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Partnership Snapshot

Selecting the right mix of investor partners is arguably the most critical early-stage decision that traditional searchers have to make. Not only do we have team members who have successfully conducted their own searches, but we also ran a search accelerator for five years. It goes without saying that we know search very well and we're ready to step in and provide value at any stage within the search cycle.

Funding

Raising a traditional search fund and looking for qualified investors to provide "smart" capital? GTE provides the funding and know-how to get you started down the right path with your search.

Search

Not sure where to start searching for acquisition opportunities?  Leverage the systems and processes that we developed while running a search accelerator for five years.

Acquire

Need a second opinion on a potential deal you're eyeing up? We've looked into countless deals over the years and would be more than happy to lend a hand at this stage.

Operate & Grow

Feeling stuck with certain operational issues or looking for new growth opportunities? Tap into our team's 100+ years of combined executive and management-level experience to help right the ship.

Investment Criteria

Industry
Agnostic

Our advisory capabilities are admittedly best within "old economy" businesses, but we are still open to other industries.

1–2 Units
(~6%–16%)

We look to buy 1–2 units (~6%–16%) of today's typical traditional search fund according to the recent Stanford primer.

Geographic
Agnostic

While we feel most comfortable looking at domestic-based US businesses, we are also open to international opportunities.

EBITDA
$500K–$5M

From a size standpoint, we're typically interested in businesses that fall within the $500,000 to $5M EBITDA range.

Up to 6x
Paid Multiples

The multiple being paid is dependent on a wide range of factors, but we expect to pay 3–5x in most instances (and 6x at most)

Searcher Criteria

Management
Experience

Our search partners should have 4 years minimum of management experience and leading people and teams.

Top MBA
Graduates

Although not required, graduating from a top MBA program is typically a great indicator of success for aspiring CEOs.

Entrepreneurial
Grit & Spirit

Being a business owner is not for the faint of heart. That's why we look for searchers who exhibit both passion and grit.

Traditional
Searchers

We look to partner with traditional searchers and participate in their initial raise to fund their search.

Gap Capital
Opportunities

If the need arises, we also provide gap capital to both traditional and self-funded searchers alike.

Want to learn more?

Contact us today