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2014
February 21, 2014 Global Emerging Markets
CEED Morocco recognized by the White House

CEED Morocco, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development’s 13th location, was recognized by the White House for its contribution to the growth of entrepreneurship in Morocco.

2013
May 23, 2013 India
SEAF Fund invests in India-based Manisha Agri Biotech Limited

Small Enterprise Assistance Funds’ (SEAF) India Agribusiness Fund has completed an investment in Manisha Agri Biotech Limited.

May 23, 2013 India
SEAF Fund invests in organic food processor, Khyati Foods

Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF) announces that its India Agribusiness Fund has invested in Khyati Foods Private Limited.

May 20, 2013 Georgia
SEAF Fund Invests in Green Energy Power Plant in The Republic of Georgia

SEAF’s Caucasus Growth Fund Invests in Alazani II, a hydro power plant estimated to provide ample clean energy to Georgia.

 

May 14, 2013 Poland
SEAF Portfolio Company Matras wins Poland “Best of” award in Bookstore Chain category

SEAF Portfolio Company Matras S.A., a regional bookstore chain held by the SEAF North Fund, was given the Dobra Marka 2013 in the “Bookstore Chain” category.

May 10, 2013 India
Tropolite featured in Modern Food Processing - May 2013 issue

SEAF India Agribusiness Fund portfolio company Davars - Tropolite Food Private Ltd. featured in  Modern Food Processing May 2013 issue.

May 05, 2013
The Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED) launches new website

 

CEED launches its new website today. This is the result of over a year of hard work examining who and what we are, and how we can have the greatest impact on the entrepreneurial communities we create and develop.

2012
December 22, 2012
SEAF and Globalturk Capital join forces to grow SMEs in Turkey

On December 20, 2012, Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF) and Globalturk Capital (Globalturk) have announced a partnership to discover and invest in qualified SMEs in Turkey.  The collaboration will focus on companies with strong business models and proven technologies, with goals to adapt their business throughout Turkey and beyond.  The partnership will make use of Globalturk’s experience in Turkey in tandem with SEAF’s global network and 20+ years of investing in emerging markets.

December 21, 2012 Macedonia
SEAF’s 33rd Fund to invest in SMEs in Macedonia

Macedonia 2025 has partnered with Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF) to launch the SEAF Macedonia II Fund, with an official agreement signed on October 22, 2012 at the Macedonia Global Investment Summit 2012 held in Ohrid, Macedonia.  The fund will focus on small and medium sized enterprises (SME) in the region, providing risk capital financing and technical support to select businesses across a range of industries.

September 05, 2012 Peru
SEAF Funds Complete Exit from Peruvian Logistics Firm

Two SEAF managed funds completed their exit in a Peruvian logistics firm, Outsourcing S.A.C., this July.

August 28, 2012 Georgia
SEAF Caucasus Growth Fund invests USD 6 Million in Ioli

SEAF's Caucasus Growth Fund invested USD 6 million in Ioli, a Georgian supermarket chain, in July.

July 12, 2012 Netherlands
SEAF Named as Sponsor of Fast5 Challenge for Entrepreneurship

SEAF is set to help sponsor an upcoming entrepreneurial competition in the Netherlands for small-and-medium sized enterprises.

June 18, 2012 Global Emerging Markets
Zawya article highlights SEAF's strategy for development in MENA region

Bilal Sethi highlights Small Enterprise Assistance Funds' (SEAF) mix of capital and technical assistance as key to the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the MENA region.

June 13, 2012 Peru
SEAF Funds Complete Exit from Peruvian Hydropower Plant Investments

SEAF-managed funds sold their shares in a Peruvian hydro-electric power plant operator in February in the country's first strategic exit by a private venture capital company.

May 30, 2012 India
SEAF India Company Wins National Distinction for Agricultural Innovation

Indian government recognizes SEAF India portfolio company Abhay Cotex Private Limited (ACPL) for its agricultural innovation in cotton-seed oil production.

May 24, 2012 Georgia
SEAF's 32nd Fund to Support SMEs in Caucasus

SEAF launched its Caucasus Growth Fund this Spring, the first institutional-quality fund dedicated to providing mezzanine debt and equity capital to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.

2011
December 12, 2011 Serbia
SEAF Serbia Director Predicts Investment Lull in Region

SEAF South Balkan Fund General Director Nikola Stefanovic predicts economic challenges for Serbian entrepreneurs in 2012.

November 28, 2011 Vietnam
SEAF Invests in Neonatal and Maternity Healthcare in the Mekong Delta

SEAF's partnership with Phuong Chau Hospital significantly improves the access to and quality of neonatal and maternity healthcare in Vietnam's Mekong Delta.

November 22, 2011 Georgia
SEAF Expands Renewable Energy in Georgia through Hydroelectricity

SEAF's investment in Ritseula Hesi will increase the small hydropower plant's capacity from 4 mWh to 14, improving Georgia's access to renewable energy, expanding its energy output and reducing its dependence on foreign energy.

November 15, 2011 Georgia
SEAF Invests in Internet Services in Georgia

With SEAF's support, A-Net is transforming the fragmented and unreliable internet services of the Adjara region to meet international standards of connectivity, efficiency and dependability.

September 30, 2011 Colombia
The Deal Recognizes SEAF's Pioneering Role Introducing PE to Colombia

The Deal discusses the birth of private equity in Colombia, highlighting SEAF's trail blazing role in this movement, a variety of SEAF's deals in the country and the first close on its follow-on fund.

September 06, 2011 Global Emerging Markets
SEAF Metrics Included in the First Annual IRIS Data Report

Featuring metrics from SEAF's global portfolio, IRIS's first annual data report covers 463 impact investing organizations across 58 countries that collectively reach nearly 8 million clients & employ over 23,000 permanent workers.

August 09, 2011 India
SEAF Invests in Abhay Cotex - Technology Based Cottonseed Processor

Abhay Cotex employs a proprietary technology that conserves approximately 90% of the water and energy used during cottonseed processing, as compared to conventional methods.

July 27, 2011 Global Emerging Markets
SEAF Listed Among First Funds in Pioneering Portal for Individual Investors

SEAF lists three funds on Homestrings, an interactive web portal designed to link experienced, individual investors with promising opportunities in emerging markets that were previously only accessible to institutional investors.

July 25, 2011 Colombia
SEAF Company Turns "One-Time Defaulters into Borrowers" - Bloomberg

Bloomberg.com highlights SEAF portfolio company Refinancia's efforts to redefine the debt collection landscape in Latin America, focusing on "amicable negotiations, rather than harassing phone calls or visits."

June 29, 2011 Bangladesh
OpEd by SEAF BV's Managing Partner: SME Capital Constraints & Solutions

In an OpEd piece for The Daily Star, SEAF Bangladesh Ventures' Fahim Ahmed explores the underlying cause inhibiting the growth of Bangladesh's SMEs - access to finance - and presents a potential solution to capital constraints.

May 13, 2011 India
Econ. Times: SEAF invests in India's "booming" agribusiness sector

In an article discussing the "uptick in early stage investments" in India, the Economic Times highlights SEAF's recent investment in Tropilite Foods and its newly launch India Agribusiness Fund.

May 11, 2011 India
VCCIRCLE Covers SEAF's Newest Agribusiness Investment in India

SEAF India Agribusiness Fund invests in one of India's few value-added food ingredients companies, supporting the growth and success of the countries agribusiness value chain.

May 10, 2011 Bangladesh
Zoellick, World Bank Pres, Highlights SEAF Bangladesh in PE Conference's Welcome Address

Robert B. Zoellick, President of the World Bank, highlight's SEAF and SEAF Bangladesh Ventures in Welcome Address at IFC’s 13th Annual Global Private Equity Conference.

May 07, 2011 Bangladesh
SEAF Announces Investment in Renewable Energy Company in Bangladesh

SEAF Bangladesh Ventures invests in SOLARIC, a developer of renewable energy technology and products for rural and urban markets in Bangladesh.

April 20, 2011 Global Emerging Markets
SEAF Highlighted in Fortune Magazine: 'In Developing Economies, Equity Beats Microfinance'

Alan Patricof discusses the critical role of SMEs in developing countries and lists SEAF as an impact investor striving to fill the gap in available financing for these small businesses.

March 25, 2011 Global Emerging Markets
SEAF's 2011 Development Impact Report is Released

Announcing the release of Impact Beyond Investment: SEAF’s 2011 Development Impact Report.  Thorough quantitative and qualitative analysis, this report describes the social and economic impact that SMEs generate in their economies.

March 11, 2011 India
Financial Express: SEAF's India Fund Exciting Player in Agribusiness Sector

Financial Express discusses the growing popularity of food and farm produce companies among investors and lists SEAF India Agribusiness International Fund as an exciting new player in the India's agribusiness sector.

