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Edison Partners Named an ‘Inc.’ Founder-Friendly Investor

Edison Partners has been named as a 2023 Founder-Friendly Investor by Inc. The award recognizes private equity, venture capital and debt firms with the strongest track records of successfully partnering with founders, who shared data on how their portfolio companies have grown during these partnerships.

Princeton-based Edison Partners invests in capital-efficient, growth-stage fintech, healthcare IT and enterprise software companies, backing more than 200 founders over the last 37 years – several more than once. The firm’s approach to investing and value creation is to meet founders and companies where they are, providing right-sized capital, and stage and sector specific operating expertise tailored to the needs of the team, business model, and strategy.

“From the outset of our relationship with and at every step along a company’s growth journey, we drive alignment through transparency – collective and respective goals, potential outcomes, and how to get there,” said Chris Sugden, managing partner. “It’s all about shared success and a ‘whatever it takes’ mindset that matches founders’ passion, intensity, and commitment.”

Edison Partners consistently ranks in the top-quartile of growth equity fund performance and has a Net Promoter Score of 72, which is best-in-class for the financial services sector. In addition to the Inc. Founder-Friendly designation, Edison was named a Best Growth Investment Firm for a second consecutive year by GrowthCap.

“Edison creates the environment for entrepreneurs and management to succeed,” said Al Subbloie, founder and chief executive officer of Budderfly with four Edison exits as CEO and board director. “Their partnership approach always felt genuine. As a founder, I felt like Edison truly believed that it could win only if my team and I were winning, too.”

Among growth equity firms, one of Edison’s differentiators is the Edison Edge, a personalized value creation platform, which supports its portfolio companies with a deep bench of experienced operators and experts, plans and programming. Its people-based strategy is designed to unlock growth at scale by bringing knowledge, tools and guidance around leadership, finance, governance, product, go-to-market and corporate development strategies.

“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.

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