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

ABOUT THE DATABASE

Who is this database for?

This database targets 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 – so-called intermediaries – that provide technical and financial support to inclusive businesses – and it will keep growing as support organizations register themselves. 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 to identify partners that could provide crucial financial and technical support. Even though such support is available, 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 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 to specifically 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 Asia, select ‘Asia’ under the ‘Region/Country’ filter and click on the ‘Apply’ button. This will bring up all intermediaries that provide support in 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 highly 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. Hence we have limited control over links that may change over time. Please help us to keep the database up to date by writing an email to info@ib-an.net. The link will then be updated or removed.
 

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Intermediary Database

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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 OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund, Foundation
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt Financing, Grants and Awards, Guarantees
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Training, and other classroom based support (online/offline), Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Fellowship
Focus TypeNGOs / Non-profits, Start-ups/SMEs
Focus StageEarly
Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT)
Sub-Saharan Africa
Tanzania

The Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSDT) provides loans, guarantees and grants to financial service providers. FSDT seeks to facilitate financial services focussing on agricultural and rural finance, digital finance, small and medium-sized enterprise finance and insurance.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund, NGO, Govt/Donor/State-owned enterprises
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Tanzania
Finance OfferingDebt Financing, Grants and Awards, Guarantees
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking, Information sharing, resources and publications, Advocacy
Focus TypeNot specified
Focus StageNot specified
Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP)
Sub-Saharan Africa
South Africa

Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP) is a government agency providing financial and non-financial support to small, medium and micro enterprises and co-operatives. It's mandate is to focus on the region of Guateng. In case of financial support, it runs various programmes such as start-up finance, contract finance, franchise finance, and growth and expansion finance among others.

Type of OrganisationGovt/Donor/State-owned enterprises, Impact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
South Africa
Finance OfferingDebt Financing, Guarantees
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 TypeAny, Start-ups/SMEs
Focus StageAny
SectorAgriculture or Food, Health, Tourism, Housing or Construction, Retail, Manufacturing or Consumer Goods
IB TopicsInnovation
Media Development Investment Fund
Global

Media Development Investment Fund provides subsidised loans, equity investments, loan guarantees and technical assistance grants to independent media enterprises. It invests in independent media companies in a range of countries where access to free and independent media is under threat. Clients are selected based on three broad criteria: mission impact in relation to investment; potential for long-term viability; editorial integrity.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryGlobal
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt Financing, Grants and Awards, Guarantees
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageNot specified
Oikocredit International
Sub-Saharan Africa

Oikocredit invests in and provides technical assistance to microfinance institutions, social cooperatives, non-banking financial institutions and small and medium sized enterprises, especially in the agriculture and renewable energy sector. It's core investment criteria includes: - Projects and enterprises that create jobs and income for disadvantaged, financially-excluded people.- Projects where women are influential in management and/or implementation.- Projects that are responsible in terms of their environmental impact.- Projects that are financially sustainable, or can soon become so, and have suitable management in place.

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountrySub-Saharan Africa
Finance OfferingEquity, Debt Financing, Grants and Awards, Guarantees
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageNot specified
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy
Uberis Capital
East Asia and Pacific

Uberis Capital are impact investors, who offer equity and debt finance and advisory support with strategy, operations and financial planning to early-stage mission-driven ventures that serve poor communities in developing countries of Southeast Asia. For ventures that are too early to receive venture capital, Uberis aids them in formalising their business strategy and management to become "investment ready".

Type of OrganisationImpact investment fund/ impact investment fund manager/ impact focused venture capital fund
Region/CountryEast Asia and Pacific
Finance OfferingDebt Financing, Equity, Grants and Awards, Guarantees
Technical Support OfferingMentoring, Talent Placement, Network-based support, One-to-one advisory support, Consulting Services, Partnership brokering, investment facilitation, networking
Focus TypeStart-ups/SMEs
Focus StageAny
SectorAgriculture or Food, Energy, Water, Sanitation or Waste Management
IB TopicsRural development