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Making The Switch From VC to Search Funds

Making The Switch From VC to Search Funds

Relay-backed searchers Malcolm and Simone Collins of Family Collins Ventures have taken on the hyper-competitive Travel & Leisure global market with their purchase of Travelmax.

Search Funds: Super-Charged Career Builders

Search Funds: Super-Charged Career Builders

For the ones with talent, discipline, and drive, Search Funds put entrepreneurs at the helm of a small but profitable vessel, and open up the entire open skies of commerce for exploration.

Building Truly Proprietary Deal-Sourcing

Building Truly Proprietary Deal-Sourcing

Search Funds have returned 34-37% IRR over the last 30 years for several reasons. One of the most overlooked reason why is the superior deal-sourcing Searchers deploy.

Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA)

Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (ETA)

The ETA sector (i.e., Search Funds) will continue to grow as long as it continues to deliver the outsized returns that have made it one of the most attractive investment areas in recent times.

2016 SF Study: Selected Observations

2016 SF Study: Selected Observations

2015 (latest year data is available) was a record year in terms of numbers of SFs raised & companies acquired. Likely the next several years will continue to see an increase in activity.

JetBlue Chairman Talks Search Funds

JetBlue Chairman Talks Search Funds

VIA TECHCRUNCH DISRUPT– JetBlue Chairman is a proponent of the SF model for startups & entrepreneurs, and as a vehicle for groups of investors to financially back young entrepreneurs.

Exit Strategy for European Aging Business Owners

Exit Strategy for European Aging Business Owners

VIA FORTUNE.COM– Search Funds are finding fertile ground in Europe, with its aging generation of baby boomer business owners, family successor shortages, and aversion to traditional PE buyers.

21st Annual HBS VC and PE Conference

21st Annual HBS VC and PE Conference

VIA BUSINESSWIRE– Since 2015 HBS MBA VC & PE Conferences are including Search Funds in their panel discussions, a reflection of the asset class’ developing trend as an alternative investment.

Search Funds: What Have Made Them Work?

Search Funds: What Have Made Them Work?

Search funds are a great asset class. They capitalize on a micro-buyout approach offering investors & entrepreneurs superior risk-and-returns profiles than the PE and VC market.

Note On The Search Fund Model

Note On The Search Fund Model

The Search Fund model is becoming established. PE firms have begun investing in search funds…providing greater support for & credibility to the Search Fund market.