Kayne Partners Named to Inc.’s 2021 List of Founder-Friendly Investors

Kayne Partners, the growth equity strategy of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P. (“Kayne” or the “Firm”), a leading alternative asset management firm with over $30 billion under management, announced that it has been named to Inc’s third annual Founder-Friendly Investors list. The list honors the private equity and venture capital firms with the best track record of success backing entrepreneurs. The final list recognizes 146 firms that entrepreneurs can trust and collaborate with while receiving the financial support they need to help accelerate growth. All 146 have a successful track record of remaining actively involved in the businesses after their investment.

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“Supporting an entrepreneur’s vision and driving growth is more than just a financial investment. It’s about building a relationship and supporting the founders beyond that initial year. These private equity firms treat the founders like partners”

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“Supporting an entrepreneur’s vision and driving growth is more than just a financial investment. It’s about building a relationship and supporting the founders beyond that initial year. These private equity firms treat the founders like partners,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. media.

Since 2002, Kayne Partners’ strategy has been to partner with high-growth software companies at a critical inflection point and support them with capital and stage-specific expertise to drive growth and unlock value. During this time, Kayne Partners has maintained a disciplined focus on partnering with management and founder-owned technology businesses in the lower middle market.

“At Kayne Partners, we value innovative founders and management teams who have built scalable businesses with clear competitive advantages that drive adoption,” said Nishita Cummings, Co-Head of Growth Equity at Kayne Partners. “It is important to us to have the trust of the teams we partner with as it leads to the foundation of a solid partnership and eventually successful outcomes. We appreciate the continued trust each of our teams has placed in us and are honored to be recognized by Inc. for the value we bring to each of these partnerships.”

Kayne Partners has worked with over 40 founder-led enterprise software and technology-enabled companies located throughout North America within six primary high-growth industries and various sub-sectors across media & telecommunications, supply chain & logistics, financial technology, healthcare IT, security & compliance, and business process outsourcing & automation.

“At each stage of growth, entrepreneurs are forced to navigate new and sometimes unfamiliar challenges. At Kayne Partners, we invest significant time and resources to get to know our management teams and understand each of our companies’ underlying markets so we can add tangible value through strategic growth support, our big firm resources, and by leveraging successful past experiences,” added Nathan Locke, Co-Head of Growth Equity at Kayne Partners.

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To further help its companies accelerate growth and scale, Kayne Partners has established a network of strategic operators with tailored backgrounds to fit Kayne Partners’ investment criteria. These individuals complement the existing founders and management teams by bringing functional expertise and deep network resources in areas such as executive recruiting and organizational design, business development, sales & marketing, product development, finance & accounting, M&A and corporate development. To compile the list, Inc. went straight to the source: entrepreneurs who have sold to private equity. Founders filled out a questionnaire about their experiences partnering with private equity firms and shared data on how their portfolio companies have grown during these partnerships.