At Open Search Fund, our strategy is woven from the threads of innovation, expertise, and a profound understanding of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. We are dedicated to pioneering the future of how investments in search funds are made, managed, and scaled to success. Here’s an insight into our strategic roadmap:
Our investment strategy revolves around identifying promising Search Funds that encompass a broad spectrum of industries and regions. Here’s a detailed look at our strategic approach:
– Size Focus: We target Search Funds for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with significant growth potential, typically focusing on companies with revenues ranging from €2 million to €30 million.
–Geographic Reach: While our core interest lies in supporting European-based Search Funds, we are committed to expanding our footprint on a global scale, seizing opportunities in both emerging and established markets worldwide.
– Searcher Profile: We prioritize backing highly motivated and skilled searchers, particularly those:
i) With a robust track record in leadership, entrepreneurship, management or specific industry expertise;
ii) Demonstrating a clear strategic vision and operational acumen.
– Sector Agnostic: Our investment philosophy is sector-agnostic, allowing us to explore a vast array of industries—ranging from technology and healthcare to manufacturing and consumer goods—thus ensuring a diversified portfolio.
– Value-Add Potential: We look for Search Funds and target companies where we can significantly contribute to value creation through strategic guidance, operational improvements, and leveraging our expansive network.
– Sustainability and Ethics: A fundamental part of our strategy is supporting businesses with sustainable practices and ethical business models, aiming to make a positive impact on society and economy.
– Exit Strategy: While our focus is on medium-long term value growth, we consider the feasibility and clarity of potential exit strategies for each investment, ensuring alignment with both searcher and investor expectations.
– Innovation and Adaptability: Special emphasis is placed on companies and Search Funds that are at the forefront of innovation within their sectors and demonstrate adaptability to market changes and technological advancements.
– Cultural Alignment: Ensuring a strong cultural fit between the searcher, the target company, and Open Search Fund is crucial for a successful partnership and long-term collaboration.
We rigorously select high-potential search funds that exhibit the promise of transforming small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) into market leaders. Our criteria hinge on the entrepreneurial spirit, sector potential, and the ability to drive significant value through strategic enhancements and growth.
Our commitment extends beyond just financial investment. We embed ourselves as strategic partners to search fund entrepreneurs, offering a wealth of resources, mentorship, and access to an extensive network of industry experts. This multifaceted support system is designed to guide search funds through the intricacies of acquisition, operation, and eventual exit.
We believe in the power of collaboration. Part of our strategy involves fostering synergies between our portfolio companies, enabling them to leverage mutual strengths, share insights, and pursue joint ventures that accelerate growth and innovation.
Our investment philosophy champions long-term value creation over short-sighted gains. We practice patient capital investment, aligning with search funds and their target companies for the duration necessary to achieve transformative results and substantial returns.
The search fund landscape is ever-evolving, and so is our strategy. We remain at the forefront of industry trends, regulatory changes, and innovation, adjusting our approach as necessary to capitalize on new opportunities and navigate challenges effectively.