Founded in 1989 as the private equity investment subsidiary of the international development organization CARE, SEAF (“Small Enterprise Assistance Funds”) evolved in 1995 into an independent organization specializing in the sponsorship and management of investment funds targeting growth-oriented, emerging enterprises located in countries underserved by traditional sources of capital. SEAF pursues high impact economic development through the investment of risk capital in entrepreneurs, coupled with active business partnership and the transfer of knowledge and networks developed over 30 years of operation.
SEAF has an extensive track record of establishing local fund management capacity, and in investing in SMEs in emerging markets in Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. A global leader in SME finance, SEAF has managed or is managing 38 Funds and 14 Centers for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED) centers across 33 countries. SEAF has made more than 400 risk capital investments in entrepreneurs whose products and services improve the lives of people in a financially, socially and environmentally sustainable manner. SEAF requires that such investments generate returns for our investors, as that forces efficiency, accountability and sustainability of the process.
The core SEAF product is the traditional Private Equity Impact fund. Through these vehicles, SEAF seeks double bottom line impact – market rate financial returns coupled with social and environmental impact. With a global network of more than twenty offices staffed with experienced investment professionals and supported by a US-based back office team, SEAF is leader in the PE Impact Fund space.
SEAF is a pioneer in leading mission-driven fund solutions for global partners. Working on an ad hoc basis with leading development finance institutions, social organizations, and diaspora groups, SEAF has developed and managed investment vehicles that help organizations achieve their mandates on a local level, providing partners with professional management and impact results in the their target regions and sectors.
Through targeted grant programs, SEAF has worked with various organizations to develop entrepreneurial ecosystems across the globe. From our renowned Centers for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED) programs, to work with various US and Global agencies, SEAF is a reliable partner for organizations seeking entrepreneur-focused development solutions.
For over two decades, SEAF has been investing in growth-oriented SMEs in emerging markets. Launched in Central and Eastern Europe, we have since expanded our operations to Africa, Latin America and Asia and have invested in more than countries to date.
Our team of professionals represents over 20 nationalities around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, our investment management teams and CEED entrepreneurship programs operate in more than 20 offices in emerging markets.