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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Chase Bank
Sub-Saharan Africa

Chase Bank, is a Kenya based commercial bank. It offers various Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) focused banking products and services. These include term loans, asset finance, trade finance (incl. bonds and guarantees), letters of credit, bill discounting.It also offers capacity building to entrepreneurs through its online portal. They have launched SME Biz Hubs in branches in Nairobi and Mombasa, which offer seminars and an SME forum. In 2015 they announced that they would extend loans totaling more than US$580 million over the next three years to local entrepreneurs who would otherwise have trouble getting financing, with a focus on youth and women. It also offers tailored products for the following sectors: healthcare, education, agribusiness and NGOs among others.

Type of OrganisationCommercial Bank
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications
Focus TypeLarge companies, NGOs/Non-profits, Start-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies
IB TopicsYouth, Gender
Doreo Partners
Sub-Saharan Africa

Doreo Partners is an impact investment firm investing in profitable, high growth, early stage businesses that improve the livelihoods of Nigerian smallholder farmers. To accompany its equity-based investments for select companies, Doreo provides strategic guidance, hands-on leadership, industry expertise and access to capital to assist investors and entrepreneurs develop market-leading companies.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Finance OfferingEquity
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
Echoing Green
Global

Echoing Green provides seed funding to for-profit social enterprises, and fellowships to early-stage non-profit and for-profit organisations, and provides technical assistance along its investments. In addition, the organisation offers a leadership training programme to prepare business leaders for high-impact non-profit board service.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Impact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund, NGO
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Grants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Fellowship, Information sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
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
ICICI Bank
Sub-Saharan Africa

ICICI Bank is one of India's largest private sector banks. It offers a wide range of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) focused products and services, and technical assistance. The banking facilities include various fund and non-fund based facilities.ICICI Bank is also a partner of IFC for the SME Toolkit project. The SME Toolkit provides comprehensive and easy to use information on a variety of topics like Business Planning, Accounting, Human Resources, International Business, Legal, Insurance, Taxation, Marketing, Operations, Technology and Tenders.

Type of OrganisationCommercial Bank
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies
Lotus Fund
East Asia and Pacific

Lotus Impact (formerly Global Impact Fund for Today) is a social impact fund targeting small and medium-sized enterprises to further socio-economic and environmental value to communities worldwide. It provides both seed stage and follow on investments. Financial support is backed by technical assistance. Lotus Impact acts also acts as an ecosystem actor and facilitates shared learning on business investment and practice, especially in developing economies, to spur a diverse and robust network of impact investors, businesses and government policymakers.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Vietnam
Finance OfferingEquity
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, Growth Companies
IB TopicsGender
Oasis 500
Middle East and North Africa

Oasis500 is a seed investment company and business accelerator in the Tech and Creative Industry spaces based in Amman, Jordan. It enables entrepreneurs to transform their viable ideas or creative talents into scalable businesses. That includes finding those entrepreneurs, investing in their startups, bridging their know-how gap, and eventually helping them get follow-on funding.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Impact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryMiddle East and North Africa
Jordan
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeNGOs/Non-profits, Start-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
IB TopicsInnovation
Persistent Energy Partners
Sub-Saharan Africa

Persistent Energy Partners invests in start-up and early stage companies in the off-grid energy sector. It provides hands-on support to investees by tapping into its financial and legal expertise, sector and regional experience as well as a wide network of relationships. ?

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
SectorEnergy
Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)
South Asia

Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) acts as the principal financial institution for the promotion, financing and development of the micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector and for co-ordination of the functions of the institutions engaged in similar activities.The business strategy of SIDBI is to address the financial and non-financial gaps in MSME eco-system. Financial support to MSMEs is provided by way of (a) Indirect / refinance to banks / Financial Institutions for onward lending to MSMEs and (b) direct finance in the niche areas like risk capital, sustainable finance, receivable financing, service sector financing, etc. Through it accredited consultants, SIDBI provides the following services to MSMEs:- Guide new / existing entrepreneurs regarding availability of schemes of SIDBI / commercial banks- Inform MSMEs of Government subsidies / benefits- Provide borrowers with debt counselling- Prepare Basic Information Memorandum (BIM)- Facilitate response to queries raised by banks etc.

Type of OrganisationCommercial Bank
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity, Grants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies
Engineers Without Borders Canada
Sub-Saharan Africa

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) invests in early stage, innovative, highly scalable social enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa that are focused on solving issues faced by the underserved. The EWB ventures program makes customised, long-term investments of up to USD 100,000 in first-of-kind scalable social enterprises

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund, NGO
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingEquity, Grants and awards
Amount$50,000 -150,000
Exact Amountup to $100,000
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Fellowship, Information 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
Focus StageEarly Stage