SIFEM - Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets

SIFEM represented at signing ceremony of Ukrainian-focused Horizon Capital Growth Fund

On April 28, 2023, SIFEM was represented by Alvaro Borghi, Chargé d'Affaires, Embassy of Switzerland in Ukraine, at the signing ceremony of the interim closing of Horizon Capital Growth Fund IV (HCGF) which has surpassed its USD 250m target. The achievement of this milestone was celebrated in the presence of the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. In his welcome speech, he stressed the importance of such capital flows for the local economy and workforce which are hit hard by the ongoing military conflict.

Source: Horizon Capital


HCGF is now capitalized at USD 254m. It invests in high-growth, high-impact tech and export-oriented companies, including light manufacturing, food processing, innovative consumer goods, fintech and more. The investments are expected to contribute to Ukraine’s ongoing economic resilience, including supporting growth and job creation, expanding the tax base, increasing availability of capital for SMEs, and promoting gender equality. The fund also became the first fund in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to be awarded 2X Flagship Fund status. Such funds are gender-smart funds, who are committed to both improving gender diversity in the investment industry, including the fund managers themselves, and to investing with a gender lens to build gender-smart portfolios.

SIFEM committed USD 15m in the first closing in September 2022. As a first-round investor, SIFEM played a catalytic role in accelerating capital flows to the Ukrainian and Moldovan economy. The fund is backed by two International Finance Institutions, seven other bilateral Development Finance Institutions, and two private initiatives. With this investment, SIFEM contributes directly to several impact key targets and proves to be an important instrument of the Swiss International Cooperation Policy.

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