SEAF envisions a sustainable and inclusive world where entrepreneurs everywhere have the capital, tools, and support they need to transform their businesses and increase the shared prosperity of their communities.
Founded in 1989 as the private equity investment subsidiary of the international development organization CARE, SEAF (“Small Enterprise Assistance Funds”) evolved in 1995 into an independent organization specializing in the sponsorship and management of investment funds targeting growth-oriented, emerging enterprises located in countries underserved by traditional sources of capital. SEAF pursues high impact economic development through the investment of risk capital in entrepreneurs, coupled with active business partnership and the transfer of knowledge and networks developed over 32 years of operation.
SEAF has an extensive track record of establishing local fund management capacity, and in investing in SMEs in emerging markets in Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. Over the past three decades, SEAF has managed more than 40 funds and founded 14 Centers for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development (CEED) across 33 countries. SEAF has made more than 430 risk capital investments in entrepreneurs whose products and services create more equitable, sustainable, and financially stable communities, while generating positive returns for our investors, creating the efficiency, accountability, and sustainability of our process.
SEAF’s Approach to Impact