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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BAF II
East Asia and Pacific

We are a matching grant facility operating in the Lao PDR. We provide matching grants (50%) to companies operating in Laos that are looking to retain the services of third party business development service (BDS) providers to make improvements to their business, and to grow.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Lao PDR
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Amount$0 - 20,000, $20,000 - 50,000, $50,000 -150,000
Exact Amountup to US$200,000
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeLarge companies, Small and growing businesses, Start-ups
Focus StageStart-up, Early Stage, Growth Companies, Mature
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
Global Education Fund (GEF)
South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa

The Global Education Fund (GEF), now working under Girl Rising, provides seed funding for early stage ventures operating in education. The funding period is between 3-5 years and grants are complemented with non-financial support.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund, NGO
Region/CountrySouth Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa
Kenya, India, Guatemala
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
SectorEducation
Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF)
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) is a challenge fund to drive and support innovative approaches to improving the quality, value for money, and sustainability of basic services in the education, health, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sectors in Tanzania. HDIF is not a research grant and requires applicants from organisations with at least five employees to submit innovations that have been tested.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Tanzania
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNot specified
Lundin Foundation
Global

The Lundin Foundation is a philanthropic organisation founded by the Lundin family. The Foundation provides risk capital, technical assistance, and strategic grants to outstanding social enterprises and organisations across the globe, with a view to contributing to sustained improvements in social and economic development. Its five focus areas are Resource Governance, Education and Skills Training, Local Supplier Development, Economic Diversification and Social and Environmental Innovation.

Type of OrganisationFoundation, Impact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingEquity, Grants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNGOs/Non-profits, Start-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage

Palladium aims to create positive social and economic impact by providing consulting, programmes management, impact investing and capacity building in various sectors. Palladium works with entrepreneurs, businesses, investors, governments and non-governmental groups to improve private sector competitiveness, enhance market and business performance and create conditions for pro-poor, sustainable growth.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingEquity, Grants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingFellowship, Information sharing, resources and publications, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
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
Villgro Innovation Foundation
South Asia

The Villgro Innovation Foundation incubates early-stage, innovative businesses by providing support in business model development, technical, human resource and financial advisory, and go-to-market strategies.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Foundation
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
IB TopicsInnovation
Gray Matters Capital (GMC)
Global

Gray Matters Capital (GMC), is an impact investing foundation, which provides risk capital to entrepreneurs and social ventures. Funds are deployed through seed-stage investment vehicles with investments ranging from USD 50,000 to USD250,000 and venture capital stage investments ranging from USD 250,000 to USD 2 million. It a sister concern of Gray Ghost Ventures.

Type of OrganisationFoundation, Impact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingEquity, Grants and awards
Amount$500,000 - 2M
Exact Amount$250,000 - 2 million
Technical Support OfferingFellowship, Information sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups, NGOs/Non-profits
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies
IB TopicsInnovation
Mercy Corps Social Venture Fund
Global

Mercy Corps Social Venture Fund provides early-stage financing (loans and grants) and post-investment support for social venture start-ups. Investments range from USD 50,000 to USD 300,000.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal
Indonesia, Kenya
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt finance, Grants and awards
Amount$150,000 - 500,000
Exact Amount$50,000 - 300,000
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage