iBAN's intermediary database

This database targets inclusive businesses looking for financial and/or technical support. The database lists organisations and initiatives providing different kinds of support, such as capital in the form of grants, loans and equity, or technical support in the form of advice, partnership brokering or networking support. Click the button on the right of the page for more information and FAQs about the database.

Use the search filters below to narrow down your search for financial and/or technical support providers

ABOUT THE DATABASE

Who is this database for?

This database targets inclusive businesses that are looking for sources of support to help them grow, ranging from capital to technical support.  

What does the database cover?

This database lists organizations – so-called intermediaries – that provide technical and financial support to inclusive businesses – and it will keep growing as support organizations register themselves. Inclusive businesses are diverse, and so too are the range of organizations that provide support and the types of support they offer. The resources listed cover a continuum of financing solutions, from grants and concessional financing to commercial finance and private equity. They also include organizations and initiatives providing technical assistance (TA), advice, partnership brokering, information, advocacy, and networking. The database is easy to navigate and provides useful filters such as the range of financial support provided, and the stage of enterprise supported (if such information is available). 

The database does not include organizations offering microfinance. A comprehensive listing of these, sorted by country, can be viewed here. More organizations will be added over time and suggestions are welcome.

Why and how was the database developed?

Inclusive business entrepreneurs often face difficulties to identify partners that could provide crucial financial and technical support. Even though such support is available, it is often fragmented and hard to find. The database addresses this challenge, making information on financial and technical support easy to identify and navigate by providing easily searchable categories and filters.

The entries and information provided in the database are compiled by the research team using information publicly available on organization websites or provided directly by the organizations themselves. 

Who developed the database?

The Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business and the Asian Development Bank set up this database to help overcome this challenge. The Connect to Grow programme supported further development of this database in 2016 to specifically include intermediaries in its target countries. In late 2017 and 2018, the DFID Impact Programme funded the most comprehensive review and update of the database yet, which was implemented by Endeva. The Endeva team reviewed the categories and all existing entries, and also added hundreds of entries with the support of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and other partners.

ANDE has just launched a new site of their own that provides data about financial and non-financial support available for small and growing businesses in a specific city or country. ANDE’s Ecosystem Snapshots aim to help those supporting entrepreneurs to foster conditions in which businesses can thrive. 

USING THE DATABASE

What can users search for on the database?

You can keep your search for organizations broad by just selecting the finance and/or technical support offering you are looking for or you can narrow down your search by selecting further filters such as type of organization, sector, region/country etc.  If you are looking for a specific topic that is not included in the current category list, use the keywords search bar to search the entire database. This will return results on that topic from the whole database.

If users want all entries from Asia, does one need to select all Asian countries, too (or ditto for other continents)?

No. If you would like to see all the material for one continent, for example Asia, select ‘Asia’ under the ‘Region/Country’ filter and click on the ‘Apply’ button. This will bring up all intermediaries that provide support in Asia.

Can users submit a new entry for inclusion or edit an existing entry in the database?

We recognise that this is not an exhaustive list and our aim is to add more organisations on a regular basis. Hence, we highly welcome new entries and encourage organisations to get listed. Go to ‘Submit a new entry’ in the top menu and fill in the form with the details of the resource you wish to submit. The database team will review the entry before it is approved and post it on the site within a week. Please note that only submissions that match our criteria will be included.

We also encourage and welcome your feedback and suggestions of any other organizations that could be included. 

In addition, we value feedback on existing entries, as well as feedback on the usefulness of this database to your work. Please have a look and get back to us!

The link to a specific resource is not working, what can users do?

All our database entries directly link to external websites of organizations and authors from which resources can be accessed. Hence we have limited control over links that may change over time. Please help us to keep the database up to date by clicking on the ‘Report error’ button on the bottom right of each entry. The link will then be updated or removed.  

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Amount of financial support

Intermediary Database

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1to4
Global

1to4 is a Swiss non-profit organisation that provides patient seed capital and support to early stage social businesses that provide access to products and services for low-income families in low-income countries.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund, NGO
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingEquity
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Health, Education, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
2Jiajiri
Sub-Saharan Africa
Kenya

2Jiajiri is a programme connecting young entrepreneurs to capital, mentoring, training and knowledge hubs.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/ Programme/ Facility
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya
Finance OfferingDebt Financing
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
440NG
Sub-Saharan Africa

440 organises the Deal Weekend, a 24 hour event where 440 and founder-investors evaluate start-ups and make investment offers into Nigerian technology start-ups.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Technical Support OfferingPartnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
4Di Capital
Sub-Saharan Africa
Georgia

4Di Capital is an independent seed- and early-stage technology venture capital firm based in South Africa. The venture's funds target start-ups, early and growth-stage enterprises in the mobile, enterprise software, web and finance, health and insurance tech sectors.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Georgia
Finance OfferingEquity
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
SectorHealth
500 Mexico City
Latin America and the Caribbean
Mexico

500 Mexico City is an accelerator programme for start-ups that provides advice, networks and access to finance. Companies going through the Seed Programme receive an investment and mentorship.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountryLatin America and the Caribbean
Mexico
Finance OfferingEquity, If finance, also TA?
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Fellowship
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
88 mph
Sub-Saharan Africa
Kenya, Nigeria, Georgia

88mph is a seed fund and invests in early-stage mobile-web companies targeting the African market. 88mph's current model, DealWeek, brings together promising ventures with founders turned investors, who spend one week evaluating, advising, and making investment deals happen.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya, Nigeria, Georgia
Finance OfferingEquity, If finance, also TA?
Technical Support OfferingPartnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
@iBizAfrica Strathmore
Sub-Saharan Africa
Kenya

@iBizAfrica is a business incubator operating within @iLabAfrica, a Centre of Excellence in ICT innovation and Development at Kenya's Strathmore University. @iBizAfrica provides early stage digital startups with one-on-one mentoring, seed capital, legal advice, financial expertise, relevant training and physical resources. Tech entrepreneurs and startups at @iBizAfrica receive work space, linkages to similar international programmes, access to networking events and opportunities to pitch to investors, including venture capitalists, angel investors, private equity groups and banks.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Academia
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya
Finance OfferingNot Specified
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline), Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Information sharing, resources and publications, Advocacy
Focus TypeNGOs / Non-profits, Start-ups/SMEs
Focus StageAny

A1 Spaces is a co-working hub in Lagos, Nigeria that aims to provide a creative and collaborative environment for entrepreneurs.

Type of OrganisationNetwork/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Technical Support OfferingPhysical co-working space
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
Aalto Global Impact
Global

Aalto Global Impact (AGI) promotes and facilitates Aalto University, Finland´s research and educational programmes for societal impact globally. It provides education, and research in the field of social impact. It also runs Impact Iglu which is an accelerator for sustainable and inclusive business.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Academia
Region/CountryGlobal
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline), Information sharing, resources and publications
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
Aavishkaar Fund
East Asia and Pacific
India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan

Aavishkaar Fund is an early-stage impact investor that provides capital to entrepreneurs in rural areas of India.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan
Finance OfferingDebt Financing
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Health, Education, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management
IB TopicsCorporates in Inclusive Business