FTV Capital named to Inc.’s Founder-Friendly Investors List

BusinessWireOctober 31, 20237 min

FTV Capital, a leading sector-focused growth equity investment firm, announced its inclusion for the third consecutive year on Inc.’s annual Founder-Friendly Investors list, which honors the private equity and venture capital firms with the best track records of success backing entrepreneurs. The final list recognizes 218 firms that are actively engaged with their portfolio companies and have earned the trust of the entrepreneurs they support to help drive growth.

“Now more than ever, founder-led companies need financing partners that offer guidance, expertise, and understanding—not just capital. These are the private equity, venture capital, and debt firms that have founders’ backs when it comes to accelerating growth,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. Business Media.

This announcement comes during a significant year for FTV as the firm commemorates 25 years of growth equity leadership. Since its founding in 1998, FTV has generated over $6.5 billion in realizations and deployed $5 billion into nearly 140 portfolio companies, while cultivating a highly focused portfolio and taking a customized and collaborative approach to helping founders achieve great outcomes. In May, FTV secured a minority investment from Blackstone GP Stakes, validating the firm’s strong track record and distinctive growth equity model. FTV also recently announced two investments in the financial services sector, Masttro and Neptune Flood.

“For the last 25 years, our success has been predicated on relationships that are rooted in trust, transparency and collaboration,” said Brad Bernstein, managing partner at FTV Capital. “We work extremely hard to foster long-term partnerships with founders, always taking time to understand their unique business opportunity, align on strategic objectives and provide consistent and constructive support at each step on their growth journey. By leveraging our deep sector expertise, distinctive Global Partner Network and proven value creation platform we’re able to provide differentiated perspectives and extensive resources to maximize success.”

“As a founder CEO who had not previously raised capital, FTV set the bar high for being an additive partner to A-LIGN,” said Scott Price, founder and CEO of A-LIGN. “FTV truly does care about its portfolio companies and their leaders. They are not singularly interested in financial returns, but also focused on how their impact results in the people and the company being well positioned for continued growth post FTV’s investment.”

“FTV has repeatedly proven to be an outstanding partner in helping management teams accelerate growth and prosper long term,” remarked Andy Roberts, former CEO of two exited FTV portfolio companies, FleetOne and Vpay. “The team’s unique industry insights, company-building experience and impressive Global Partner Network helped us navigate our market and access important commercial contacts. Moreover, they consistently show up – FTV’s custom approach to offering practical guidance and constructive support has been instrumental to me personally and helped contribute to great outcomes for FleetOne and Vpay.”

FTV’s differentiated model generates value for portfolio companies beyond its investment mandate. The firm’s Global Partner Network, which comprises over 500 executives from more than 150 of the world’s leading financial services institutions and Fortune 500 enterprises, provides critical market intelligence and commercial opportunities to FTV portfolio companies. Furthermore, FTV Propel®, the firm’s dedicated team of operational specialists spanning talent, business development, sales, go-to-market, marketing, finance and technology, focuses solely on delivering strategic value and operational guidance to FTV portfolio companies to catalyze their growth.

To compile the list, Inc. went straight to the source: entrepreneurs who have sold to private equity and venture capital firms. Founders filled out a questionnaire about their experiences partnering with private equity, venture capital, and debt firms and shared data on how their portfolio companies have grown during these partnerships.

Introduced in 2019, the Founder-Friendly Investors list quickly established itself as one of Inc.’s most resourceful franchises. It has become a go-to guide for entrepreneurs who want to grow their companies while retaining an ownership stake.

To see the complete list, go to: https://www.inc.com/founder-friendly-investors/2023

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