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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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
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
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
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
Focus StageEarly Stage
IB TopicsInnovation
Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI)
Sub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria

The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) seeks to develop a select group of young Nigerians by connecting them with mentorship, networking, training and funding opportunities over the course of a fellowship year.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Nigeria
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingFellowship
Focus TypeNGOs/Non-profits
Focus StageEarly Stage
IB TopicsYouth
Cordes Foundation
Global

The Cordes Foundation is a family foundation focused on social entrepreneurship, impact investing and creating economic opportunities for women. In addition to financing, the foundation also provides technical support such as connecting social entrepreneurs to potential investors and other support actors; and organises events on social entrepreneurship and impact investing. It also runs a fellowship programme targeted at emerging social entrepreneurs.

Type of OrganisationFoundation, Impact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Equity, Grants and awards, Guarantees
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingFellowship, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeNGOs/Non-profits, Start-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
IB TopicsGender
Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship
South Asia
India

The Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship provides grants to social enterprises in health, education and agriculture, employs educational programmes to prepare youth to lead social enterprises and offers a fellowship programme.

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 TypeNot specified
Focus StageEarly Stage
SectorAgriculture or Food, Health, Education
Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT)
Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa
Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Lebanon, Kenya, Jordan, Ethiopia

The Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) is a non-profit corporation supporting youth and cooperating with the private sector, governments, and community-based organisations. DOT provides entrepreneurs aged 18 to 29 with tools, knowledge, networks, seed funding and support to launch sustainable social initiatives.

Type of OrganisationNetwork/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform, NGO
Region/CountryLatin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa
Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Lebanon, Kenya, Jordan, Ethiopia
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingFellowship, 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
Focus StageEarly Stage
IB TopicsInnovation, Youth, Gender
Echoing Green
Global

Echoing Green provides seed funding to for-profit social enterprises, and fellowships to early-stage non-profit and for-profit organisations, and provides technical assistance along its investments. In addition, the organisation offers a leadership training programme to prepare business leaders for high-impact non-profit board service.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, Impact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund, NGO
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingDebt finance, Grants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Fellowship, Information sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
Engineers Without Borders Canada
Sub-Saharan Africa

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) invests in early stage, innovative, highly scalable social enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa that are focused on solving issues faced by the underserved. The EWB ventures program makes customised, long-term investments of up to USD 100,000 in first-of-kind scalable social enterprises

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund, NGO
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingEquity, Grants and awards
Amount$50,000 -150,000
Exact Amountup to $100,000
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Fellowship, Information sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
IB TopicsEnvironmental Impact, Youth, Gender