Through its first investment fund launched in Poland in 1992, SEAF began working in Central and Eastern Europe shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. As newly independent economies began to emerge in the region, we started to expand our network of promising entrepreneurs. SEAF’s regional footprint has since spread from the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), through Poland, Romania and the Balkans (Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, and Serbia) to Armenia and Georgia. Throughout the region, SEAF’s investment officers have sought out innovative entrepreneurs, providing them with investment capital and expert business assistance to help their companies grow and increase in value.
Seeking to lend additional support to entrepreneurs in the region, in 2005 SEAF, together with USAID, used investment returns from our funds to launch the first Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED) in Bulgaria. CEED has since expanded and provides entrepreneurs with business training and technical support through its network of CEED centers.