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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Edge Growth
Sub-Saharan Africa

Edge Growth is an enterprise and supplier development firm that provides services in strategy and advisory, small and medium sized enterprise growth support, fund management, and programme management.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy, Private equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Finance OfferingNot specified
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
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
Ideosource
East Asia and Pacific

Ideosource is an Indonesian venture capital firm dedicated to making investment in early-stage to later-stage enterprises. Ideosource seeks companies and enterprises with the emphasis in online content, media, advertising, e-commerce, payment and supporting infrastructures in web and mobile technologies.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Indonesia
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingPartnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies
MBO Capital Management (MCM)
Sub-Saharan Africa

MBO Capital Management (MCM) is a private investment firm that provides capital to small and medium-sized enterprises and established companies in Nigeria and Anglophone West Africa.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria, Sierra Leone
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity
Exact Amount
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
Focus StageGrowth Companies
Sarona Asset Management
Global

Sarona is a private investment firm providing capital to entrepreneurs that deliver high risk-adjusted returns while promoting positive ethical, social and environmental values.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageGrowth Companies
Synergy Capital Managers
Sub-Saharan Africa

Synergy Capital Managers is a private equity fund manager that targets high-growth SMEs across West Africa. The company provides equity investments, market access, strong networks, talent referral and capability to secure follow-on capital and financial management expertise.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageGrowth Companies
WDB Investment Holdings (WDBIH)
Sub-Saharan Africa

WDB Investment Holdings (WDBIH) provides equity investments in key sectors in South Africa including industrials, life insurance, banks, oil and gas, real estate, media and basic resources. WDBIH's ED Fund supports black youth and women entrepreneurs.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageGrowth Companies
IB TopicsGender, Youth
Action Hero Ventures
Sub-Saharan Africa

Action Hero Ventures is a private investment holding company that makes early stage investments and provides assistance in strategy formulation and execution and by giving access to valuable networks to scalable businesses. The maximum initial investment amount is ZAR 3M and it prefers to invest alongside other investors for a minority equity stake.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount$50,000 -150,000
Exact Amount$235,000
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
Omnivore Partners
South Asia

Omnivore Partners is a venture capital arm of Godrej Agrovet Limited specializing in early stage and start up investments. It seeks to invest between USD 0.16 million and USD 6million. It invests in companies less than USD 4million in sales. The firm seeks significant minority stake between 30 percent to 35 percent and also acquires a board seat. It seeks to provide additional funding available for Series B.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount> $2M
Exact Amount$160,000 - 6 million
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage