Catalyst Fund I LLC.

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Catalyst Fund I is a private equity fund,  investing in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Eastern Africa region comprising of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Zambia.

The Fund targets investments of between 5 and 15 million USD per portfolio company with the goal of investing in about 7 -14 SMEs. The Fund’s focus lies on growth-orientated SMEs in various sectors with specific emphasis on consumer goods and retail, ICT/Technology, Financial Services, Manufacturing, and infrastructure.

BIO’s investment contributes to the development of the local private equity industry in Eastern Africa through supporting a local first time fund manager, concentrating on SMEs.

BIO’s investment gives comfort to local private sector investors who are currently assessing investing in the Fund. BIO’s commitment to the Fund can leverage local private sector money.

Website of the Fund: www.catalystprincipal.com

  • Investment amount (€):

    USD 5 million

    Registered office: Mauritius Beneficiary countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Zambia

  • Contract signature :

    2011

  • Nature of intervention :

    Equity

  • Development impacts :

    • 1 — Support of SMEs in Eastern Africa
    • 2 — Job creation
    • 3 — Development of the employee skills
    • 4 — Local economic growth
    • 5 — Increase government income through taxes