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. 

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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.

Intermediary Database

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500 Mexico City
Latin America and the Caribbean
Mexico

500 Mexico City is an accelerator programme for start-ups that provides advice, networks and access to finance. Companies going through the Seed Programme receive an investment and mentorship.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountryLatin America and the Caribbean
Mexico
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingFellowship, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
Acumen
Global, East Asia and Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa

Acumen is a non-profit that raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that tackle poverty. The organisation provides long-term debt or equity investments ranging from USD 250,000 to USD 3,000,000 in early-stage companies with payback or exit in seven to ten years. Acumen also offers fellowships that include leadership training and working with one of Acumen's portfolio companies.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal, East Asia and Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt finance
Amount$500,000 - 2M
Exact Amount$250,000 - 3 million
Technical Support OfferingFellowship, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Health, Education, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management, Housing or Construction
Agora Partnerships
Latin America and the Caribbean

Agora Partnerships strengthens Latin American social entrepreneurs and prepares them to access the impact investment market through custom business services, consultants, and global network access. This is primarily done through the Agora Accelerator, a four month programme designed to provide entrepreneurs access to knowledge, networks, and capital.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountryLatin America and the Caribbean
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
AlphaMundi
Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa

AlphaMundi is an impact investor providing debt and equity financing to businesses in sectors such as microfinance, affordable education, fair trade agriculture and renewable energy.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryLatin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information sharing, resources and publications
Focus TypeNot specified
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Education, Financial Services
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 finance
Amount$150,000 - 500,000
Exact Amount$150,000 - 1.5 million
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support
Focus TypeStart-ups
SectorAgriculture or Food, Financial Services
Amani Institute
Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa
Brazil, Kenya

Amani Institute offers higher education in social innovation in order to develop professionals who create social impact in their future careers.

Type of OrganisationAcademia
Region/CountryLatin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa
Brazil, Kenya
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
IB TopicsInnovation
Annona Sustainable Investment Fund
Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa

Annona invests in profitable companies across food value chains and sustainable tourism that have proven socio-economic impact for local stakeholders. Annona is active in Africa and Latin America. Annona aims to acquire an equity interest of 20% to 60% in order to, if required, actively influence the management of the target company.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryLatin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies
SectorAgriculture or Food, Tourism
Argidius
Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa

Argidius promotes the growth of small and medium sized enterprises (SME) in order to improve the lives of the poor through increased income generation. It offers a number of services including helping growing SMEs to be investment ready and gain access to finance, and providing tailored capacity development services such as incubation, acceleration, training, coaching, mentoring and networking

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Foundation
Region/CountryLatin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline), Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies
BizCorps
Latin America and the Caribbean
Colombia

BizCorps is a strategy advisory firm specializing in high-potential, growth-oriented businesses in Colombia. Services include business assessment, strategy development, strategy implementation and evaluation.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy, NGO
Region/CountryLatin America and the Caribbean
Colombia
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups
SectorAgriculture or Food, Health, Housing or Construction
IB TopicsResults Measurement and Impact
Carao Ventures
Latin America and the Caribbean
Costa Rica

Carao Ventures invests in start-ups with high growth potential and provides business development services to investees.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountryLatin America and the Caribbean
Costa Rica
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage