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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Dutch Development Bank
Global

The Dutch Development Bank finances commercially viable businesses and projects in sectors including agriculture, energy, manufacturing and finance. FMO offers long-term financing in the form of loans, equity investments and guarantees to encourage sustainable growth and works closely with investees, providing capacity development to strengthen organisational skills and to integrate environmental, social and governance practices into the core business.

Type of OrganisationDevelopment Finance Institution, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
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
Grassroots Business Fund (GBF)
Global

The Grassroots Business Fund (GBF) invests in inclusive businesses that directly impact 500-2,000 individuals. GBF's investment model provides patient capital and business advisory services concentrating on financial management, operations, and strategy.

Type of OrganisationGovt/Donor/State-owned enterprises, Impact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageGrowth Companies
Growth and Employment in States (GEMS) Nigeria
Sub-Saharan Africa

Growth and Employment in States (GEMS) Nigeria is a project aimed at job creation and non-oil growth in Nigeria. The project supports small and medium-sized enterprises with financial services and technical support in six industries - ICT, Entertainment, Wholesale and Retail, Construction and Real Estate, Hospitality and Tourism, and Meat and Leather.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Finance OfferingNot specified
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingTraining, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
IB TopicsGender
IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative
Global

The IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative convenes public-private partnerships focusing on smallholder farmer inclusion, mitigation of deforestation and forest degradation, living wages and improved working conditions, responsible agrochemical management, and gender equality. IDH aims to create joint design, co-funding and prototyping of new approaches.

Type of OrganisationGovt/Donor/State-owned enterprises, Network/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform
Region/CountryGlobal
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNot specified
Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is a national development finance institution, funding entrepreneurs that start new enterprises and supporting companies that want to extend existing operations.

Type of OrganisationDevelopment Finance Institution, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
IB TopicsYouth
National Economic Reconstruction Fund Nigeria
Sub-Saharan Africa

The National Economic Reconstruction Fund (NERFUND) Nigeria provides medium- to long-term loans at reduced rates to viable small and medium scale production enterprises in the country.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Exact Amount
IB TopicsGender, Youth
West Africa Trade and Investment Hub
Sub-Saharan Africa

West Africa's Trade and Investment Hub (the Trade Hub), a USAID initiative, helps the region's farmers and firms compete, attract investment, and boost trade. This is done by strengthening the competitive capacity of West Africa's farmers and firms in high-potential regional and global value chains, while also addressing transport constraints and barriers along the region's trade corridors and borders. The Trade Hub also facilitates relationships between businesses and financial institutions.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information sharing, resources and publications, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies
Technology Innovation Agency (TIA)
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) is a national public entity supporting the state in stimulating and intensifying technological innovation. TIA catalyses partnerships between small, medium and micro-sized enterprises, industries, universities and science councils, provides risk funding and support for innovators, attracts and facilitates late-stage funding, and reduces barriers of access to expensive high-end skills and equipment. It provides seed funding of up to R 500,000

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount$20,000 - 50,000
Exact Amount$40,000
Technical Support OfferingPartnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
IB TopicsYouth, Innovation
Voxtra East Africa Agribusiness Fund
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Voxtra East Africa Agribusiness Fund invests in agricultural companies which have positive impact on smallholder farmers by providing equity, debt and mezzanine or quasi-equity solutions. The fund holds investments up to seven years and provides portfolio companies access to later-stage growth capital. Equity investments range in size from USD 500,000 to USD 3 million.

Type of OrganisationGovt/Donor/State-owned enterprises, Impact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Zambia, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Ethiopia, Burundi
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt finance
Amount$500,000 - 2M
Exact Amount$500,000 - 3 million
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups