Our goal is to deliver the highest quality professional services to drive growth of SME firms in the East Africa region.
We believe that to improve the lives of Africans, we must develop responsible enterprises that deliver enhanced value to all those in the value stream.
And we believe that moving forward in today's world requires us to reconstitute our actions in business. To do this, we have to start at a place that values: each other, the societal structures we live within, the earth, money as but one tool for good, the whole in tandem with the individual, moving from sacrifice to true agency.
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Uganda's #1 export, ...and quality is improving.
20% of all export earnings come from Coffee.
Or about $411M in value from 207,000 MT produced.
Arabica production and value has increased significantly in Uganda.
Arabica accounts for 30% of all value yet only 21% of production.
Cupping scores above 80 are common for Arabica (SCAA).
Check out @AFCA_Coffee.
Uganda cocoa is recognized for its quality. Take a look.
Tea is Uganda's 5th largest export earner.
We are a strategic business and investment advisory firm focused on improving the capacity of SME's to grow.
Capitol Food Ventures is a private sector strategic business advisory and investment firm focused on supporting SME’s within various sectors in East Africa. Our focus in service delivery is to evaluate the firm or investment fund using business tools and financial metrics that are relevant to our client’s needs. With our expertise and networks in the region, we help shape enterprises to be more efficient, absorb capital, and to drive growth. We also work together with various NGO’s in the public sector who drive value to their portfolios via enterprise related entrepreneurship programs. Another area of service provision is centered on our partnerships – investment funds and service providers – where we have formal arrangements to deliver value.
We believe that in order to deliver services in East Africa, a more intimate understanding of the market is needed. We understand this and aim to drive value and impact using what we refer to as “Relationship Advisory”: a longer term view of service delivery to our clients. This view helps us market our value to new clients – something we are proud to note has been word of mouth since our inception.
We have a resourceful multi-faceted team of local and international advisors with expertise in business operations and corporate governance, marketing products, local/regional markets, and financial systems (including reporting, tax, and audit). Our work has taken place primarily in Washington, DC in the US and throughout the East Africa region, including Uganda, Tanzania, S.Sudan, and the DRC. Other East African markets we are looking into include Ethiopia, Rwanda, and Kenya.
What sets us apart is the way we engage with our clients. We look at this as more than just a transaction.
We become a part of your team. We become family.
Services - Investor
Strategic Investment Advisory
Strategic Investment Advisory
Market Research & Competition Analysis
Client Mapping, Sourcing, Screening
Structured Due Diligence
Pricing Firms via Valuations
Financial Analysis, Modeling, Forecasting, Sensitivity Analysis
Portfolio Asset Management
Services - Firm
Strategic Business Advisory
Who is your Market?
Founder & CEO - Global
John started his career in non-profit finance management for large affordable housing projects and international media organizations. Thereafter he raised $.5M in capital and then started his own NGO, The Joshua Farm, building rural resource centers and cooperatives to support small holders in Uganda, East Africa. While an analyst at OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corporation) he conducted due diligence for $100M Ag trade facilities. He also consulted for USAID’s Development Credit Authority while obtaining his joint MBA/MA in International Finance and Economics. He continues to build out other for profit social/impact enterprises via his strategic business advisory firm in the US and East Africa.
Jimmy is a Senior Advisor supporting the company’s overall growth, corporate governance, and financial management. He is a Journalist by trade having studied at Cardiff University in Wales, UK. Thereafter, he started The Monitor Publications with 5 friends and then became the business director in charge of the financial, commercial and production aspects of the publication. Ten years later (2002), he spearheaded the divestiture in the company to bring in a strategic investor, the Nation Media Group. Jimmy continues serving as a Board member at Monitor, he Co-founded the CEO Summit Uganda, and he is the founder of The league of East African Directors (LEAD). He has co–authored several books on entrepreneurship and also mentored the youth. He is also an executive coach. Jimmy is a Rotarian and Past President of the Rotary Club of Kampala.
Joseph is the lead advisor in the Capitol Food Ventures office. He has been a close confidant and friend for almost ten years. His role will be to oversee Uganda operations including financial advisory with clients. In the past, he has delivered capacity building to staff in the areas of financial management and accountability. Joseph is a qualified Certified Public Accountant of Uganda (CPA-U) and he holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from Makerere University in Uganda.
Operations / Procurement
Lucy is our Operations and Procurement Specialist. She helps us coordinate administratively and follow best practices for working together with other firms and vendors. Lucy is a telecommunications industry professional, starting her career in business administration and earning international diploma’s from the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supplies (CIPS) and the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT), in the UK. She holds a BA in Business Administration from Makerere University in Uganda and she is a chartered member of purchasing and supplies (MCIPS) and holds an International Diploma as a member in Logistics and Transport (MCILT).