Capitol Food Ventures is a boutique global business advisory and investment firm based in Washington, DC. 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 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; as well Southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia) is of interest. 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. Our Mission Our goal is to deliver the highest quality professional services to drive growth of SME firms in the East Africa region. What's With The Name? The word ‘capitol’ officially stems from the buildings in the citadel in Rome called Capitoline Hill. The way we use it today has its roots in an ancient Roman culture that speaks to a unified republic, represented by physical structures. It is primarily a place where leaders meet to discuss the important happenings in society, while it is also a group of structures — the infrastructure — that is necessary to deliberate, discuss, and dialog. Our use of the term plays off a mixture of the two definitions. We like to consider our ventures as those which invoke a sense of discernment and interconnection among our regional cultures. We interpret ‘capitol’ to mean ‘the place where leaders of communities gather to discuss the important business related issues of our time’ and we at Capitol Food Ventures support and provide the infrastructure to facilitate and allow these leaders to creatively, constructively, and authentically dialog and then build responsible enterprise. The word ‘capitol’ is in our view any urban center or city.