TAEF Fellows Program
Student internship fourth edition
The Tunisian American Enterprise Fund (TAEF) Fellows is a unique internship program launched in 2017 specifically for students interested in supporting SME (small and medium enterprises) growth in Tunisia. It is designed to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs and business people while providing talented interns to TAEF investees to work on pre-selected, intensive projects.
An impact investor An innovative financier A committed partner
TAEF intends to strengthen small and medium enterprises, to invest
in sustainable growth and to lead to development impact through
the entire segment of the SME Tunisian market: microenterprises,
family owned small & mid cap SMEs, high growth startups and large
TAEF is a resource and a partner to its investees contributing in their future with talent, innovation, energy, financial resources, technical assistance support and monitoring.
Bowman Cutter, TAEF chairman statement at the US Congressional hearing on enterprise funds
Tunisia is strategically important…if you run down the list of the kinds of things that you use it as indicators of countries you ought to invest in...
100 million dollars Committed for growth.
100 million dollars to stimulate economic development and job creation by investing in Tunisian businesses throughout the country.
The Tunisian American Enterprise Fund intends to strengthen small and medium enterprises, invest in sustainable growth, and create greater opportunities for Tunisians, with special focus on women, youth and investments in the interior regions.
TAEF invests in the whole segment of the SME market in Tunisia: microentreprises, traditional family owned and small mid cap SMEs, startups and the high end segment of SMEs.
TAEF invests also through the whole lifecycle of the enterprises at various stages : from early and startup, to growth development and maturity.
TAEF invests directly in SMEs and through financial institutions (microfinance institutions, PE funds, co-investment structure..).
TAEF invests in select microfinance institutions (MFIs) that provide loans to working Tunisian microentrepreneurs throughout the county.
Small and Medium Entreprises
TAEF invests directly in a platform (TASME) dedicated to SMEs through innovative and adapted instruments (debt, equity, mezzanine) and through an innovative investment mechanism TASF. TAEF also finances “large-cap SMEs” via different approaches.