Apply for investment

BIO provides tailor-made financial solutions to entrepreneurs, financial sector companies, and private infrastructure projects, combined with support for capacity building programmes.

Apply for investment

BIO helps businesses flourish while at the same time introducing environmental, social and governance standards that attract additional sources of investment.

This is done with a variety of financial instruments, including equity, quasi-equity, loans and guarantees.

Investments can be made in local currency, which eliminates the risks related to foreign exchange fluctuations for client companies.

Any application must be accompanied by a business plan that includes:

  • 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
  • For existing companies, the financial history for a minimum of three years

Excluded projects

BIO subscribes to the Harmonized EDFI Exclusion List and the IFC Exclusion List

Departments

For organisational reasons, BIO divides all of its investments into 4 categories:

  • Funds
  • Financial Institutions
  • Enterprises
  • Infrastructure

Additionally, all grants are taken care of by our Business Development Support Fund.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Adequate access to energy, water, telecoms, and transport infrastructure is a basic service to the population. It is also indispensable for economic growth and a sustainable private sector.

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Financial Institutions

Financial Institutions

One of BIO’s major goals is to increase the access to finance for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). In this way, BIO empowers entrepreneurs and contributes to local economic growth.

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Investment Companies & Funds

Investment Companies & Funds

Fund investments are ideal to build a diversified portfolio, to provide entrepreneurs with long-term capital and to strengthen the business model of the SMEs involved .

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Enterprises

Enterprises

SMEs are of the utmost importance for economic growth in developing countries. Because they create jobs, they are key actors in the fight against poverty. They are also instrumental in disseminating expertise and strengthening social cohesion by developing local value chains and by increasing government income.

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Business Development Support Fund

Companies want to grow and prosper in order to generate jobs and build expertise. This calls for tailor-made investments but also for the right skills and know-how.

The Business Development Support Fund allows companies to increase their business performance and improve sustainable business development practices by offering grants and by co-financing Technical Assistance (TA), Feasibility Studies (FS), and Investment Support for innovative SMEs.

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