Funder and investor 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. 

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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Action Hero Ventures
Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa

Action Hero Ventures is a private investment holding company that makes early stage investments and provides assistance in strategy formulation and execution and by giving access to valuable networks to scalable businesses. The maximum initial investment amount is ZAR 3M and it prefers to invest alongside other investors for a minority equity stake.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount$50,000 -150,000
Exact Amount$235,000
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
SectorAgriculture or Food, Health, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods, Financial Services
Africa Media Venture Fund (AMVF)
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Africa Media Venture Fund (AMVF) provides investments ranging from USD 20,000 to USD 200,000 for entrepreneurs and African small and medium-sized enterprises in the media sector. AMVF offers technical support in business development, involving knowledge, experience, access to proven business concepts and network.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount$50,000 -150,000
Exact Amount$20,000 - 200,000
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageGrowth Companies
Artha Venture Challenge
South Asia
India

The Artha Venture Challenge supports early stage social entrepreneurs in India who are given the opportunity to pitch for up to INR 6 million of funding if matched with the equivalent or more in co-investment. Artha may either lead or simply match any transaction. In addition, the selected enterprises get access to business support, networks and mentoring. The challenge also involves Villgro which provides the incubation support, mentoring and networking support.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount$50,000 -150,000
Exact Amount$90,000
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Health, Education
IB TopicsEnvironmental Impact, Rural development, Urban development
Engineers Without Borders Canada
Sub-Saharan Africa

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) invests in early stage, innovative, highly scalable social enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa that are focused on solving issues faced by the underserved. The EWB ventures program makes customised, long-term investments of up to USD 100,000 in first-of-kind scalable social enterprises

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund, NGO
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingEquity, Grants and awards
Amount$50,000 -150,000
Exact Amountup to $100,000
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Fellowship, 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 TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
IB TopicsEnvironmental Impact, Youth, Gender
Growth Capital Fund
Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria

Growth Capital Fund is a Nigerian social innovation fund, which supports early stage technology businesses. Investment range from NGN 10 million to NGN 30 million.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount$50,000 -150,000
Exact Amount$28,000 - 85,000
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
Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA)
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) is an award that provides USD 150,000 to winning African innovators and entrepreneurs who deliver market-oriented solutions for African-led development.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Amount$50,000 -150,000
Exact Amount$150,000
Focus TypeStart-ups
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Health, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
IB TopicsEnvironmental Impact, Innovation
IntelleCash
South Asia
India

IntelleCash provides working capital and business loans in the range of INR 0.25 million to INR 7.5 million to growing Indian micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt finance
Amount$50,000 -150,000
Exact Amount$4,000 - 115,000
Focus TypeStart-ups
LeadPath Nigeria
Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria

LeadPath Nigeria provides seed capital funding to start-up businesses in technology areas such as software, web and mobile technologies. The average investment ranges from USD 25,000 to USD 100,000.00 for seed investment and several millions of dollars for follow on funding series. LeadPath also provides access to facilities/ labs, shared services (HR, Accounting and Tax, and Legal Services), workshops and events.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount$50,000 -150,000
Exact Amount$25,000 - 100,000
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Physical co-working space, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
NESsT
Latin America and the Caribbean

NESsT supports social enterprises in Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America through financial investments (seed capital up to USD 150,000), capacity support (business training) and social capital (corporate professionals providing pro-bono consulting services) from planning to scaling. NESsT's consulting arm helps corporations, foundations, and governments to achieve their strategic social impact objectives through research and capacity support.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy, Impact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryLatin America and the Caribbean
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Grants and awards
Amount$50,000 -150,000
Exact Amount$150,000
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
ServLed
Sub-Saharan Africa
Ghana

ServLed is a leader in very early stage investments and business development in Ghana, making investments of USD 5,000 to USD 100,000 in the form of risk capital or debt (or a combination of both) directly or through its network of investors. In addition to investments, the team runs several value-add programmess for early stage businesses, including a business accelerator, which creates a healthy pipelines for its portfolio.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Impact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ghana
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt finance
Amount$50,000 -150,000
Exact Amount$5,000 - 100,000
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
SectorRetail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
IB TopicsInnovation