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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Africa Agriculture Development Support Services
Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa Agriculture Development Support Services (AADSS) group is a consulting business for the agriculture sector and provides support, particularly on writing feasibility studies and business plans, to sustainable agricultural enterprises. AADSS also offers 8- and 12-day industry and training study tours in South Africa, including sightseeing, field trips and management and industry-related courses, to farm owners, agribusinesses and agricultural NGOs for a cost of USD 1,500 to USD 1,900 per person.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Amount> $2M
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Africa Agriculture Trade and Investment Fund (AATIF)
Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa

AATIF provides investments for the agricultural sector. It targets small, medium and large scale agricultural farms as well as agricultural businesses along the entire agricultural value chain. Investment size usually ranges between USD 5 to 15 million. Investment instruments include debt and mezzanine financing, with a maturity of up to 12 years for debt investments.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Amount> $2M
Exact Amount$5 - 15 million
Focus TypeLarge companies
Focus StageGrowth Companies
AgDevCo
Sub-Saharan Africa

AgDevCo provides long-term risk capital to help early-stage businesses reach profitability and scale. Investments range from USD 250,000 to USD 10 million. In addition to risk capital, AgDevCo provides management support and expert agronomy advice, and can provide grants to help establish smallholder farmer outgrower schemes.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt finance, Grants and awards
Amount> $2M
Exact Amount$1 - 10 million
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
Fanisi Venture Capital Fund
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Fanisi Venture Capital Fund provides private equity, quasi equity and convertible debt for companies that are post revenue with profits or clear path towards profits. Fanisi's investments range from USD 1 million to USD 9 million with an exit within 3-6 years.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt finance
Amount> $2M
Exact Amount$1 - 9 million
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support
Focus TypeStart-ups
Flint Atlantic
Sub-Saharan Africa

Flint Atlantic is an impact investment firm that uses patient capital in the form of grants, debt and equity. The preferred investee is focused on improving the access to and quality of healthcare services, particularly for underserved populations. Investments range between USD 3 million to USD 5 million.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt finance, Grants and awards
Amount> $2M
Exact Amount$3 - 5 million
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
SectorHealth
Gray Ghost Ventures (GGV)
Global

Gray Ghost Ventures is a venture capital firm specialising in fund of fund investments and direct investments in the fintech sector. For direct investments, the firm invests in incubation, early stage, seed/start-up, and growth capital. The firm’s focus areas include: microfinance, social venture investment, and affordable private schools in low-income communities of emerging markets. It also invests in early-stage enterprises providing catalytic innovation and technologies which includes information, communication and technology (ICT). It makes investments between USD 1 million and USD 5 million.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt finance
Amount> $2M
Exact Amount$1 - 5 million
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies
IB TopicsInnovation
ManoCap
Sub-Saharan Africa

ManoCap is a private investment firm that makes debt and equity investments in small and medium-sized enterprises in West Africa. Investment size ranges between USD 500,000 and USD 5 million and is provided to high-growth companies that provide goods and services to the poorest people. ESG considerations are an important part of its investment criteria.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt finance
Amount> $2M
Exact Amount$500,000 - 5 million
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageGrowth Companies
Norfund
East Asia and Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia

Norfund - The Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries - is a strategic minority investor, owned and funded by the Norwegian Government. The fund invests in clean energy, financial institutions, food and agribusiness, private equity and venture capital funds that target small and medium-sized enterprises. It mostly provides equity investments starting from USD 4 million and acquires a maximum 35% ownership share. In some cases, it also provides debt funding. Its investment horizon is 5-10 years.

Type of OrganisationGovt/Donor/State-owned enterprises, Impact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt finance
Amount> $2M
Exact Amount$4 million and up
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
Focus StageGrowth Companies
Novastar Ventures
Sub-Saharan Africa

Novastar Ventures aims to invest in early stage businesses led by entrepreneurs with the ambition to transform low-income consumer markets and alleviate severe social issues, by deploying innovative business models with the potential of growing rapidly, notably by widening access, improving quality and/or lowering costs of basic services or goods in East Africa. It typically provides investments in the range of USD 100,000 to USD 5m.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt finance
Amount> $2M
Exact Amount$100,000 - 5 million
Focus TypeStart-ups
IB TopicsInnovation
Oasis Capital Ghana Limited
Sub-Saharan Africa

Oasis Capital Ghana Limited is a venture capital firm specializing in growth capital investments in small and medium enterprises and loans. It typically invests between USD 100,000 and USD 5 million. It prefers investing in family-owned and typically owner-managed entities. It seeks to provide risk capital in the form of equity, quasi-equity and profit-sharing facilities and to invest through equity, preference shares, and convertible debts with ratchets. The firm seeks to take minority investor position with stake between 15% and 49% but with some degree of influence and board representation and can make co-investments.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt finance
Amount> $2M
Exact Amount$100,000 - 5 million
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies