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
Caspian
South Asia

Caspian invests debt and equity capital in high quality enterprises in India, with the intent to generate social and/or environmental impact alongside a competitive financial return. Its focus areas include financial inclusion, food & agriculture, affordable housing, healthcare and clean energy. Caspian has successfully raised three impact funds - two equity and one debt - that invest in innovative and high growth social impact businesses.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity
Exact Amount
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies
Aavishkaar Fund
East Asia and Pacific, South Asia

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, South Asia
India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Exact Amount
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
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
Insitor Impact Fund
East Asia and Pacific, South Asia

Insitor Impact Fund finances early-stage enterprises in Southeast Asia with a mix of equity and debt funding. The fund works closely with each investee, guiding the business model and development and providing technical support on governance, strategy, operations and financial planning. In most cases, Insitor takes an active role as board members of the investee's businesses and has supported investees in securing co-investments and further rounds of funding.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, South Asia
Cambodia, India, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam
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, Physical co-working space
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
IntelleGrow
South Asia

IntelleGrow is a non-banking finance company providing debt finance to small and growing businesses in India active in agriculture, clean energy, education, financial inclusion, healthcare and water and sanitation.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Exact Amount
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
SCF Capital Solutions
Sub-Saharan Africa

SCF Capital Solutions is a financing company providing short-term working capital to small and medium-sized enterprise focused on the "green" economy - reduction of greenhouse gases, improvement of energy efficiency and promotion of added renewable energy capacity and projects with direct environmental benefits.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Exact Amount
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
Total LandCare (TLC)
Sub-Saharan Africa

Total LandCare (TLC) develops community-based action plans to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farm households by providing technical and financial support including loans and revolving funds. TLC focuses on the following areas: reforestation and agroforestry, soil and water conservation, sustainable farming practices, crop diversification, low-cost irrigation, low-cost wood stoves and supply of safe drinking water.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility, NGO
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
Uberis Capital
East Asia and Pacific

Uberis Capital are impact investors, who offer equity and debt finance and advisory support with strategy, operations and financial planning to early-stage mission-driven ventures that serve poor communities in developing countries of Southeast Asia. For ventures that are too early to receive venture capital, Uberis aids them in formalising their business strategy and management to become "investment ready".

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity, Grants and awards, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups