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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Enterprise Uganda
Sub-Saharan Africa

Enterprise Uganda is a public-private institution providing courses in financial literacy, trainings for business enterprise start-ups, and mentoring programmes. The Northern Uganda Youth Entrepreneurship Project (NUYEP), implemented by Enterprise Uganda and Youth Business International (YBI) supports young entrepreneurs in Uganda starting their businesses.

Type of OrganisationGovt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Uganda
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
IB TopicsGender, Youth
Innovative Ventures and Technologies for Development
South Asia

Innovative Ventures and Technologies for Development (INVENT) provides incubation support to technology-oriented start-ups working in social enterprise in India. Support is provided through seed funding, mentorship, capacity building workshops and networking.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Physical co-working space
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI)
Sub-Saharan Africa

The National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) is the apex governmental body for the promotion and development of the Micro and Small Enterprises (MSE) sector in Ghana. The services provided by NBSSI falls into two broad categories: (1) Non-financial or business advisory services (2) Financial services including credit provision

Type of OrganisationGovt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ghana
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingTraining, and other classroom based support (online/offline), Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Information sharing, resources and publications
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies
National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)
Sub-Saharan Africa

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) focuses on education and skills development of the South African youth. NYDA's grant programme provides young entrepreneurs access to financial and non-financial business development support. Grantees commit to participate in the NYDA mentorship and voucher programme for a minimum of 2 years.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
IB TopicsYouth
Agriculture Fast Track Fund
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT) is a multi-donor trust fund that facilitates preparation of agricultural projects in Africa, especially those aimed at agriculture infrastructure development by providing grants to enhance generation of data and information that improve the quality of project preparation and make them bankable and attractive for funding by Development Finance Institutions, including agricultural finance organisations. The AFT provides grant funding for the initial project development costs of a broad range of agriculture infrastructure projects spanning the entire value chain, with an emphasis on projects that contribute to food security and support to smallholders.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote D'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Exact Amount
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
Rural Technology and Business Incubator
South Asia

The Rural Technology and Business Incubator (RTBI) incubates start-ups in India whose focus is to impact rural and underserved societal segments, leveraging ICT. RTBI offers infrastructure and administrative support, as well as funding options, and other value added services like risk assessment, service development and marketing.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Physical co-working space
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
Somali AgriFood Fund
Sub-Saharan Africa

Smali AgriFood Fund is a seed capital matching investment fund focused on driving diaspora investments into Somali agriculture and rural businesses. It offers entrepreneurs access to financial capital, leveraging an initial seed capital grant to raise private investment.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Somalia
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
United States African Development Foundation (USADF)
Sub-Saharan Africa

The United States African Development Foundation (USADF) is an independent U.S. Government agency supporting African-owned community enterprises with seed capital (grants up to USD 250,000) and technical support. The foundation connects community enterprises with capital and technical support organisations. USADF focuses on recovering communities, smallholder farmers, women and girls, youth, and persons with disabilities.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility, Foundation, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
IB TopicsGender, Youth
Venture Capital Trust Fund
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Venture Capital Trust Fund was set up by the Government of Ghana to provide long-term funds to small and medium sized enterprises. The Fund provides equity, quasi-equity, and debt to qualifying businesses.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ghana
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
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