Access to financial services are the backbone of the economic growth in most emerging countries. In particular in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, new financial technologies and deeper penetration of mobile devices provide opportunities that are revolutionizing the financial services industry. Apis Growth Fund I aims at building a more efficient and affordable financial infrastructure and at fostering financial inclusion of underserved MSMEs or financially excluded low-income populations.
The Fund is the first to be managed by the investment team of Apis Partners which was established in 2014. Significant minority positions with tickets between USD 20-40m will be invested in 8-12 established mid-market companies in financial infrastructure, financial intermediation and investment, insurance, and capital market segments. The fund has already made 2 investments, one in Africa and the other in South Asia.
"Apis Growth Fund I presents a strong opportunity for SIFEM to invest in a Fund that aims at fostering economic growth and financial inclusion, supporting sustainable job creation and promoting the integration of the target countries into the world economy. The Fund is expected to deliver attractive financial and development returns.” (Florian Kohler, Investment Manager Asia, Obviam)