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 Capital Alliance (ACA)
Sub-Saharan Africa

African Capital Alliance (ACA) is an investment firm sponsoring funds and managing investments in Sub-Saharan Africa. ACA manages a private equity fund, a real estate fund and provides investment management and advisory services to institutional investors.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support
Focus TypeNot specified
IB TopicsInnovation
Intel Capital
Global

Intel Capital invests in developers and providers of hardware, software, and services in the following sectors: mobile, client, 5G, datacentre, cloud, big data, diversity, IoT and autonomous driving, semiconductor, memory and programmable solutions (FPGA), software and security, wearables, drones, robotics, AR/VR and AI, sports and health.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
IB TopicsInnovation
Newtown Partners
Sub-Saharan Africa

Newtown Partners is an angel investment and seed stage venture capital firm focused on early stage technology start-ups. Newtown supports enterprises with solutions in fintech, Internet of Things (IOT), augmented and virtual reality, agritech, blockchain, machine learning, connected home, smart robots, drones, affective computing, gesture control devices, and other disruptive emerging technologies.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
IB TopicsInnovation
Sasware
Sub-Saharan Africa

Sasware is a technology investment company that provides seed funds for technology and technology-enabled start-ups and those in their growth phase. Sasware offers a 12 month "Start-up in Residence (StaIR) Program" for entrepreneurs or business professionals looking to start a tech company, to co-entrepreneur with Sasware or to co-found a technology start-up. Sasware's non-financial support includes workshops, mentorship, and networking.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Private equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Finance OfferingEquity
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
IB TopicsInnovation
Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC)
South Asia

The Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) provides financial and non-financial services to small and cottage companies. Credit facilities are sourced from BSCIC's own fund, banks and financial institutions. BSCIC is committed to the governmental agenda, currently focusing on digitalization.

Type of OrganisationGovt/Donor/State-owned enterprises, Private equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySouth Asia
Bangladesh
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
IB TopicsInnovation
88 mph
Sub-Saharan Africa

88mph is a seed fund and invests in early-stage mobile-web companies targeting the African market. 88mph's current model, DealWeek, brings together promising ventures with founders turned investors, who spend one week evaluating, advising, and making investment deals happen.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingPartnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
IB TopicsInnovation
Chanzo Capital
Sub-Saharan Africa

Chanzo Capital is a growth capital firm investing both capital and mentoring in high-tech start-ups and scale-ups.The company invests between USD 500,000 and USD 5 million, staggered over the exponential growth phase of the company from Series A to C. The firm intends to finance the growth and development of the high-tech sector through the provision of capital, mentoring and value creation services to their portfolio of companies.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount$500,000 - 2M
Exact Amount$500,000 - 15 million
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageGrowth Companies
IB TopicsInnovation
Knife Capital
Sub-Saharan Africa

Knife Capital is a South African venture capital investment and scale-up advisory firm investing in innovation-driven ventures. Knife Capital manages HBD Venture Capital's portfolio of investments, invests via KNF Ventures in small and medium-sized enterprises and provides an entrepreneurship development programme. It typically makes investments of up to USD 5 million. It also runs an accelerator called Grindstone to provide business advisory services.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount> $2M
Exact Amount$5 million
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 StageEarly Stage
IB TopicsInnovation
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