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Our Investment Philosophy
We are convinced that there is a better way.
We exist to create value, impact communities and drive economic development through responsible Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) search, acquisition and growth.
We are borderless and the world is our oyster. We see opportunity among the underestimated and talk to those who hear the true and authentic call of responsible and innovative leadership.
Our advantage comes from our passion for SMEs, passion for technology, passion for global mentality and from decades of leadership selection and development for entrepreneurial ecosystems across the world.
We are inspired by ambitious entrepreneurs who are prepared to innovate in a more responsible way for the whole planet and for society; tech-savvy people with the vision to lead digital transformation; global citizens who bring best-in-world thinking to local contexts.
We think and partner on a long-term basis with Search Fund entrepreneurs who crave to create wealth in a way that earns respect and a reputation for honesty and integrity.
We champion diversity. We lift up, counsel and connect. We are obsessed with leadership development and seek to live out our values in all we do: integrity, transparency, respect, open-mindedness, continuous learning and having fun.
What is a Search Fund?
A Search Fund is an investment vehicle formed by one or two potential entrepreneurs with the backing of investors like us. We support the search, the acquisition and the growth of an SME. The whole process is led by these entrepreneurs identified as Searchers before the acquisition and CEOs after:
After acquisition, the challenge becomes to grow a sustainable and innovative business built upon the acquired company's legacy (onkochishin*) as a solid base for growth. In our view, Search Funds are about leading, inspiring and empowering people, creating value for shareholders, local communities and society.
*Onkochishin (温故知新) is a Japanese expression meaning "understand the past to see a future based on it". The expression, commonly used in Private Equity, explains how value can be created after the acquisition of a company with high potential to grow.
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