February 03, 2011 Peru
Fondos de Inversión de SEAF Adquieren 22% de Acciones en Financiera TFC

Fondos de inversión de SEAF, Latam Peru y Latam Growth, adquieren una participación del 22% en una compañía de servicios financieros, Financiera TFC (to read this article in English, click here).

February 03, 2011 Peru
SEAF's Latin American Funds Acquire 22% Stake in Financiera TFC

SEAF's Latin American funds Latam Peru and Latam Growth, acquire a 22% stake in a Peruvian financial services company (para leer este artículo en español, haga clic aquí).

January 14, 2011 Afghanistan
SEAF-AGF & RANA Technologies Enterprises Partner to Expand Internet Service in Afghanistan

SEAF's Afghan Growth Finance partners with RANA Technologies to increase access to internet services in Afghanistan to 80 percent.

January 01, 2011 Peru
SEAF's Peruvian Luxury Hotel Investment Featured in Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report

Travel expert Andrew Harper featured SEAF investee Titilaka in his 2011 Grand Awards issue of the Hideaway Report, which catalogs nineteen hotels based on their “exceptional character, a commitment to classic hospitality and a profound sense of place.”

2010
December 30, 2010 Bangladesh
SEAF Invests in Software Developer in Bangladesh

SEAF's Bangladesh fund makes its first investment in the country in a leading software solutions developer.

November 15, 2010 Global Emerging Markets
SEAF Launches New, User-Friendly Website

SEAF launches a new, user-friendly website to better support its growing presence in emerging markets and to provide its partners and colleagues with dependable, current and insightful information.

November 08, 2010 Bangladesh
Financial Express Covers the Launch Ceremony of SEAF's Bangladesh Ventures

SEAF Bangladesh Ventures receives high praise from the governor of the Bangladeshi central bank. The launch ceremony is covered in this FE Report.

October 05, 2010 Bangladesh
SEAF Launches New SME Finance Company for Bangladesh

SEAF launches the first finance company to focus exclusively on providing risk capital of less than $0.5M per investment to Bangladeshi SMEs.

October 01, 2010 Colombia
"Me Aburro Descansando": SEAF's Héctor Cateriano Interviewed by El Megáfono

SEAF's Héctor Cateriano is interviewed by El Megáfono, the monthly periodical released by the popular Colombian restaurant Andrés Carne de Res. (Spanish)

September 09, 2010 Georgia
SEAF's Georgian Boutique Hotel Investment Highlighted in New York Times

The New York Times features SEAF-investee Rcheuli in an article that discusses the new wave of development in the Georgian port city of Batumi.

July 28, 2010 Poland
SEAF Invests in Historic Polish Book Retailer and Distributor

SEAF partners with an historic Polish book distributor to expand operations, enhance relationship with publishers, and improve its online retail platform.

July 19, 2010 Peru
SEAF Invests New Financing in Agribusiness Firm in Peru

SEAF provide a Peruvian product processor and exporter with critical working capital to finance the harvest and export season. Sunshine Exports supports more than 450 local farmers and employs over 3,000 workers.

July 19, 2010 Peru
SEAF Invests New Financing in Shipping Logistics Firm in Peru

The SEAF SME Debt Facility invests in a Peruvian integrated distribution logistics firm to expand the company’s warehouse capacity, meet growing demand, and double its capacity in a sector crucial to the development of Peru’s economy.

July 15, 2010 Global Emerging Markets
SEAF Launches Global Facility to Invest in Growing SMEs

SEAF establishes a new global facility to provide working capital for growth-oriented small and medium enterprises (SMEs) around the world, focusing on mobilizing debt investments to SMEs throughout emerging markets.

April 22, 2010 Global Emerging Markets
SEAF Launches Pilot Global SME Investment Vehicle

SEAF launches a new risk capital fund to invest in promising SMEs around the globe. The new USD 5 million equity facility is financed by the Calvert Group through the Calvert Large Cap Growth Fund.

March 25, 2010 Afghanistan
SEAF Hosts Event on Afghanistan: Achieving Security through Sustainable Investment

Slides from SEAF’s event, hosted on March 25, 2010, that profiles the efforts of our Afghan Growth Finance towards promoting security in the region through SME investing.

February 25, 2010 Global Emerging Markets
Media Advisory: SEAF to Co-Host an Event on Impact Investing - Feb 25, 2010

SEAF co-hosts The Global Forum on Impact Investing, which argues that it is possible to both make a profit and promote social change to the developing world in addition to exploring how existing barriers to impact investing can be removed.


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