Frontier Fund

  • Region: Asia & Pacific
  • Country: Bangladesh
  • Sector: Investment funds
  • Year: 2010
  • Domicile: Cayman Islands
  • Instrument: Fund
  • Commitment (MNOK) as of 31.3.2017: 63.9
  • Original Commitment (MNOK): 62.3

Frontier Fund offers equity to SMEs in Bangladesh, one of the world’s poorest countries. As one of the first specialised SME funds in Bangladesh, Frontier offers entirely new opportunities for growth and development of companies in need of capital.Norfund has invested USD 10 million of a total of USD 88 million in this fund, which is managed by a Bangladeshi subsidiary of Swedish Brummer and Partners. The fund is an example of a collaboration between DFIs such as Norfund, CDC, IFC and FMO and private Swedish investors, which together account for 50 per cent of the capital.

Frontier Fund offers equity to SMEs in Bangladesh, one of the world’s poorest countries. As one of the first specialised SME funds in Bangladesh, Frontier offers entirely new opportunities for growth and development of companies in need of capital.
 
Many young, dynamic leaders with higher education from Europe or the US take over traditional enterprises and change the activity with the aid of innovative thinking. With a population of more than 150 million inhabitants and a large supply of labour, there are many opportunities. 
 
The fund is managed by a Bangladeshi subsidiary of Swedish Brummer and Partners. It is an example of a collaboration between DFIs such as Norfund, CDC, IFC and FMO.

Indirect investments

Investee Sector Country
Ananta Apparels Ltd Manufacturing Bangladesh
Butterfly Marketing Wholesale and retail Bangladesh
Popular Pharmaceuticals LtD Manufacturing Bangladesh
Rahimafrooz Superstores Limited Wholesale and retail Bangladesh
Runner Automobiles Limited Manufacturing Bangladesh
Saltside Technology AB Communication Regional
Belstar Investment and Finance Private Ltd Microfinance India
FEFISOL Microfinance Regional
Fusion Microfinance Microfinance India
Goodwell West Africa Microfinance Dev Co Microfinance Regional
Grooming Centre Microfinance Nigeria
LOLC Micro Credit Ltd Microfinance Sri Lanka
MicroCred Senegal Sa Microfinance Senegal
Progression East African Microfinance Equity Fund Microfinance Regional
Utkarsh Microfinance Private Ltd Microfinance India

Norfund - The Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries

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