Business Development Support program for Kenyan SMEs

Open Capital Advisors has partnered with Oxfam to provide business development support to Kenyan SMEs. Our goal is to provide tailored technical assistance that will increase the number of successful investments in high potential scalable businesses and improve financial results, job creation, and livelihoods. We will offer expert support on a risk-sharing basis to prepare eligible businesses for growth, investment, and engagement with investors from our network of 200+ investors in East Africa.

We are seeking businesses that meet the following key criteria:

  • Location: Businesses located anywhere in Kenya
  • Sectors: Any sector, excluding primary public health care, education, extractives, legal-stimulants, and ammunition
  • Minimum three years existence
  • Registered as a for-profit organization with revenues of USD 100k- 1.2M
  • The entrepreneur is socially committed and the activities of the business:
    • Have substantial opportunity to scale
    • Generate income and/or employment for the Bottom of the Pyramid, and/or
    • Are at the benefit of women, youth, people with disabilities, and/or farmers, and/or
    • Strengthen the market position of suppliers
  • Could benefit from business support to prepare, plan for growth and secure investment. Support may include:
    • Refining and developing business strategies to support resilience both during and after the pandemic
    • Reviewing and prioritizing alternative strategies for growth
    • Developing robust operations to manage the business at scale
    • Developing investor materials such as business plans and financial models
    • Developing effective talent strategies to recruit, motivate, train, develop and retain staff

If you are interested in being part of the program, please submit your application here. Please note that applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Should you have any challenges accessing the application form, please reach out to us at

About Open Capital Advisors

Open Capital Advisors was founded in 2010 to support high-potential businesses, investors, and scalable approaches to economic growth and poverty reduction across Africa. To date, we have completed over 1,000 engagements in over 25 countries in Sub Saharan Africa and helped raise over USD 1B in capital.

Our team of over 150, based in Nairobi, Kampala, Lagos, Lusaka, Accra, and Abidjan bring experience from top global firms including the Boston Consulting Group, Credit Suisse, and IFC, as well as local firms including major Kenyan banks, accounting firms, and successful SMEs.