LLR Partners Named One of Most Founder-Friendly Investors by Inc.

October 10, 2022

For the fourth year in a row, LLR Partners is delighted to share that our firm was named to Inc.’s Founder-Friendly Investors list, which recognizes private equity and venture capital firms that back founder-led businesses to provide the collaboration and financial support they need to help drive impactful growth.

To compile the list, Inc. went directly to entrepreneurs to ask about their experiences partnering with investors and collect data demonstrating how their companies have grown and developed during the investment period.

“Fully investing in an entrepreneur, and their innovative vision, involves far more than the financial investment. By developing relationships with and supporting entrepreneurs for the long-term, these private equity firms are more than investors, they’re partners,” said Scott Omelianuk, Editor-in-Chief of Inc. media.

Since LLR was founded 23 years ago, we have believed in earning the trust of entrepreneurs and helping to create value through partnership, with 70% of our platform deals being founder-led at the time of investment. LLR’s Investment, Value Creation and Market Development Teams work in collaboration with portfolio company management to deliver integrated resources and guidance that help companies achieve their growth objectives.

View the complete Inc. Founder-Friendly Investors list here.



Consideration for the Inc. 2022 Founder-Friendly Investors list required the submission of an online application which includes references from founders of one or more portfolio companies, and total application fees of less than $6,000. Private equity and venture capital firms that have exited U.S.-based, founder-led, portfolio companies are eligible to apply. Portfolio companies can be either public or private. Honorees were chosen by Inc. based on an internal application review process which is further highlighted on their website here: FAQs.

Hear from two LLR portfolio company founders on their advice for preserving culture and maintaining a growth mindset during a capital raise: