The government invests 15.6 million euros in a venture capital fund targeting startups


The government is investing 5.6 billion forints (15.6 million euros) in a new Euroventures venture capital fund management fund through state-owned venture capital fund manager Széchenyi Funds, said the Minister of Finance Mihály Varga.

Széchenyi Funds will raise capital in Euroventures latest and fifth fund, making it its largest investor. The new fund targets startups after their initial launch and in their growth phase, the minister said.

The money will go mainly to technology companies specializing in information technology, biotechnology or environmental technologies. Export capacity will be an important factor, as they seek out companies with products or services that can be competitive in the international market, Varga said.

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While restarting the economy, the government wants to strengthen as many high value-added companies as possible and increase competitiveness, he added.

The minister noted that in July, the government had already launched a 10 billion forint support program for local startups in their launch phase through the Széchenyi funds.

Varga said there are over 1,000 startups in Hungary with some 26,000 people on the payroll.

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