About us

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GT Entrepreneurs office space ceiling

5

Acquisitions

2M+

Invested capital

20+

Partners

100+

Years of experience

Our mission

GT Entrepreneurs co-founder Phil

GT Entrepreneurs (GTE) aims to be more than just a capital resource for our search partners and operators. We strive to maximize your likelihood of success by providing sound guidance that's leveraged upon 100+ years of executive-level and management experience collectively across our entire management team and investors. Like any true partnership, we realize our success is rooted in your success and we will do everything in our power to guide you towards a positive outcome.

GT Entrepreneurs co-founder Gabriel Chick

The story behind our firm

2013

After spending decades of running and growing his family's business New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company (NESL) to a billion-dollar enterprise, Jamie Van Buren steps down as COO to pursue a new challenge:  Entrepreneurship through Acquisition (EtA). Jamie's decision to leave NESL eventually led to the family's successful exit in 2021.

2014

Jamie Van Buren finds, acquires, and begins dramatically turning around PennStress, a precast and prestress concrete company.

2015

Jamie's son, Brenden, starts working for PennStress and subsequently attends Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper Business School's full-time MBA program to grow as a business leader. It is here that Brenden begins learning and exploring search funds as a viable method for acquiring small privately held businesses via both strong mentorship and financing. This ultimately leads the Van Burens further down the path of EtA.

2017

With a passion for EtA, Jamie, Brenden, and Brenden's classmate Gabriel Chick officially form Generational Transfer Entrepreneurs (GTE), a search fund accelerator providing a platform encompassing mentorship, funding, as well as systems and processes to help aspiring CEOs achieve entrepreneurship-through-acquisition.

2022

After having acquired five businesses between 2017 and 2020, GTE strategically pivots away from its accelerator model to focus 100% of its efforts on investing and advising in traditional search funds as well as providing gap investment capital to both traditional and self-funded searchers alike.

The value we bring

01

Capital

We help provide equity capital to ensure success at the conclusion of the entrepreneur's search.

02

Searching

We ran an accelerator for five years where we refined and optimized the most efficient processes to carry out a search.

03

Operations

Our management team carries 100+ years of executive-level experience diagnosing issues and implementing sound strategies.

04

Network

Having searched for over five years with several classes of searchers, we’ve built up a vast network of valuable connections.

Our office

Pittsburgh

Address

4765 Forbes Ave,Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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