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Our Impact

SEAF’s impact strategy is led by its mission – to “Improve Lives and Communities Through Entrepreneur-Focused Investment” – and is driven by five pillars of activity:

  • Providing risk capital to growth stage, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging and frontier markets, seeking both financial returns & significant social and environmental impact
  • Targeting underserved markets
  • Delivering value creation support to investees to improve company performance
  • Making transparent, ethical and high-impact investments by promoting high ESG standards
  • Sponsoring Centers for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED) which provide training, education, peer networking, global access to entrepreneur-backed SMEs

SEAF has a dedicated impact team that is responsible for working with all local fund managers to target, measure and communicate the impact which each such fund or facility seeks to achieve. SEAF is also a member of the GIIN network, embracing its standardized metrics in addition to having its own data gathering process powered by GIIRS’s B analytics platform.

“3x” and the Core Impact Performance Metrics

Along with targeting commercial risk-adjusted financial returns, SEAF seeks to triple its positive impact over the holding period of each investment. That is, SEAF takes a “3x” approach to achieving social and environmental impact.

In doing so, SEAF has identified three impact performance metrics critical to its mission. These metrics are evaluated for each investment, pre-money and post-money, and on a fund portfolio level. The impact performance metrics – quality jobs, taxes paid, and revenue generated – represent key impact drivers and are typically complemented by more specific impact-themed metrics for each investment.

SEAF’s intent to create positive impact aligns neatly with its aims for financial returns as it pursues investments where impact is inherent in the business model of the portfolio company. That is, as the business scales, impact increases in parallel.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Alignment

SEAF’s impact investing strategy is fully aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which serve as a clear beacon for the benefit of communities and societies.

Learn more about SEAF’s alignment to the UN SDGs here.