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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A1 Spaces is a co-working hub in Lagos, Nigeria that aims to provide a creative and collaborative environment for entrepreneurs.

Type of OrganisationNetwork/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingPhysical co-working space
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
IB TopicsICT
Abuja Enterprise Agency
Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria

The Abuja Enterprise Agency focuses on the development of micro, small and medium enterprises in Nigeria by providing access to finance, business advisory services, development of entrepreneurship skills through training and mentoring, work-space as well as policy advocacy.

Type of OrganisationGovt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information sharing, resources and publications, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Physical co-working space, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageAny
IB TopicsICT
Aiivon Innovation Hub
Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria

Aiivon Innovation Hub is a social tech platform to develop tech ideas and digital business. The hub promotes effective collaborations, skill upgrades, hackathons, mentorship and offers a 5-month business acceleration programme for start-ups including business and technical education, coaching and mentoring services, assistance with business strategies, and access to financial investments.

Type of OrganisationNetwork/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Physical co-working space
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
IB TopicsInnovation
Ampion Fellowship
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Ampion Fellowship is an extensive 4-month incubation and skills training programme for high-potential entrepreneurs across all African regions. Individuals selected for the Fellowship receive subsidised work space, mentoring and access to investor networks, coupled with consulting and advisory services in order to further develop their start-up ideas.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingFellowship, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Physical co-working space, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
IB TopicsInnovation
BD Hub
Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria

BD Hub is a social enterprise providing strategic guidance, support and mentoring for Nigerian start-ups in five stages: forming, planning, norming, performing and scaling.

Type of OrganisationNetwork/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Physical co-working space
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
Box-Office Incubator
Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria

Box Office Incubator offers services and facilities including furnished offices and meeting spaces to Nigerian-based businesses. The services include an incubation programme and networking events.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingPartnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Physical co-working space, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeAny
Focus StageAny
Buffer Space
Sub-Saharan Africa

Buffrspace is a workspace sharing platform that provides a connection between individuals looking for affordable workspaces and individuals with surplus workspaces, across Africa.

Type of OrganisationNetwork/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingPhysical co-working space
Focus TypeNot specified
Focus StageNot specified
C4DLab
Sub-Saharan Africa
Kenya

Based at University of Nairobi, C4DLab is a research and development lab, which runs a start-up incubation hub for start-ups with a digital or computing element. Leveraging the University's community and network, C4DLab's incubation programme brings start-ups from idea stage to growth stage by providing necessary resources and services, including mentorship, desk space, internet, research, hardware materials and access to a network potential business partners or funders. In addition, C4DLab offers its start-ups access to a pool of high-quality, free talent from the student population at the University.

Type of OrganisationAcademia, Accelerator/Incubator
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Physical co-working space, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
IB TopicsInnovation, ICT
Capital Square
Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria, Ghana

Capital Square offers co-working spaces in Lagos, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana.

Type of OrganisationNetwork/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria, Ghana
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingPhysical co-working space
Focus TypeNot specified
Focus StageNot specified
Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship
South Asia
India

Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) provides entrepreneurs with various services including incubation, acceleration, mentorship as well as funding.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator
Region/CountrySouth Asia
India
Finance OfferingEquity, Grants and Awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Physical co-working space
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly