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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BoP Innovation Center
South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

The BoP Innovation Center is an independent foundation aiming to develop commercially and socially viable business models and activities by providing assistance in areas of marketing and distribution, inclusive innovations and inclusive business empowerment.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy, Foundation
Region/CountrySouth Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Ghana, Benin, Kenya, Ethiopia, Bangladesh
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
IB TopicsGender, Innovation
Canopus Foundation
Global

The Canopus Foundation promotes social investment, and provides business development assistance for social entrepreneurs in developing countries working in the field of clean energy technologies. The support provided ranges from direct financial contributions to conducting marketing research and management consulting.

Type of OrganisationFoundation, Impact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity, Grants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNot specified
SectorEnergy
Central Square Foundation
South Asia

The Central Square Foundation is a grant-making organisation and policy think tank focused on improving school education in India. The foundation offers grants to social entrepreneurs, provides research and innovation sharing that aims to influence public policy.

Type of OrganisationFoundation, Impact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
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
Focus TypeNGOs/Non-profits
SectorEducation
IB TopicsYouth
Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
Global

The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women cooperates with non-profits, private and public-sector organisations to develop programmes to support women's micro, small and medium enterprises. The foundation provides an enterprise development programme, mentoring, and a mobile technology programme.

Type of OrganisationFoundation
Region/CountryGlobal
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
IB TopicsGender
Cordes Foundation
Global

The Cordes Foundation is a family foundation focused on social entrepreneurship, impact investing and creating economic opportunities for women. In addition to financing, the foundation also provides technical support such as connecting social entrepreneurs to potential investors and other support actors; and organises events on social entrepreneurship and impact investing. It also runs a fellowship programme targeted at emerging social entrepreneurs.

Type of OrganisationFoundation, Impact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity, Grants and awards, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingFellowship, 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
Focus StageEarly Stage
IB TopicsGender
DOEN Foundation
South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

The DOEN Foundation provides grants, equity investments and loans to support enterprising approaches for a more green and inclusive society in East Africa and India. Investments are made primarily in start-ups.

Type of OrganisationFoundation, Impact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySouth Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
India
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity, Grants and awards
Exact Amount
Focus TypeNGOs/Non-profits, Start-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
SectorEnergy
FATE Foundation
Sub-Saharan Africa

FATE Foundation offers business support, advisory and ancillary services to Nigerian entrepreneurs through group and one-on-one mentoring, consulting on business plan development, access to work space and a peer community and funding via competitive grants and access to investors. In addition, entrepreneurs may attend workshops and events and gain access to knowledge-building resources provided by FATE Foundation and local partner organisations.

Type of OrganisationFoundation
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
Afribiz Foundation
Sub-Saharan Africa

Afribiz Foundation runs events and acceleration programmes for start-ups. It offers one-day workshops focused on various stages of entrepreneurship, online bootcamps, with local cohort support, and programmes that aim to move start-ups from early to growth stage.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Foundation
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingTraining, and other classroom based support (online/offline), Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
Grameen Foundation
Global

The Grameen Foundation connects individuals to financial, health, and agricultural services and information. The foundation works with banks, microfinance institutions, mobile network operators, and agribusinesses to provide access to financial services. Combining the use of digital technology, networks in local communities, and other partners the organisation runs agriculture and health programmes.

Type of OrganisationFoundation
Region/CountryGlobal
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
IB TopicsInnovation, Gender
Growing Business Foundation (GBF)
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Growing Business Foundation (GBF) is a Nigerian development intermediary supporting micro-entrepreneurs by providing capacity building, access to markets and access to finance. GBF's services include business development, women empowerment, a business academy, and a teenagers business club.

Type of OrganisationFoundation
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Grants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingPartnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
IB TopicsYouth, Gender