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1989-1995

1989-1995

SEAF began in 1989 as the CARE Small Business Assistance Corporation (CARESBAC), a subsidiary of the international relief organization CARE, with the mission to invest in underserved markets with the intent to create sustainable employment growth by providing risk capital to small and medium sized businesses. As the company began generating profits, it was spun out of CARESBAC and formed as the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds – SEAF.

Funds Launched

  • EECP I, S.a.r.l. (1992)
  • CARESBAC-Bulgaria, EAD (1994)
Investments: 34

1996-2001

1996-2001

SEAF’s early success in Poland led to significant interest from Development Financial Institutions (DFIs) to establish SME-focused funds in other countries. Over a six-year period, SEAF launched 11 funds, including the Baltics Small Equity Fund and the first SEAF Macedonia Fund, both of which were instrumental in the development of the local entrepreneurial ecosystems. SEAF also made its first foray outside of Eastern Europe, launching funds in Peru and Bolivia.

Funds Launched

  • Small Enterprise Equity Fund Russia (Nizhny Novgorod) (1996)
  • Small Enterprise Equity Fund Russia (St. Petersburg) (1997)
  • Fondo de Asistencia a la Pequeña Empresa S.A. (1997)
  • The North Fund (1999)
  • Baltics Small Equity Fund LLC (2000)
  • SEAF Trans-Balkan Fund LLC (2000)
  • SEAF-Macedonia LLC (2001)
  • SEAF Central and Eastern Europe Growth Fund LLC (2001)
  • Fondo Activo Capital de Bolivia LLC (2001))
  • SEAF Trans-Balkan Romania Fund LLC (2001)
  • SEAF-Croatia LLC (2001)
Investments: 160

2002-2007

2002-2007

SEAF continued global expansion efforts, launching funds the Sichuan SME Investment Fund in Western China and the Fondo Transandino Colombia fund, as well as funds in Central Asia, Georgia and the Balkans. Notable investments include the Serbian supermarket chain Gomex, Colombian fitness chain Bodytech, and Western China snack food producer Chengdu Bangbangwa – companies that have had significant impact on their communities and have scaled as regional and national leaders.

In 2006, SEAF also launched CEED, the Center for Entrepreneurial and Executive Development.

Funds Launched

  • SEAF Trans-Balkan Bulgaria Fund LLC (2002)
  • SEAF Sichuan SME Investment Fund LLC (2003)
  • TransAndean Early Stage Equity Fund LLC (2003)
  • Central Asia Small Equity Fund LLC (2004)
  • Fondo Transandino Peru (2004)
  • Fondo Transandino Colombia (2006)
  • Georgia Regional Development Fund LLC (2007)
  • SEAF South Balkan Fund (2007)
Investments: 58

2008-2013

2008-2013

In a show of SEAF’s commitment to serving as a leader in SME investing, SEAF launched funds in SE Asia and Caucasus regions, in addition to continued development in Latin America. SEAF also made significant strides in building out its global platform, improving financial controls and building out global systems to integrate its vast network.

Funds Launched

  • Afghan Growth Finance LLC (2008)
  • SEAF Blue Waters Growth Fund (2008)
  • LATAM Growth Fund (2008)
  • Fondo LATAM Peru (2009)
  • SEAF Global SME Facility LLC (2009)
  • SEAF SME Debt Facility LLC (2010)
  • SEAF Bangladesh Ventures LLC (2010)
  • SEAF India Agribusiness Fund (2011)
  • SEAF India Agribusiness International Fund (2011)
  • SEAF Caucasus Growth Fund L.P. (2012)
Investments: 142

2014-2019

2014-2019

While SEAF continues to expand on a global scale, integral to the mission is the establishment and maintenance of a presence in each region. This is seen through SEAF’s launching of second-generation funds in Macedonia, Serbia and Colombia, as well as the launch of the SEAF Flex Fund, which integrates the entire SEAF network. SEAF has also continued its global growth, expanding to the MENA region with two new funds.

Funds Launched

  • SEAF Macedonia II Fund LP (2014)
  • SEAF Flex Fund (2015)
  • SEAF Opportunity Serbia Fund LLC (2016)
  • SEAF Colombia Agribusiness Fund (2017)
  • Southeast Europe Equity Fund II (2017) – SEAF took over management of the Fund
  • SEAF Morocco Growth Fund (2018)
  • SEAF Algeria Opportunity Fund (2018)
Investments: 40