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. 

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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:

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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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Central Bank of India is an Indian commercial bank. It offers various micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) focused banking services. In addition, it also offers Central government-sponsored MSME schemes such as Prime Ministers Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), Credit Linked Capital Subsidy Scheme (CLCSS), Cent Mudra Loans and Cent Stand Up India Scheme. The bank also has a Women Entrepreneur Cell.

Type of OrganisationCommercial Bank
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies
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
Commercial Bank of Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa

Commercial Bank of Africa Limited provides financial services to individual, SME, and corporate banking customers in Kenya. It offers a host of services focused on SMEs. These include lending, transaction, investment and cash management solutions. It has a received credit lines from OPIC and AfDb for enhancing SME lending. The funding is channeled to SMEs and local corporates in infrastructure, tradable and other transformative sector transactions in Kenya. It also aims to provide liquidity support to expand financing to local corporates involved in value-addition in the trading, manufacturing, agriculture, infrastructure, transport, and construction, among other sector.

Type of OrganisationCommercial Bank
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies

Diamond Bank offers various tailor-made solutions for emerging businesses. It offers a host of services such as capacity building, access to markets and access to finance offerings. The bank also has special programmes designed for private schools and agribusinesses. It has a partnership with the African Guarantee Fund for enhancing SME financing.

Type of OrganisationCommercial Bank
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingPartnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies
First Bank
Sub-Saharan Africa

First Bank is one of Nigeria's biggest commercial banks. It offers various products and services that create solutions for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This involves, but is not limited to, financing for imports, oil and gas contracts, cement distribution, invoice discounting , telecom distribution, petroleum dealrship, FMCG distribution. In addition, the bank also offers products for the agricultural sector and start-ups.

Type of OrganisationCommercial Bank
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies
GCB Bank
Sub-Saharan Africa

GCB Bank is a commercial bank, headquartered in Accra, Ghana, offering both personal and commercial banking solutions. It offers various Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) focused products and services including business debit cards, bulk cash collection services, payroll services, import and export finance, letters of credit, bills for collection, money transfer and remittance, business development and advisory services.

Type of OrganisationCommercial Bank
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ghana
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups, Large companies
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies
Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank)
Sub-Saharan Africa

GTBank is a Nigeria-headquartered bank that offers various products and services to meet the banking needs of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME). It also runs the GTBank SME MarketHub, which is a free online platform that allows small businesses to carry out B2C business online.

Type of OrganisationCommercial Bank
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Uganda, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Ghana, Gambia, Liberia, Kenya, Cote D'Ivoire, Nigeria
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies
Gulf African Bank
Sub-Saharan Africa

Gulf African Bank (GAB) provides various banking and financial products and services to individual and institutional customers in Kenya. The bank offers various Shari’ah-compliant products and services, to SMEs in Kenya. Some of its SME financing products include SME mortgage, construction finance, asset based finance, stock / working capital finance, trade facilities and collateral management. The bank also has a partnership with African Development Bank to extend financing to SMEs. Through this arrangement, African Development Bank provides financial guarantee for GAB's SME loan book.

Type of OrganisationCommercial Bank
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Exact Amount
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies
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
African Banking Corporation
Sub-Saharan Africa

African Banking Corporation operates as a bank that provides financial products and services to individuals, small and medium enterprises, corporate organisations, Saccos, learning institutions, religious institutions, and service providers.Through its banking division, it offers term loans, overdrafts, asset finance and trade finance servcies.

Type of OrganisationCommercial Bank
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Uganda, Kenya
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Focus TypeStart-ups, Large companies
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies

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