Funder and investor 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 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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Amount of financial support

Intermediary Database

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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
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
Dutch Development Bank
Global

The Dutch Development Bank finances commercially viable businesses and projects in sectors including agriculture, energy, manufacturing and finance. FMO offers long-term financing in the form of loans, equity investments and guarantees to encourage sustainable growth and works closely with investees, providing capacity development to strengthen organisational skills and to integrate environmental, social and governance practices into the core business.

Type of OrganisationDevelopment Finance Institution, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods, Financial Services
IB TopicsResults Measurement and Impact
Edge Growth
Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa

Edge Growth is an enterprise and supplier development firm that provides services in strategy and advisory, small and medium sized enterprise growth support, fund management, and programme management.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy, Private equity fund/ Private equity fund manager/ venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Finance OfferingNot specified
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods, Financial Services
Enhancing Financial Innovation and Access (EFInA)
Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria

Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA) is a financial sector development organisation that promotes financial inclusion in Nigeria through innovation grants for seed and early stage financial service ventures. Grants include 12 months of capacity building and technical assistance through mentoring, one-on-one consulting, knowledge resources, access to continued financial support and advocacy for financial inclusion.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information 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
SectorFinancial Services
IB TopicsGender
Growth Mosaic
Sub-Saharan Africa

Growth Mosaic is a social-purpose business, helping small and growing businesses to access and manage growth investments. It aims to reduce execution risks and improve the viability of clients as investible opportunities. It identifies high impact businesses, provides support to help them get investment ready, helps to link them with investors and facilitates the investments. It also provides post-investment services including impact measurement.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy
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, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Health, Education, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management, Financial Services
IB TopicsResults Measurement and Impact, Innovation
LenddoEFL
South Asia, East Asia and Pacific
Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia

LenddoEFL’s mission is to provide 1 billion people fast and convenient access to low cost, powerful financial products. They use AI, advanced analytics and behavioural data helping serve the underbanked people and small businesses in emerging markets.

LenddoEFL use new, alternative sources of data, such as psychometric assessments, mobile phone data, digital footprints and more. These can be used in place of traditional financial history to understand credit risk and identity verification.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy
Region/CountrySouth Asia, East Asia and Pacific
Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageGrowth Companies
SectorFinancial Services, ICT
IB TopicsInnovation
Proximity Designs
East Asia and Pacific
Myanmar

Proximity Designs is a social enterprise designing products and services for individuals and businesses in Myanmar. Proximity provides irrigation products, farm advisory services, financial services (focusing on smallholder farmers), solar lights and rural infrastructure.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Myanmar
Finance OfferingDebt finance
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Financial Services
IB TopicsRural development
Rising Tide Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria

The Rising Tide Program is a network of women business angel investors and mentors harnessing their expertise, network and capital to positively impact the success of early stage investments. Members of the network are committed to providing direct, hands-on advisory and mentoring role with start-ups whilst co-investing across borders to power entrepreneurial success stories across Africa. In addition to cultivating a network of investor-mentors, Rising Tide Africa hosts events to connect high-potential start-ups and entrepreneurs with its angel investors.

Type of OrganisationNetwork/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
SectorFinancial Services
TechnoServe
East Asia and Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa

TechnoServe is a non-profit organisation connecting emerging businesses and farms to capital, networks and suppliers focusing on the areas of gender, access to finance, entrepreneurship and coffee. The organisation does not provide direct funding, but aims to increase access to finance. TechnoServe provides capacity development to agribusinesses, shares information and advocates for policies that help markets function better.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy, NGO
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeLarge companies, Start-ups
SectorAgriculture or Food, Financial Services
IB TopicsGender, Results Measurement and Impact