Investor & Technical Assistance Database

This database targets companies 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. To learn more about the database, click the info button on the right. 

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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. You can claim an entry for an organization by just clicking on the button below and filling out the questionnaire. 

We also encourage and welcome your feedback and suggestions of any other organisations that could be included. 

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Use the search filters below to narrow down your search for financial and/or technical support providers.

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). 

More organizations will be added over time and suggestions are welcome. Other database that we recommend include:

► GET.invest: focused on renewable energy in Africa
► Nexus for Development: focused on Southeast Asia
 The Mix: Database on microfinance services

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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1to4
Global

1to4 is a Swiss non-profit organisation that provides patient seed capital and support to early stage social businesses that provide access to products and services for low-income families in low-income countries.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund, NGO
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingEquity
Exact Amount
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Health, Education, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
IB TopicsGender, Environmental Impact
Accountability Lab
South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Nepal, Pakistan

Accountability Lab trains, mentors, and provides resources to local changemakers for strengthening systems of accountability and unleashing positive social and economic change. It runs the Accountability Incubator that provides mentorship and up to USD 10,000 in seed funding to local entrepreneurs.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, NGO
Region/CountrySouth Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Nepal, Pakistan
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Amount$0 - 20,000
Exact AmountUp to $10,000
Technical Support OfferingInformation sharing, resources and publications, Mentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
IB TopicsYouth
Akazi Kanoze Access
Sub-Saharan Africa
Rwanda

Akazi Kanoze Access supports Rwandan youth with employability skills, capital, and support. The organisation provides programmes structured in work readiness, advanced entrepreneurship, accelerated learning programmes, early childhood development caregivers, small business and cooperative management.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, NGO
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Rwanda
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline)
Focus TypeStart-ups
Focus StageEarly Stage
IB TopicsInnovation, Youth
Akirachix
Sub-Saharan Africa
Kenya

AkiraChix is a not for profit organisation that runs a one-year technical training programme, targeting young women from Nairobi, Kenya. Each year, AkiraChix selects 30 Kenyan women to take part in an intensive course on programming, design and entrepreneurship, delivered by a team of trainers from the technology industry. Throughout the programme, students receive mentorship from leading women in the tech industry, who guide them toward becoming leaders in business and in their communities.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, NGO
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Kenya
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 TypeNot specified
Focus StageEarly Stage
IB TopicsGender, Youth, Innovation
Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
Sub-Saharan Africa

The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is an independent organisation that develops and delivers uniquely African solutions to smallholder farmers. AGRA's collaborators include farmer organisations, community leaders, agricultural researchers, national and local governments, businesses, civil society groups, philanthropists, international organisations, and donor countries. AGRA is supported by private foundations, international development agencies, and African governments.

Type of OrganisationChallenge Fund/Programme/Facility, NGO
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
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
IB TopicsGender
Ashoka
Global

Ashoka is a network of social entrepreneurs with more than 3,000 fellows in 93 countries. Ashoka provides start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to its global network across business and social sectors.

Type of OrganisationNetwork/ Business association/ membership organisation/ knowledge platform, NGO
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingGrants and awards
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingInformation 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
IB TopicsYouth, Innovation
BizCorps
Latin America and the Caribbean
Colombia

BizCorps is a strategy advisory firm specializing in high-potential, growth-oriented businesses in Colombia. Services include business assessment, strategy development, strategy implementation and evaluation.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy, NGO
Region/CountryLatin America and the Caribbean
Colombia
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingOne-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services
Focus TypeStart-ups
SectorAgriculture or Food, Health, Housing or Construction
IB TopicsResults Measurement and Impact
Business for Development
Global

Business for Development is a NGO working with the private sector to develop inclusive business partnerships that connect smallholder farmers to commercial opportunities. Business for Development acts as an intermediary between farming communities and companies, designing mutually beneficial models of engagement that increase yields and livelihoods.

Type of OrganisationNGO
Region/CountryGlobal
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeNot specified
SectorAgriculture or Food
CEGESTI
Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa
Costa Rica, Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Bolivia, Colombia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Uruguay, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya

CEGESTI provides consulting services, research and knowledge transfer, capacity building, consulting and training in order to support sustainable development in Latin America.

Type of OrganisationConsultancy, NGO
Region/CountryLatin America and the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa
Costa Rica, Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Bolivia, Colombia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Uruguay, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya
Exact Amount
Technical Support OfferingAdvocacy, Information 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 TypeNot specified
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Education, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management, Housing or Construction, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
CEWAS
Global

CEWAS is a non-profit association specialised in improving business practices in water and sanitation through training and awareness-raising. Its "start-up" programme helps to launch new businesses and NGOs through thematic lectures, workshops and one-to-one coaching sessions.

Type of OrganisationAccelerator/Incubator, NGO
Region/CountryGlobal
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 TypeNGOs/Non-profits, Start-ups
SectorWater, Sanitation or Waste Management
IB TopicsRural development, Urban development