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
Action for India
South Asia
India

Action for India provides entrepreneurs with access to technology, mentorship, investors, government agencies, local partners and business development support. The organisation runs the annual Silicon Valley Challenge, winners of which are given the opportunity to spend 10 days in Silicon Valley, California engaging with leaders in technology and business. Action for India also offers a fellowship for social entrepreneurs.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
Finance OfferingGrants and Awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingFellowship, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageNot specified
Africa Development Bank (AfDB) Group
Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group finances projects, programmes and studies in the areas of agriculture, health, education, public utilities, transport and telecommunications. AfDB manages the African Development Fund (ADF) providing concessional funding for projects and programmes and technical assistance for studies and capacity-building activities.

Type of OrganisationDevelopment Finance Institution, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa
Finance OfferingDebt Financing, Grants and Awards
Exact Amount
Focus TypeNot specified
Focus StageNot specified
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Health, Education, Housing or Construction
Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF)
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund (AEFC) provides catalytic funding in the form of repayable and non-repayable grants to businesses in the agriculture and energy sectors. The amount of funding awarded to a single business is between USD 250,000 and USD 1.5 million. Once grantees have completed AECF funded projects, AECF continues providing technical support to enable them to identify sources of commercial capital.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/ Programme/ Facility
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingGrants and Awards
Amount$ 500,000 - 2 million
Exact Amount250,000 - 1.5 million
Technical Support OfferingPartnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageGrowth
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy
IB TopicsICT, Rural development
Africa Entrepreneur Collective
Sub-Saharan Africa

The African Entrepreneurship Collective (AEC) is an accelerator that offers mentoring, business development services, training and capital to Rwandan and Tanzanian entrepreneurs. The capital lease fund run by AEC offers capital leases between USD 10,000 and USD 50,000.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingDebt Financing, Grants and Awards
Amount$ 20,000-50,000
Exact Amount10,000 - 50,000
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, 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 StageGrowth
IB TopicsICT, Youth, Gender
African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN)
Sub-Saharan Africa
Ghana

The African Agribusiness Incubation Network (AAIN) is a private sector entity in Accra, Ghana providing business development support along various agricultural value chains, including the provision of technical advisory services, funding, networking, business advisory, mentoring and other key support for development of incubators and incubatees.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Network/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ghana
Finance OfferingGrants and Awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly, Growth
SectorAgriculture or Food
IB TopicsInnovation, Gender, Youth
AgDevCo
Sub-Saharan Africa
Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia

AgDevCo provides long-term risk capital to help early-stage businesses reach profitability and scale. Investments range from USD 250,000 to USD 10 million. In addition to risk capital, AgDevCo provides management support and expert agronomy advice, and can provide grants to help establish smallholder farmer outgrower schemes.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
Finance OfferingDebt Financing, Equity, Grants and Awards
Amount> $ 2 million
Exact Amount1 - 10 million
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
SectorAgriculture or Food
Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi)
Sub-Saharan Africa
Uganda

The Agricultural Business Initiative (aBi) supports Uganda's agribusiness development in the private sector by providing financing and technical support. The aBi Trust supports Farmer Organisations, NGOs, small and medium-sized enterprises in interventions that promote agribusiness development. aBi Finance provides lines of credit, agribusiness loan guarantees and a construction guarantee fund to agricultural based small and medium-sized enterprises.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/ Programme/ Facility, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Uganda
Finance OfferingDebt Financing, Grants and Awards, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingPartnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNGOs / Non-profits, Start-ups/SMEs
Focus StageNot specified
SectorAgriculture or Food
IB TopicsGender
Agriculture Fast Track Fund
Sub-Saharan Africa
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote D'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania

The Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT) is a multi-donor trust fund that facilitates preparation of agricultural projects in Africa, especially those aimed at agriculture infrastructure development by providing grants to enhance generation of data and information that improve the quality of project preparation and make them bankable and attractive for funding by Development Finance Institutions, including agricultural finance organisations. The AFT provides grant funding for the initial project development costs of a broad range of agriculture infrastructure projects spanning the entire value chain, with an emphasis on projects that contribute to food security and support to smallholders.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/ Programme/ Facility, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote D'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania
Finance OfferingGrants and Awards
Exact Amount
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
SectorAgriculture or Food
IB TopicsRural development
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