LLR Recognized as a Founder-Friendly Investor by Inc. Magazine for Fifth Consecutive Year

October 31, 2023

Inc.’s fifth annual roundup highlights the private equity, venture capital and debt firms that have earned the trust of the entrepreneurs they invest in and support to help drive growth

For the fifth consecutive year, LLR is honored to share that we have been named to Inc.’s Founder-Friendly Investors list. The recognition highlights LLR as a partner committed to backing entrepreneurs and supporting founder-led businesses by providing them with capital and value creation resources to help drive growth.

LLR believes companies choose growth partners not only for the value of their capital, but for the value they can create together. In the last two years, our cross-functional Value Creation Team has grown 60% to 28 LLR teammates. Alongside our investment team, they are dedicated to helping founders mature and scale with a shared vision of success and respect for founder-led cultures built from the ground up.

Some of the LLR portfolio company founders shared advice for preserving culture during a capital raise and why they pursued an acquisition:

“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.

To compile the list, Inc. went to entrepreneurs who have sold to private equity and venture capital firms, asked for founders’ experiences partnering with their firms, and collected data on how their portfolio companies have grown during these partnerships.

To see the complete list, visit: https://www.inc.com/founder-friendly-investors/2023

Consideration for the Inc. 2023 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.