Entrepreneurship through Acquisition
Entrepreneurs sometimes choose to forgo the traditional model of starting a business from nothing and instead focus on acquiring and operating an already established successful business. These businesses may have owners who are looking to retire or to pass on the business to someone qualified to run them.
Entrepreneurship through acquisition is a concept taught as a part of the Carnegie Mellon University entrepreneurship curriculum.
Blacktail Capital, LLC
Blacktail Capital is a search fund founded by Jake Cervilla with the sole goal of finding, buying and running a single small business in the Seattle area.
Acquisitions: Acquired Interland Design
Bowline Hospitality Group ac-quires and operates independent hotels in destination locales.
Acquisitions: Acquired two hotels in Key West, FL
Goodwin Point is a private investment firm created by Rob Southern for the sole purpose of making a strategic investment in one business.
Acquisitions: Acquired Ascend Software
Private investment firm that works with a group of entrepreneurial Operators-in-Residence looking to individually acquire, operate, and grow privately held businesses.
Acquisitions: Acquired Promax Fence Systems, American Sleep Dental Medicine and Service-Tech Corporation (STC)
Founded to acquire and operate a small American business. Keelboat is backed by 14 experienced business operators and owners who serve not only as investors but also as advisors and mentors.
Progress: Raised a $400,000 search fund
- Lean Entrepreneurship
- Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition
- Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition Workshop
- Designing and Leading a Business Capstone
MUST CHOOSE ONE
- Introduction to Design Thinking and Practice
- Gaining Advantage through Sales
- Science of Growth
- Marketing for Entrepreneurs
MUST CHOOSE ONE
- Venture Capital and Private Equity
- Funding Early Stage Ventures