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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Africa50
Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa50 is a platform and fund for infrastructure development and financing in Africa focused mostly on projects in the energy and transport sectors. Africa50 provides equity and equity-like investments.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Focus TypeStart-ups, Large companies
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
Acorn Private Equity
Sub-Saharan Africa

Acorn Private Equity is a private equity fund manager and investment advisor focused on small and medium-sized enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa. The fund invests USD 10 million to USD 40 million in mid-cap businesses in food production and processing, utilities, healthcare, education, building materials, consumer goods, financial services, waste management and precludes industries such as primary agriculture, mining and real estate.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount> $2M
Exact Amount$10 - 40 million
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageGrowth Companies
Metier
Sub-Saharan Africa

Metier is a private equity firm specializing in investments in middle market, emerging growth and growth capital investments. The firm does not invest in seed, start-up, and early stage. It seeks to make an equity investment between USD3 million and USD100 million in its companies. The firm seeks to acquire controlling or significant minority positions in its portfolio companies. It takes substantial equity positions between 20 percent and 60 percent.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount> $2M
Exact Amount$3 - 100,000 million
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
True North Venture Partners
Global

True North Venture Partners invests in early stage companies with innovations that reshape socially important industries such as energy, water, agriculture and waste. Total investment per company generally ranges from USD 100,000 to USD 25 million.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount> $2M
Exact Amount$100,000 - 25 million
Technical Support OfferingPartnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups