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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Access to Capital for Rural Enterprises
Global

Access to Capital for Rural Enterprises (ACRE) is a platform to connect small and medium size enterprises to impact investors and business experts providing technical assistance. ACRE focuses on enterprises that require between USD 150,000 and USD 1.5 million in loan or equity finance.

Type of OrganisationNetwork/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount$ 150,000 - 500,000
Exact Amount150,000 - 1.5 million
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
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageGrowth
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
IB TopicsRural development, Environmental Impact, Results Measurement and Impact
Alterfin
East Asia and Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa

Alterfin is financing microfinance institutions and fair trade producers in Latin America, Africa and Asia. It provides loans to fair trade producer groups and associations. Loan size ranges between USD 150,000 and USD 1,500,000 with possible leverage from other funds up to three times the specified amount

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingDebt Financing
Amount$ 150,000 - 500,000
Exact Amount150,000 - 1.5 million
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageNot specified
SectorAgriculture or Food, Financial Services
IB TopicsFinance for Inclusive Business
Angel Investment Network Indonesia (ANGIN)
East Asia and Pacific
Indonesia

The Angel Investment Network Indonesia (ANGIN) engages in early stage investment and mentoring for start-ups. Each individual investor invests between USD 10,000 to USD 100,000 and can pool with other angel investors into syndications to make a potential ticket size of USD 500,000.

Type of OrganisationNetwork/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Indonesia
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount$ 150,000 - 500,000
Exact Amount500,000
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
IB TopicsGender
Ankur Capital
South Asia
India

Ankur Capital is an early stage VC firm which provides financial and technical support to seed stage companies in agriculture, healthcare, skill development and education. Ankur deploys between INR 5 million and 40 million and helps portfolio companies to raise additional capital from other investors.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount$ 150,000 - 500,000
Exact Amount75,000 - 600,000
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
SectorAgriculture or Food, Health, Education
Business Oxygen (BO2)
South Asia
Nepal

Business Oxygen (BO2) is a private-equity impact fund combining risk capital financing (between USD 100,000 to 500,000) with technical advisory support. BO2 supports public or private limited companies, preferably in operation for at least two years or new ventures which are a part of an old business in operation for over two years.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySouth Asia
Nepal
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount$ 150,000 - 500,000
Exact Amount100,000 - 500,000
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageGrowth
IB TopicsEnvironmental Impact
Capital 4 Development Partners
Global

Capital 4 Development Partners (C4D), formerly ICCO Investments, provides financially-viable social businesses operating in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia with investments between EUR 200,000 and EUR 1 Million. C4D connects investees with its local and international network of technical assistance and financial providers to support them in becoming financially sustainable and independent. As of 2017-18, C4D is only actively sourcing deals in Asia.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingDebt Financing, Equity, Guarantees
Amount$ 150,000 - 500,000
Exact Amount240,000 - 1.2 million
Technical Support OfferingPartnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageGrowth
IB TopicsEnvironmental Impact
Compete Caribbean
Latin America and the Caribbean

The Compete Caribbean challenge fund provides grants up to USD 500,000 to enterprises across Caribbean states. Specifically, the fund provides matching grant resources to firms and entrepreneurs, who want to finance innovative ventures, take risks to develop new products, implement new business models, and/or enter new markets.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/ Programme/ Facility, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountryLatin America and the Caribbean
Finance OfferingGrants and Awards
Amount$ 150,000 - 500,000
Exact Amountup to 500,000
Focus TypeLarge companies/ MNCs, Start-ups/SMEs
Focus StageNot specified
IB TopicsInnovation
Global Resilience Partnership
East Asia and Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia

The Global Resilience Challenge is a competitive grant process that brings together multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary teams to identify and help build resilience for populations in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. Seed grants amount to up to USD 250,000; scaling-up grants to USD 1 million.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/ Programme/ Facility, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia
Finance OfferingGrants and Awards
Amount$ 150,000 - 500,000
Exact Amount250,000 - 1 million
Focus TypeNot specified
Focus StageNot specified
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management
IB TopicsEnvironmental Impact
Health Enterprise Fund
Sub-Saharan Africa
Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria

The Health Enterprise Fund provides grants and technical assistance to private health enterprises with solutions that address critical health priorities in sub-Saharan Africa. Grants range from USD 100,000 to USD 200,000.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/ Programme/ Facility, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria
Finance OfferingGrants and Awards
Amount$ 150,000 - 500,000
Exact Amount100,000 - 200,000
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
SectorHealth
IB TopicsFinance for Inclusive Business, Replication, Innovation
IGNITE Fund
Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa

Managed by Stitching SPARK in the Netherlands, IGNITE Fund provides small and growing businesses (SGBs) in fragile and conflict-affected states with up to USD250,000 (over 3-7 years) of equity finance and leverages SPARK's locally-based technical assistance for entrepreneurs. For each investee, IGNITE Fund develops a tailored technical assistance package to build capacity required to achieve their financial, operational and impact targets.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount$ 150,000 - 500,000
Exact AmountUp to 250,000
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageNot specified
SectorAgriculture or Food, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods