Investor & Technical Assistance Database

This database targets companies 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. To learn more about the database, click the info button on the right. 

Claim your own entry

We recognise that this is not an exhaustive list and our aim is to add more organisations on a regular basis. Hence, we eagerly welcome new entries and encourage organisations to get listed. You can claim an entry for an organization by just clicking on the button below and filling out the questionnaire. 

To keep the database as relevant as possible for companies, we only include financial or technical service providers which have existed for at least two years. You can claim an entry for your organization by clicking on the button below and filling out the questionnaire. Also, we kindly ask you to provide two references underlining your successful technical or financial support to inclusive business companies. Please send the references to info@ib-an.net.

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

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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 aims to serve 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 that provide technical and financial support to inclusive businesses. The database will continue growing as support organizations are registered. 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). 

More organizations will be added over time and suggestions are welcome. Other database that we recommend include:

► GET.invest: focused on renewable energy in Africa
► Nexus for Development: focused on Southeast Asia
 The Mix: Database on microfinance services

Why and how was the database developed?

Inclusive business entrepreneurs often face difficulties identifying partners that could provide crucial financial and technical support. Even though such support is available, information about 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 (now inclusivebusiness.net) 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, specifically to 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 South Asia, select ‘South Asia’ under the ‘Region/Country’ filter and click on the ‘Apply’ button. This will bring up all intermediaries that provide support in South 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 eagerly welcome new entries and encourage organisations to get listed. Go to your My iBAN-dashboard/My database entries, add a new entry 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. Consequently, we have limited control over links and external resources may change over time. If you notice a dead link, please help us to keep the database up to date by writing an email to info[at]ib-an.net. The link will then be updated or removed.

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Intermediary Database

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AfriFindInvest (AFI)
Sub-Saharan Africa

AFI connects global private capital to Africa’s most innovative startups. Our work ensures that an ecosystem’s next billion enables the continent’s transformation.

Type of OrganisationNetwork/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt finance, Not specified
Amount$20,000 - 50,000
Exact AmountMinimum $20k tickets enabled
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies
Artha Platform
South Asia

The Artha Platform is an online community and website, connecting impact investors and donors, social entrepreneurs and capacity building support organisations. Artha itself is neither involved in the due diligence contracts, nor in the structuring or closure of investment deals.

Type of OrganisationNetwork/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
Amount$20,000 - 50,000
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNot specified
Africa Entrepreneur Collective
Sub-Saharan Africa

The African Entrepreneurship Collective (AEC) is an accelerator that offers mentoring, business development services, training and capital to Rwandan and Tanzanian entrepreneurs. The capital lease fund run by AEC offers capital leases between USD 10,000 and USD 50,000.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Grants and awards
Amount$20,000 - 50,000
Exact Amount$10,000 - 50,000
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageGrowth Companies
IB TopicsYouth, Gender
Beyond Capital Fund
South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Beyond Capital is an impact investment fund that invests in for-profit social enterprises in India and East Africa. In addition, Beyond Capital provides management assistance, mentoring and expert advisory services. It typically invests between USD 25,000 and USD 100,000.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySouth Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt finance
Amount$20,000 - 50,000
Exact Amount$25,000 - 100,000
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (Busac) Fund
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) Fund is a programme set up to strengthen the advocacy capacity of private sector business groups and associations in Ghana. The Fund provides grants to private sector organisations across the ten regions of Ghana to enable them to advocate the removal of barriers within the business environment. It offers grants upto GHC 200,000

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ghana
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Amount$20,000 - 50,000
Exact Amount$45,000
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNGOs/Non-profits
Focus StageEarly Stage
Cairo Angels
Middle East and North Africa

Cairo Angels is an Egyptian angel investment network; investing in and supporting early-stage start-ups in Egypt and across the MENA region. Investments include minority equity and range between EGP 250,000 and EGP 2 million per company.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountryMiddle East and North Africa
Egypt
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount$20,000 - 50,000
Exact Amount$14,000 - 112,000
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
EchoVC Partners
Sub-Saharan Africa

EchoVC Partners is a seed, early stage and growth technology venture capital fund focused on financing businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa and North America. The average investment size ranges from USD 25,000 to several million dollars. EchoVC focuses on solutions in consumer internet services, SmartGraph and SmartData, mobile, digital media, content and advertising, E/M-commerce, software, tech-enabled services and enterprise infrastructure.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount$20,000 - 50,000
Exact Amount$25,000 - several million
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Fast Forward
Global

Fast Forward accelerates tech non-profits by investing money, providing training and mentoring, and increasing the visibility of tech non-profits to scale them to impact. Fast Forward runs an accelerator programme and a Tech for Good Fund. Organisations recieve a USD 25,000 grant, 13 weeks of training, and connections to 100 high-caliber mentors as part of the accelerator programme.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Amount$20,000 - 50,000
Exact Amount$25,000
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNGOs/Non-profits
Focus StageEarly Stage
Humanitarian Innovation Fund
Global

The Humanitarian Innovation Fund supports organisations and individuals to identify, nurture and share innovative and scalable solutions to the challenges facing effective humanitarian assistance. Grants amount to up to GBP 50,000.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Amount$20,000 - 50,000
Exact Amountup to $68,000
Focus TypeNot specified
IB TopicsGender
InnAccel
East Asia and Pacific

InnAccel is an accelerator specialising in healthcare, medical technology, and medical device engineering in India. The firm provides an acceleration programme that runs between 18 and 36 months. It provides seed capital of INR 1.5 crores in return for equity and helps investees raising additional grant funding. The firm prefers to focus on low and mid-income markets.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount$20,000 - 50,000
Exact Amount$23,000
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Physical co-working space, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
SectorHealth