How we invest
BIO invests directly and indirectly in SMEs in emerging and developing countries and structurally contributes to their socio-economic growth.
BIO handles each investment project with the utmost care and confidentiality. The duration
of the investment process varies on a case by case basis.
Please go to the "Apply for Investment" section to find a detailed description of the process, as well as all documents you need to apply for funding or grants.
Our geographical scope
BIO invests in Least Developed Countries, Low Income Countries, and Lower-middle Income Countries (i.e. the OECD's DAC-list). BIO can also invest in upper middle-income countries and pays particular attention to the partner countries of the Belgian Development Cooperation and to less developed countries.Learn more
Our investment strategy
In September 2019, the BIO Board of Directors approved the new Investment Strategy for 2019-2023.Learn more
BIO Development Goals
BIO uses its ex-ante development assessment tool to structure and document the development rationale of any given investment. This is done by judging how the investment will score on the BIO Development Goals (BDGs).Learn more