How to apply

BIO has public funds to carry out its mission and its investment decisions are the result of a comprehensive and transparent process of analysis and evaluation.

Each project is handled with the utmost confidentiality. The duration of the investment process between first contact and the final decision varies on a case by case basis. You will find a detailed description of the investment process as well as all documents relating to applying for funding or grants in the "Library" section. More information on the countries BIO invests in is available on the countries page.

1. Financing
Any request for financing must be accompanied by a business plan that allows an initial evaluation of the project to be performed. This must include:

  • A description of the business concept
  • A presentation of products, clients, competitors, suppliers and the management team
  • An investment plan and preliminary financing plan
  • Profitability forecasts
  • Financial history for a minimum of three years for existing companies

You can download a check-list to help you draw up this plan below.

The required documents may be sent electronically to:

  • For financial sector investments: fiif[@]bio[dash]invest[dot]be
  • For direct investments: enterprises[@]bio[dash]invest[dot]be
  • For infrastructure projects: infrastructure[@]bio[dash]invest[dot]be

2. Grants

In view of an investment project, BIO can co-finance feasibility studies or technical assistance projects through the form of grants. BIO can offer this grant to companies registered and operating in BIO’s intervention countries.

BIO seeks to support  existing businesses with high potential:

  • Mature companies:
    BIO targets mature companies that can demonstrate that their business model works.
  • Exemplary companies:
    BIO targets companies that are part of a sustainable development: transparency, respect for local regulations, and integration of high social and environmental standards.
  • Structuring companies:
    BIO targets companies that have the potential to become actors for structuring the local economy

Contact the MSME Support Fund to see if the proposal of your company meets BIO’s investment requirements and is eligible for grant support. Email us with your business plan at MSMESupport[@]bio[dash]invest[dot]be

  • Leaflet - MSME Support Fund (748.87 KB) Download
  • Leaflet - Investment Companies and Funds (1.46 MB) Download
  • Leaflet - Financial Institutions (1.63 MB) Download
  • Leaflet - Infrastructure (1.93 MB) Download
  • Leaflet - Enterprise (1.83 MB) Download
  • Check-list business plan (640.50 KB) Download