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.

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
Ceniarth, LLC
East Asia and Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia

Ceniarth provides capital to market-based solutions that benefit underserved communities through direct and fund investments. Though mostly it provides debt and equity capital, in some cases it also provides grants when there are non-financial issues preventing the development of its target areas.

Type of OrganisationImpact 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 OfferingDebt finance, Equity, Grants and awards
Exact Amount
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies
Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP)
Sub-Saharan Africa

Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP) is a government agency providing financial and non-financial support to small, medium and micro enterprises and co-operatives. It's mandate is to focus on the region of Guateng. In case of financial support, it runs various programmes such as start-up finance, contract finance, franchise finance, and growth and expansion finance among others.

Type of OrganisationGovt/Donor/State-owned enterprises, Impact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
IB TopicsInnovation
Global Partnerships
Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa

Global Partnerships (GP) funds early-stage social enterprises. Its main focus areas are women empowerment and rural poverty. GP provides grants for pilot phase enterprises and debt financing to support growth of proven enterprises.

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, Grants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
Injaro Agricultural Capital Holdings Ltd. (Injaro)
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Injaro Agricultural Capital Holdings Ltd. (Injaro) provides investments in debt, quasi-equity, and equity in small and medium-sized enterprises along the agricultural value chain. In addition, Injaro also provides business advice and technical assistance.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Sierra Leone
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
Jasmine Social Investments
Global, East Asia and Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa

Jasmine Social Investments supports social ventures and entrepreneurs by providing grants, equity or debt finance. It looks for solutions with a well-defined and cost-effective impact that can grow to reach over 100,000 beneficiaries. It mostly provides grants but in some cases also equity and debt

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal, East Asia and Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity, Grants and awards
Exact Amount
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
Lending for African Farming (LAFCo)
Sub-Saharan Africa

Lending for African Farming (LAFCo) is an investment company providing loans to African agricultural small and medium enterprises that work directly with smallholder farmers. Its primary purpose is to provide working capital financing for borrowers working in food crop value chains. All borrowers have to demonstrate that they are delivering a clear benefit to smallholder farmers. LAFCo defines smallholder farmers as those cultivating less than 10 hectares. It key targets include: - Agro-dealers or input providers - Processors - Traders, distributors, exporters - Logistics providers (e.g., warehouses) - Other agricultural businesses To qualify for a loan, an entity much have revenues of less than USD 15 million and fewer than 300 employees. It is supported by KFW, UKAid and USAID among others.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote D'Ivoire, Congo; Republic Democratic, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Malawi, Senegal, Rwanda, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Exact Amount
Focus TypeStart-ups
Oikocredit International
Sub-Saharan Africa

Oikocredit invests in and provides technical assistance to microfinance institutions, social cooperatives, non-banking financial institutions and small and medium sized enterprises, especially in the agriculture and renewable energy sector. It's core investment criteria includes: - Projects and enterprises that create jobs and income for disadvantaged, financially-excluded people.- Projects where women are influential in management and/or implementation.- Projects that are responsible in terms of their environmental impact.- Projects that are financially sustainable, or can soon become so, and have suitable management in place.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity, Grants and awards, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Safaricom Foundation
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Safaricom Foundation offers grants and micro-loans to Kenyan-based entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprises and non-governmental organisations with sustainable, scalable business plans to improve the economic well-being of Kenyans through the use of mobile technology. Grants can be obtained by submitting a proposed business or project plan, including a budget for the proposed duration of funding.

Type of OrganisationFoundation, Impact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Grants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeNGOs/Non-profits
Focus StageEarly Stage
IB TopicsYouth, Innovation
AHL Venture Partners
Sub-Saharan Africa

AHL Venture Partners is an impact-focused venture capital firm in Africa. In addition to equity and debt financing, AHL provides services such as training on business model and strategy, impact monitoring and measurement, and links portfolio companies to partners and business opportunities.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity
Exact Amount
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