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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Amount of financial support

Intermediary Database

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Corporate Hub WLL (CH9)
Middle East and North Africa

Corporate Hub WLL (CH9) is a business accelerator that supports entrepreneurs in the MENA region by providing a platform and co-working space that fosters collaboration and peer development, and by advocating for better regulatory frameworks for SMEs in the MENA region. CH9 connects entrepreneurs to mentors and financial providers both within the Hub and within its wider international and local networks.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountryMiddle East and North Africa
Bahrain, Jordan, Canada
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Physical co-working space, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
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
enpact
Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa

enpact has an eight-month mentoring programme for startups in East and West Africa and the MENA region. During the eight months, enpact's international mentoring programme combines traditional one-on-one mentoring with unique learning opportunities in triangular international working groups of entrepreneurs. In addition, enpact hosts start-up camps, start-up safaris, lounges, expert workshops and national roundtables to support the creation of a sustainable network.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Physical co-working space, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
Enterprise Kenya
Sub-Saharan Africa

Enterprise Kenya is a government-sponsored national accelerator that provides Kenyan entrepreneurs operating in the ICT sector with investments and networking opportunities with key actors in the Kenyan and international ecosystem for tech entrepreneurship. In addition, the programme aims to support innovation and technology in Kenya by creating a supportive regulatory environment for entrepreneurs looking to scale their businesses.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Grants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNGOs/Non-profits, Start-ups
Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC)
East Asia and Pacific

The Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) is a government-supported programme that fosters the development of a sustainable and vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem in Malaysia. MaGIC aims to catalyse creativity and innovation for long-term development by facilitating collaboration and a supportive environment for entrepreneurs. Amongst many activities, MaGIC provides entrepreneurs with information on services available in Malaysia, hosts ecosystem events and advocates on behalf of entrepreneurs.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises, Network/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Malaysia
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Physical co-working space
Focus TypeStart-ups
IB TopicsInnovation
@iBizAfrica Strathmore
Sub-Saharan Africa

@iBizAfrica is a business incubator operating within @iLabAfrica, a Centre of Excellence in ICT innovation and Development at Kenya's Strathmore University. @iBizAfrica provides early stage digital startups with one-on-one mentoring, seed capital, legal advice, financial expertise, relevant training and physical resources. Tech entrepreneurs and startups at @iBizAfrica receive work space, linkages to similar international programmes, access to networking events and opportunities to pitch to investors, including venture capitalists, angel investors, private equity groups and banks.

Type of OrganisationAcademia, Accelerator/Incubator
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya
Finance OfferingNot specified
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, 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 TypeNGOs/Non-profits, Start-ups
IB TopicsYouth
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
East Asia and Pacific, South Asia, Europe and Central Asia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) assists its members, and partners, by providing loans, technical assistance, grants, and equity investments. ADB supports private sector development with direct financial assistance by funding and supporting private enterprises, financial institutions, and private equity funds, as well as by mobilizing international capital for private companies.

Type of OrganisationDevelopment Finance Institution, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, South Asia, Europe and Central Asia
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity, Grants and awards, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information sharing, resources and publications, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Asian Social Enterprise Incubator
East Asia and Pacific

The Asian Social Enterprise Incubator fosters inclusive business and renewable energy in the Philippines through consulting, research and project development. It also raises awareness for the Philippines as an investment destination and source of innovative business models for those sectors.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Philippines
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNot specified
Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access (EFInA)
Sub-Saharan Africa

Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA) is a financial sector development organisation that promotes financial inclusion in Nigeria through innovation grants for seed and early stage financial service ventures. Grants include 12 months of capacity building and technical assistance through mentoring, one-on-one consulting, knowledge resources, access to continued financial support and advocacy for financial inclusion.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
IB TopicsGender
Aqua for All
Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia

Aqua for All is a Netherlands based NGO, focussing on innovative and transformative solutions for drinking water and sanitation, targeting underserved areas in developing countries. Aqua for All acts as a connector and facilitator, through smart granting, and co-creates partnerships for transformative, sustainable and scalable solutions that unlock private investments opportunities. With its business-like, efficient, and result-oriented approach, we inspire and support our stakeholders to help the world’s Base of the Pyramid gain sustainable access to safe water and adequate sanitation.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Challenge Fund/Programme/Facility, Foundation
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa, South Asia
Finance OfferingGrants and awards, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNGOs/Non-profits, Start-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies