SEAF launched in Asia in 2001 through the establishment of the SEAF Sichuan SME Investment Fund (SSIF). From China, we expanded our involvement in the region westward, investing in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan through our Central Asia Small Enterprise Fund (CASEF) in 2002.
In 2004, SEAF entered India, teaming with Kotak Mahindra, one of India’s leading financial institutions, to launch the India Growth Fund. SEAF managed the SEAF India International Growth Fund (SIIGF) in tandem with Kotak Mahindra Private Equity’s management of the domestic India Growth Fund, through a unified Indian trust, to which SEAF served as an investment advisor.
In 2007, we extended our footprint in the region even further, launching funds in Vietnam and Afghanistan, finding unique opportunities in each country for promising investments.
In 2010, we expanded our presence in India, launching our proprietary SEAF India Agribusiness International Fund, which will target SMEs along India’s agribusiness value chain. That same year, SEAF launched in Bangladesh with SEAF Bangladesh Ventures (SEAF BV).
In 2017, SEAF launched the SEAF Women’s Opportunity Fund, focusing investments on SMEs in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. SEAF BV also received a follow-on investment from IFC and Climate Investment Funds-Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (CIF-PPCR).