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.

Intermediary Database

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Aavishkaar Fund
East Asia and Pacific, South Asia
India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan

Aavishkaar Fund is an early-stage impact investor that provides capital to entrepreneurs in rural areas of India.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, South Asia
India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Exact Amount
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Health, Education, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management
IB TopicsRural development
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
Focus StageEarly Stage
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
Agricultural Development Bank Limited
South Asia
Nepal

The Agricultural Development Bank Limited provides banking services in Nepal.

Type of OrganisationGovt/Donor/State-owned enterprises, Private equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySouth Asia
Nepal
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
Focus StageGrowth Companies
SectorAgriculture or Food
IB TopicsRural development
Amplify Change
South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Amplify Change provides grants to civil society organisations, mostly those based in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, with a priority on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySouth Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Exact Amount
Focus TypeNGOs/Non-profits
SectorHealth, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management
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 Amount$75,000 - 600,000
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
SectorAgriculture or Food, Health, Education
Apna Arsh Pakistan
South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Pakistan, Uganda

Apna Arsh Pakistan provides research, analysis and implementation services, including strategic management, capacity building and training initiatives to micro and small enterprises.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy
Region/CountrySouth Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Pakistan, Uganda
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information sharing, resources and publications, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
IB TopicsEnvironmental Impact
Aqua for All
Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia

Aqua for All is a Netherlands based NGO, focussing on innovative and transformative solutions for drinking water and sanitation, targeting underserved areas in developing countries. Aqua for All acts as a connector and facilitator, through smart granting, and co-creates partnerships for transformative, sustainable and scalable solutions that unlock private investments opportunities. With its business-like, efficient, and result-oriented approach, we inspire and support our stakeholders to help the world’s Base of the Pyramid gain sustainable access to safe water and adequate sanitation.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Challenge Fund/Programme/Facility, Foundation
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa, South Asia
Finance OfferingGrants and awards, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNGOs/Non-profits, Start-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage, Growth Companies
SectorWater, Sanitation or Waste Management
Artha Platform
South Asia
India

The Artha Platform is an online community and website, connecting impact investors and donors, social entrepreneurs and capacity building support organisations. Artha itself is neither involved in the due diligence contracts, nor in the structuring or closure of investment deals.

Type of OrganisationNetwork/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
Amount$20,000 - 50,000
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNot specified
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