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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Common Fund for Commodities - CFC
Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, East Asia and Pacific, Global

The Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) is an autonomous intergovernmental financial institution, established in 1989 within the framework of the United Nations. The CFC provides support to projects investing in commodity value chains to deliver sustainable development impact from “field to the fork”. The support is offered mainly through loans to finance equipment, working capital or trade finance needs. The CFC seeks applications of projects that have reached a state of economic, social and environmental sustainability. These applications should clearly show operational and financial viability, with a proven track record.

CFC solicits proposals through the Open Call which is made public every 6 months with deadlines in April and October each year.

Type of OrganisationDevelopment Finance Institution, Impact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, East Asia and Pacific, Global
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Amount$500,000 - 2M
Exact AmountUSD 300,000 - USD 1,500,00
Focus TypeSmall and growing businesses
Focus StageGrowth Companies, Mature
Acumen
Global, East Asia and Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa

Acumen is a non-profit that raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that tackle poverty. The organisation provides long-term debt or equity investments ranging from USD 250,000 to USD 3,000,000 in early-stage companies with payback or exit in seven to ten years. Acumen also offers fellowships that include leadership training and working with one of Acumen's portfolio companies.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal, East Asia and Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt finance
Amount$500,000 - 2M
Exact Amount$250,000 - 3 million
Technical Support OfferingFellowship, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF)
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AEFC) provides catalytic funding in the form of repayable and non-repayable grants to businesses in the agriculture and energy sectors. The amount of funding awarded to a single business is between USD 250,000 and USD 1.5 million. Once grantees have completed AECF funded projects, AECF continues providing technical support to enable them to identify sources of commercial capital.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Amount$500,000 - 2M
Exact Amount$250,000 - 1.5 million
Technical Support OfferingPartnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageGrowth Companies
Calvert Impact Capital
Global

Calvert Impact Capital is a non-profit investment firm that provides loans to mission-driven organisations with a social and/or environmental focus. Loan sizes start at USD 1 million. Most of Calvert's investments have been in North America, followed by Latin America and Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Amount$500,000 - 2M
Exact Amount$1 million
Focus TypeStart-ups
Impact Finance Fund
Global

The Impact Finance Fund specialises in value chain financing with a positive impact at the base of the pyramid. It provides debt financing between USD 150,000 to USD 5 million with interest rates at 8-12%, and, from 6months to 6 years.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Amount$500,000 - 2M
Exact Amount$500,000 - 5 million
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNot specified
Patamar Capital
East Asia and Pacific, South Asia

Patamar Capital (earlier known as Unitus Impact) provides venture capital investments in high-growth companies aiming to engage the working poor, address market inefficiencies, and maximise social and financial return. The firm typically invests between USD 1 million and USD 2 million.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, South Asia
India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt finance
Amount$500,000 - 2M
Exact Amount$1 million - 2 million
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNot specified
Root Capital
Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa

Root Capital is a non-profit social investment fund that provides capital and financial training, and strengthens market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses in Africa and Latin America. Loan sizes range from USD 50,000 to USD 2 million.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryLatin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Amount$500,000 - 2M
Exact Amount$50,000 - 2 million
Technical Support OfferingPartnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
IB TopicsGender
SEAF Bangladesh Ventures
South Asia

SEAF Bangladesh Ventures (SEAF BV) ) is an investment company providing equity and quasi equity capital (ranging from USD 250,000 to USD 1,000,000) combined with strategic advisory services focused on small and medium-sized enterprises in Bangladesh. SEAF BV's business assistance includes pre- and post-investment business support and ranges from marketing, strategic and business plan support to training of employees.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySouth Asia
Bangladesh
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt finance
Amount$500,000 - 2M
Exact Amount$250,000 - 1 million
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
IB TopicsGender
Skoll Foundation
Global

The Skoll Foundation invests in, connects, and provides awards to social entrepreneurs that address development challenges. The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship selects social entrepreneurs with a proven impact and provides a USD 1.25 million, three-year support investment per company to scale their work.

Type of OrganisationFoundation
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Grants and awards
Amount$500,000 - 2M
Exact Amount$1.25 million
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Vietnam Business Challenge Fund
East Asia and Pacific

The Vietnam Business Challenge Fund (VBCF) is designed to support the private sector in Vietnam to develop innovative business models that deliver both commercial benefits for the company and social impact for the low income population. VBCF provides technical assistance, mentoring and non-reimbursable funding of up to 49% of the total investment. The funding range that VBCF will provide to each project is USD 100,000-800,000.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Vietnam
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Amount$500,000 - 2M
Exact Amount$100,000 - 800,000
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNot specified