Belgian Investment Company for Developing countries (BIO) invests in SMEs in developing countries and makes a structural contribution to the socio-economic growth. The company’s mission is to support a strong private sector in developing and emerging countries, to enable them to gain access to growth and sustainable development within the framework of the sustainable development goals.

Capital Provider Overview

Region/Countries of focus

Sub-Saharan Africa
Sector & Ag. value chains focus
All value chains
Investment criteria

Names of select current/previous portfolio companies in the ag. space


Type of instruments

Equity (minority stake) and quasi-equity (mezzanine capital, subordinated loans, convertible loans, etc.), long-term loans, and guarantees

Ticket size range

Enterprises: EUR 1M – EUR 15M, infrastructure projects: EUR 3M – EUR 20M, financial sector: EUR 1M- EUR 20M
Preferred currency of investment
EUR/USD or LCY through TCX hedging
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