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Business Advisory and Financial Services- Bullets for the Week of May 9.

The USAID-funded Feed the Future Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets (FtF IAM) Activity recently concluded a joint monitoring exercise with BiD Capital Partners (BCP), a partner business advisory firm, to assess the tangible and intangible benefits observed by agribusinesses receiving transaction advisory services. The five agribusiness beneficiaries visited are mainly agro-processors with demonstrated linkages to farmers in the FtF IAM zone of influence. The firms appreciated how BCP’s services helped them prepare company documentation, develop market and local context analyses, and supported investor matching (many of them met at least 3 investors each). In addition, they discussed the ongoing handholding that BCP provides to help them adopt improved business management practices mainly on governance and finance. It was noted that the progress in raising capital is taking time and those that had made significant progress had built trust in their relationship with BCP  and are dedicating time to the process. To date, BCP has completed due diligence for a total of 32 companies; 21 of these have moved to investment readiness and there are three companies at advanced deal-making with draft term sheets.

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