SDG Frontier Fund

The goal of the SDG Frontier Fund is to generate an attractive financial return combined with a high development impact.

SDG Frontier Fund
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On 10th March 2020, the first closing of the SDG Frontier Fund took place at €25.3M thanks to the participation of nine Belgian private and institutional investors together with BIO.

After this successful first closing, SDG Frontier Fund is currently still looking for investors to reach the target size of €50M.

For more information, please contact:

  • An-Heleen De Greef, SDG Frontier Fund Project Officer
  • Eric Van den Bosch, Senior Investment Officer
  • E-mail: SDGFrontierFund@bio-invest.be

Key facts

Fund concept

  • A closed-ended self-managed private equity fund of funds (FoF), focusing on SME’s across sectors in frontier markets of Africa and Asia to promote job creation and sustainable economic growth.
  • SDG Frontier Fund aims to invest in 5 to 12 private equity funds and will only invest in funds in which BIO has invested.
  • Middle and back-office services provided by BIO.

Investment Strategy

Impact and assessment of sustainable development goals will be equally important as financial targets.

Risk Management

  • Risks are mitigated by the Fund of Funds structure offering a wide diversification over 50 to 180 SMEs spread over different sectors and countries.
  • Co-investments with BIO

Covid-19

Many SMEs in Africa and Asia will be in need for capital after the crisis. This will more than ever unlock opportunities to make long-term investments with appealing longterm returns and unprecedented development impact. SDGFF will exclusively invest in selected funds that are in their startup phase, with the means to invest in quality companies in need of funding.

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Investors

In its first closing the SDG Frontier Fund has partnered with nine institutional and private investors, including AG Insurance, Belfius Insurance, King Baudouin Foundation, Volksvermogen, vdk bank, several family offices, and BIO

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Sustainable Development Goals

The SDGs are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

Current investments

African Rivers Fund III

African Rivers Fund III

The SDG Frontier Fund has invested EUR 1.5 M in equity in the African Rivers Fund III, an SME fund active in Central and Eastern Africa.

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Excelsior Capital Vietnam Private Equity Fund

Excelsior Capital Vietnam Private Equity Fund

The SDG Frontier Fund has invested € 2 M in Excelsior Capital Vietnam Private Equity Fund, a private-equity fund focused on Vietnam.

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South Asia Growth Fund II

South Asia Growth Fund II

The SDG Frontier Fund has invested EUR 2 M in the South Asia Growth Fund II LP (SAGF II), a 10-year closed-end investment fund that will invest in energy efficiency and clean energy sectors.

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