal Tech and Portugal Growth – between the EIF and IFD under the EIF-NPI Equity Platform and the Investment Plan for Europe’s implementation in cooperation with EU National Promotional Institutions.

The IFD funding made available under this collaboration is co-financed by the Portuguese Ministry of Sea with resources from Fundo Azul.

The call for expression of interest with details on how to apply is available here.