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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@iBizAfrica Strathmore
Sub-Saharan Africa
Kenya

@iBizAfrica is a business incubator operating within @iLabAfrica, a Centre of Excellence in ICT innovation and Development at Kenya's Strathmore University. @iBizAfrica provides early stage digital startups with one-on-one mentoring, seed capital, legal advice, financial expertise, relevant training and physical resources. Tech entrepreneurs and startups at @iBizAfrica receive work space, linkages to similar international programmes, access to networking events and opportunities to pitch to investors, including venture capitalists, angel investors, private equity groups and banks.

Type of OrganisationAcademia, Accelerator/Incubator
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya
Finance OfferingNot Specified
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, 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 TypeNGOs / Non-profits, Start-ups/SMEs
Focus StageAny
IB TopicsYouth, ICT
Aalto Global Impact
Global

Aalto Global Impact (AGI) promotes and facilitates Aalto University, Finland´s research and educational programmes for societal impact globally. It provides education, and research in the field of social impact. It also runs Impact Iglu which is an accelerator for sustainable and inclusive business.

Type of OrganisationAcademia, Accelerator/Incubator
Region/CountryGlobal
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
IB TopicsICT, Environmental Impact
African Startup Institute
Sub-Saharan Africa
Ghana, Benin, Kenya, Ethiopia

African Startup Institute (ASI) is an academy that provides personalised training to African entrepreneurs at its campus in Lagos, Nigeria. It's experienced faculty delivers a curriculum that covers business model development, technology, scale and capital. The programme also offers investor meetings and peer to peer linkages to participants.

Type of OrganisationAcademia
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ghana, Benin, Kenya, Ethiopia
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeAny
Focus StageAny
Amani Institute
Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa
Brazil, Kenya

Amani Institute offers higher education in social innovation in order to develop professionals who create social impact in their future careers.

Type of OrganisationAcademia
Region/CountryLatin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa
Brazil, Kenya
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeAny
Focus StageAny
IB TopicsInnovation
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
Chandaria Business Innovation and Incubation Center
Sub-Saharan Africa
Kenya

Chandaria Business Innovation and Incubator Center (Chandaria-BIIC), based at Kenyatta University, focuses on nurturing student ideas and converting them into commerically viable businesses to be incubated. For a period of 12 months, entrepreneurs at Chandria-BIIC are provided with services, such as business development services, seed capital, work space, telephone services, high speed internet, stationery, administrative support, professional guidance and mentorship.

Type of OrganisationAcademia, Accelerator/Incubator
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya
Finance OfferingGrants and Awards
Exact Amount
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, Physical co-working space, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
eMobilis Mobile Technology Institute
Sub-Saharan Africa
Kenya

eMobilis Mobile Technology Institute is a training institution that focusses on training individuals on Mobile Software Development and Network Infrastructure Management.

Type of OrganisationAcademia
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingTraining, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
IB TopicsICT, Youth
GIMPA Centre for Impact Investing
Sub-Saharan Africa
Ghana

The GIMPA Centre fro impact is a non-profit organisation that seeks to provide advocacy, research and support services in the area of impact investing in Ghana. Alongside its research and advocacy work, the Centre provides assistance to businesses seeking impact capital, provides educational programmes on impact investment and develops frameworks for impact measurement.

Type of OrganisationAcademia, NGO
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Ghana
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information sharing, resources and publications, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeNot specified
Focus StageNot specified
Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Development (IMED)
Sub-Saharan Africa
Tanzania

The Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Development (IMED) offers a wide range of trainings and consultancy services including project formulation, monitoring and evaluation, business and strategic planning, feasibility studies, micro-finance, project monitoring and evaluation, marketing skills, and entrepreneurial management.

Type of OrganisationAcademia
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Tanzania
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeAny
Focus StageAny
SectorEducation
Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture (KITA)
Sub-Saharan Africa

KITA is a non-profit premier tropical agricultural college in Ghana, that works with local and global institutions to help improve the lives of people at the Base of the Pyramid.This is done through training, seminars and workshops, technology transfer, on-farm research, environmental conservation, and volunteer exchange.

Type of OrganisationAcademia
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly, Growth
SectorAgriculture or Food, Health, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management
IB TopicsYouth, Environmental Impact, Rural development