Relationship Advisory



    We improve the technical capacity of SME firms to remain competitive, improve operations, source financing, and be sustainable by engaging in longer term relationships.  

  • Our Mission

    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.


  • Values


    Shared Collaboration

    Innovation Thru Experience






  • Kampala

    The Capital of Uganda.

    All things lead to Kampala.

    At the heart of enterprise, trading, and manufacturing.

    Of the 37M people living throughout Uganda

    An estimated 1.5M people live within Kampala and an est. 5.5M metropolitan wide.

    One third of the voting population lives in Kampala.


    A majority of the 450k formal SME's are located here.

    An estimated 900k informal SME's are out there.


    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.


    Cotton is still a significant export for Uganda.


    Uganda cocoa is recognized for its quality.  Take a look.


    Tea is Uganda's 5th largest export earner.


    Fish reflect 4.3% of total export earnings in Uganda - 3rd on the list of highest exports.

  • About Us

    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

    Portfolio Approach

    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 

    Fund Raising

    • Link to Capital Providers
    • Structure Deals
    • Legal Advisory

    Financial Management

    • Internal Financial Accounts
    • Financial Systems Administration
    • Tax Filings
    • Audit

    Strategic Operations

    • Business Model Design
    • Internal Management & Systems
    • Value Stream Overview (Supply Chains)

    Human Capital

    • Culturally Sensitive Strategy
    • Policy Aligned with Local Laws
    • Systems & Contracts, Jurisdictional

    Market Intelligence

    • Customer, Product, Industry Outlook
    • Competitive Local Landscape
    • Local Trends & Pricing

    Business Strategy

    • Business Mentoring, Coaching
    • Strategic Development
    • Corporate Governance
  • Who is your Market?

  • Advisory Team

    John Brittell

    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. 



    Follow @johnbrittell

    Jimmy Serugo

    Senior Advisor


    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 Akuza


    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.



    Lucy Adeke

    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).


  • Careers

    We are hiring one full-time position in Kampala, Uganda.


    Finance/HR/Operations staff.  


    For more details please contact us by submitting a brief cover letter, a resume/CV, and a professional writing sample.  We will not accept applications that do not meet these basic criteria.  Electronic submissions only.


    We are also opening up Internship Opportunities for graduate level business students.  See here for the Junior Associate role.  


    Thank you.

  • Get in Touch

    We want to help your business move the conversation forward

    -- together.  

    info @ capitolfoodventures.com