Five Elms Capital
Kansas City, MO
Overall Rank: 38
Category: Emerging Growth
Category Rank: 11
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Five Elms Capital is a globally recognized growth equity firm, exclusively investing in innovative B2B software companies. With a robust portfolio of over 35 active investments and assets under management exceeding $1.6B, the firm has demonstrated a consistent track record of strategic growth since its founding in 2007. Five Elms’ investment strategy, developed by its partnership and refined over the firm’s 16+ year history, targets control and control-oriented investments in companies where Five Elms can be a partner in growth to founders by employing its operational toolkit to accelerate top-line growth and further professionalize its businesses.
The team at Five Elms Capital brings a unique blend of operational expertise and an entrepreneurial spirit, underpinned by a belief in fostering long-term relationships and personalized investment strategies that drive meaningful results.
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Fred is the Founder and Managing Partner of Five Elms, as well as the Founder and Chairman of Spring Venture Group, a 1,000+ person digital insurance platform in the senior healthcare market. Before founding Five Elms & SVG in 2006, Fred spent several years at TH Lee Putnam Ventures, Morgan Stanley & Citibank Asset Management.
Thomas is a Partner at Five Elms and sits on the firm’s Investment Committee. In addition to being a lead deal partner, Thomas manages operations and investor relations for the firm. Thomas has spent his entire career investing in software businesses at Five Elms. He currently serves on the boards of Covideo, DarkOwl, Lumar, OpenReel, Rebrandly, and Sendlane.
Joe is a Partner at Five Elms and co-chairs the firm’s Investment Committee. Prior to Five Elms, Joe invested in public and private markets in the U.S. and Asia with Jayhawk Capital. Joe currently serves on the boards of Crelate, FMX, GoReact, IntelligenceBank, Karbon, Skedda, Userlane, and Vajro.
Ryan is a Partner at Five Elms and sits on the firm’s Investment Committee. Ryan has spent his entire career investing in software businesses at Five Elms. In addition to being a lead deal partner, Ryan oversees Five Elms’ Sourcing Team. He currently serves on the boards of Apptegy, AskNicely, ContractSafe, Field Agent, Playvox, SingleOps, Skedda, and Tagger.
Stephanie is a Partner at Five Elms and sits on the firm’s Investment Committee. Stephanie has been at Five Elms for over 8 years, and has been involved in over 20 deals during that time. Prior to joining Five Elms, Stephanie was an investment banker at Citigroup in their technology group and at Sterne Agee in their financial services group. She currently serves on the board of Ten Thousand Coffees, Claravine, Continu, Covideo, POWWR, Reachdesk, ShippyPro & Skynamo.
Since its inception in 2007, Five Elms Capital has shown an impressive trajectory of strategic growth and fund-raising capabilities. From its initial fund of $21M, to its most recent fund of $780M raised in 2021, Five Elms has remained committed to its strategy of investing in lower middle market, capital efficient B2B software companies outside of Silicon Valley. With total assets under management of over $1.6B, the firm’s success in fundraising is a testament to its strong industry relationships, its deep understanding of the B2B software market, and its consistent track record of partnering with high-growth companies.
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