iBAN's intermediary database

This database targets inclusive businesses 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. 

Use the search filters below to narrow down your search for financial and/or technical support providers.

Further funding databases:

--> GET.invest: focused on renewable energy in Africa
--> Nexus for Development: focused on Southeast Asia 

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 – here referred to as intermediaries – 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). 

The database does not include organizations offering microfinance. A comprehensive listing of these, sorted by country, can be viewed here. More organizations will be added over time and suggestions are welcome.

 

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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Accountability Lab
South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Nepal, Pakistan

Accountability Lab trains, mentors, and provides resources to local changemakers for strengthening systems of accountability and unleashing positive social and economic change. It runs the Accountability Incubator that provides mentorship and up to USD 10,000 in seed funding to local entrepreneurs.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, NGO
Region/CountrySouth Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Nepal, Pakistan
Finance OfferingGrants and Awards
Amount$ 0-20,000
Exact AmountUp to 10,000
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
IB TopicsYouth
Agripreneurs Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa
Ghana

Agripreneurs Africa provides several services for enterprises. It provides training and support services to smallholder farmers and agribusiness enterprises in the sector. It also offers a customised in-house and field-based training for individuals, staff of NGOs, companies and cooperatives across a range of topics in the agricultural industry. It holds an Agribusiness Model Competition that aims to stimulate agribusiness growth as a means to stem growing unemployment in the country. The main prize to be won is GHS 25,000.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ghana
Finance OfferingGrants and Awards
Amount$ 0-20,000
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeNot specified
Focus StageNot specified
SectorAgriculture or Food
GN Bank
Sub-Saharan Africa
Ghana

GN Bank is a privately owned commercial bank, headquartered in Accra, Ghana. It offers Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) loans to individuals, companies and enterprises. The product is offered to existing and non-GN Bank customers who have been in business for at least one year. The SME term loans are granted for a period of up to 3 years and the minimum amount lent is GHC 10,000

Type of OrganisationCommercial Bank
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ghana
Finance OfferingDebt Financing, Guarantees
Amount$ 0-20,000
Exact Amountminimum 2,200
Focus TypeLarge companies/ MNCs, Start-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly, Growth
Inclusive Business Model Competition to support for piloting in Bangladesh
South Asia
Bangladesh

Dutch-Bangla Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DBCCI) in an established institute for the common interest of Dutch oriented business companies and organizations. DBCCI obtained the license (no.22/99) from the Ministry of Commerce of Bangladesh as the 1st Bi-lateral Chamber of Commerce on 7th November 1999 and itself registered in Joint Stock, Reg. No. 450(07)/99 on 29th December 1999 under the Companies Act XVIII of 1994. This institute has been maintaining 194 member companies under its registration.  The aim of DBCCI to keep possible contribution to achieve goal of socioeconomic development and in the local and Dutch investment and trade. In fostering the combination further, the main objectives of the institute are to provide trade and industry not only to facilitate exchanging of views and ideas but also to protect Dutch views mostly and mainly in Bangladesh based on representative discussion.

SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization. Founded in the Netherlands nearly 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local presence in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Our advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses, and organizations with the tools, knowledge, and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services. SNV works to empower people to break the cycle of poverty. SNV provides innovative solutions in Agriculture, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, and Renewable Energy in 27 developing countries worldwide.

SNV has joined hands with DBCCI for engaging the private sector to bring more Inclusive Business (IB) solution for readymade garments (RMG) sector. DBCCI will be supporting private companies to build knowledge, design inclusive business model, piloting and promoting in national and international arena. DBCCI is inviting private companies to design and pilot IB Models to serve RMG workers to improve their health and wellbeing.

Type of OrganisationNGO
Region/CountrySouth Asia
Bangladesh
Finance OfferingGrants and Awards
Amount$ 0-20,000
Exact Amount$10,000
Focus TypeLarge companies/ MNCs
Focus StageGrowth
InnoHub
Sub-Saharan Africa
Ghana

Innohub is a business accelerator and impact investment platform that helps small and medium enterprises with high growth and high impact potential to become investment ready, sustainable and scalable in order to achieve profitability and social impact. It nurtures early stage start-ups on fixed-term, cohort-based programmes, that includes a seed capital of USD 10,000 in cash and business development support services.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ghana
Finance OfferingGrants and Awards
Amount$ 0-20,000
Exact Amount10,000
Technical Support OfferingFellowship, Information 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/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
IB TopicsInnovation
Kiva
Global

Kiva is an international non-profit crowdfunding platform connecting lenders and borrowers. Borrowers get access to capital of up to USD 10,000 at zero percent interest.

Type of OrganisationNetwork/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingDebt Financing
Amount$ 0-20,000
Exact Amountup to 10,000
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
SectorAgriculture or Food, Health, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management, Housing or Construction
IB TopicsGender
Micro Empire
East Asia and Pacific
Myanmar

Micro Empire provides investment and mentoring to micro-entrepreneurs in Myanmar. Micro Empire provides investment of between USD 5,000 to USD 10,000 as well as services in management consulting, mentoring, partnership acquisition, and supply chain development.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Myanmar
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount$ 0-20,000
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
Sinapis
Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa
Kenya, Ghana, Brazil

Sinapis is a business accelerator prorgramme that provides early-stage entrepreneurs with advanced business training entrenched with faith-based principles. They offer a combination of online work, classroom work and fieldwork over the course of four months; a business plan competition (for USD 10,000 grant funding) and a fast track fellows programme (six months).

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountryLatin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa
Kenya, Ghana, Brazil
Finance OfferingGrants and Awards
Amount$ 0-20,000
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingFellowship, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
UnLtd India
South Asia

UnLtd India supports social entrepreneurs through its incubation programme, which provides seed funding, organisational and leadership support, access to follow-on funders, peers and experts. Early-stage funding includes grants up to Rs 3 lac. Growth funding includes grants up to about Rs 20 lakh for companies and Rs 12 lakh for non-profits.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountrySouth Asia
Finance OfferingGrants and Awards
Amount$ 0-20,000
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingFellowship, 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 TypeNGOs / Non-profits, Start-ups/SMEs
Focus StageAny
Ventures Platform
Sub-Saharan Africa

Ventures Platform is a seed stage fund and accelerator that actively finds, funds and supports African innovative companies. Ventures Platform invests USD 20,000 and provides legal and accounting service, workspace, and accommodation. The 16-weeks accelerator programme takes place in Abuja only.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount$ 0-20,000
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
IB TopicsInnovation