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.
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.
We believe that to enhance frontier and emerging market environments, we must develop responsible enterprises that deliver value.
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.
Joseph is the lead advisor in the Capitol Food Ventures – Uganda 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.
A specialist in designing, brokering and implementing public private
partnerships, Todd leads TechnoServe’s efforts in Mozambique creating multi-stakeholder partnerships to address development challenges.
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