The vital entrepreneur: high impact at its best
Streamlining for growth
Private equity is alive and well, and it continues to be a relevant ownership model for many of our finalists (19%). That’s because PE funding encourages outperformance by driving efficiency and strategic improvements, even in the harshest economic climate.
When entrepreneurs seek private equity, they’re not just looking for capital — they’re looking for a strong partner to help them manage the company and drive exponential growth, often culminating in an immensely profitable sale.
Entrepreneurs reap rich rewards from their PE relationships. PE firms specialize in partnering with companies to help them grow through:
- Strategic alignment focused on revenue growth, both organically and through acquisitions
- Geographic expansion
- Access to broader networks
- Operational improvements
- Efficiencies and standardization
This focus on alignment and efficiencies drives PE-backed companies’ competitive advantage. PE helps entrepreneurs establish stronger companies with more aggressive growth strategies, access to a wider range of capital, a greater geographic footprint and stronger opportunities for organic growth.
Our PE-backed finalists are spread throughout the retail and consumer products, technology, financial services and health care sectors. At a median of 12 years, they’re middle of the pack in terms of age and, as one would expect, much larger than their VC-funded counterparts.
In fact, their median revenue is more than 50% higher than all of our finalists, and they have the largest median headcount, too.