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 Amount$150,000 - 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
Focus StageGrowth Companies
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
IB TopicsRural development, Environmental Impact, Results Measurement and Impact
Acorn Private Equity
Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa

Acorn Private Equity is a private equity fund manager and investment advisor focused on small and medium-sized enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa. The fund invests USD 10 million to USD 40 million in mid-cap businesses in food production and processing, utilities, healthcare, education, building materials, consumer goods, financial services, waste management and precludes industries such as primary agriculture, mining and real estate.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount> $2M
Exact Amount$10 - 40 million
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageGrowth Companies
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Health, Education, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management, Housing or Construction, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
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
Africa Management Services Company
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Africa Management Services Company (AMSCO) tackles the scarcity of human capital in Africa by providing human capital solutions to African industries. It works with a wide variety of clients, ranging from private and public investors, small and medium enterprises and large companies through to industry associations and governmental organisations with a vision to grow African businesses, assisting them to become globally competitive, profitable and sustainable. AMSCO grew out of the African Training and Management Services Project (ATMS), a joint initiative of International Finance Corporation (IFC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and African Development Bank (AfDB).

Type of OrganisationConsultancy
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
Focus StageGrowth Companies
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Health, Education, Tourism, Housing or Construction, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods, Financial Services
IB TopicsRural development, Urban development
African–EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP)
Sub-Saharan Africa

The African–EU Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme (RECP) supports the development of markets for renewable energy in Africa by facilitating African and European business cooperation for co-investment, exchange of expertise and technology and promote investment in Africa’s renewable energy markets. RECP provides advisory services and an online database of funding instruments including debt, equity and grant facilities.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
SectorEnergy
Agri-Vie
Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius

Agri-Vie is a private equity investment fund focused on the food and agribusiness value chain. Agri-Vie supports the involvement of in-country entrepreneurs and shareholders in the ownership and management of investee companies. It has an average transaction amount of USD 6 million.

Type of OrganisationPrivate equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa, Kenya, Mauritius
Finance OfferingEquity
Amount> $2M
Exact Amount$6 million
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNot specified
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
AHL Venture Partners
Sub-Saharan Africa

AHL Venture Partners is an impact-focused venture capital firm in Africa. In addition to equity and debt financing, AHL provides services such as training on business model and strategy, impact monitoring and measurement, and links portfolio companies to partners and business opportunities.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity
Exact Amount
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
Focus StageGrowth Companies
SectorFinancial Services, Agriculture or Food, Energy
Alitheia Capital
Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria

Alitheia Capital offers financial and non-financial support to businesses contributing to the economic and social development of West Africa, mainly Nigeria.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeNot specified
Focus StageEarly Stage
SectorEnergy, Housing or Construction, Financial Services
IB TopicsInnovation
BiD Network
Sub-Saharan Africa
Uganda

The BiD Network provides business growth support and investor matchmaking services. BID Network organizes impact investment trips to Uganda to enable investors to explore emerging market business opportunities.

Type of OrganisationNetwork/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Uganda
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageGrowth Companies
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Health
IB TopicsResults Measurement and Impact
CAO Partners
Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria

CAO Partners Limited is an independent research, training and business advisory firm that aims to develop small and medium enterprises based in Nigeria. CAO's portfolio of tailored services includes capital and debt sourcing, investment research, fee-based business management and advisory, strategy and enterprise development, and training and business consulting.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Health, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods