We’ve tried to anticipate and answer few of the questions you may have …
What is private equity?
To find out more about private equity visit the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association website.
How big are our deals?
What types of deals do we do?
Growth capital: If you’re looking for funding to grow and expand your existing business, we can invest growth capital to accelerate your plans.
Management buy out: If a management team is looking to purchase a significant shareholding in the business they manage, we can back management buy out (MBO) to support this.
Replacement capital: If you have found a business you might want to sell a stake, but because you can also see its continued potential you may want to remain and continue to be part of its growth, our replacement capital allows shareholders to do this.
Secondary buyout: If management has already attracted private equity investment but the incumbent private equity firm is looking to sell its stake, we can invest in a secondary buyout.
Minority/majority: we invest in both minority and majority stakes, and build a strong relationship with the management team.
Acquisitions: We provide acquisition capital to finance a business’ buy and build strategy as a follow-on investment.
Which sectors do we invest in?
– Business Service
– Consumer Business
– Digital and Hi-Tech
– Lifestyle Business
– Software and Services
Which countries do we invest in?
What companies have you invested in?
For a complete overview please check out the portfolio section.
How do MavensWood structure the deals?
How will MavensWood value my business?
What's it like working with MavensWood?
Is private equity right for me?
And it isn’t for everyone. We are focused on unlocking the value of your organization through transformation. Let’s face it, executing change is not fancy, and brings in conflict and friction.
Although we don’t intrude unnecessarily in the businesses we invest in, we believe it should be a partnership and want to be able to help management teams with the best direction of travel and provide the support they need along the way.
If the idea of someone else sitting in your board meetings or asking questions about your business fills you with rage, then it’s probably not going to work out!
The big question you should be asking yourself is what you want to achieve for your business, what expertise you are seeking from us beyond capital and what you need to make that happen. Let’s say you’re a business looking to refurbish offices or sites, you probably don’t need a private equity investor to make that happen. If you want to launch yourself into overseas markets though, you might want the backing from a PE investor who has done it before who can help guide you and give you the benefit of their experience. The right investor will be able to have an open and frank conversation with you about what your options are, and what might be right for you.
Please drop a note to talk to one of our team if you’d like to find out more.
How long it takes for MavensWood transactions?
What role will I play after partnering with MavensWood?
Will the employees of my business be affected?
How long MavensWood would be a investor in my company?
What kind of Due-Diligence MavensWood undertake?
Working with you, a team of legal, accounting and other advisors, we will review your company on paper, send a team to your facilities and speak with key vendors and customers.
Perhaps most importantly, we look forward to spending time with managers and key employees and getting to know each other – as we view good chemistry between management and MavensWood is essential to success.
How should a startup’s team look like?
We love to work with experienced teams and serial entrepreneurs but we’re also happy to back young and relatively inexperienced founders if they make it up with their intelligence and their relentless drive.
And by the way, we don’t care if your team is spread across the globe or if you have your most productive hours in the middle of the night. We often work like that too.
We are a startup, will MavensWood invest with us?
I am a startup, do you invest pre-product?
What materials should I send?
- What’s the problem that you’re going to solve? There are probably exceptions but most successful companies solve a large problem. If you’ve got a solution but there’s not a large problem that it solves, you may have a problem. 🙂
- How are you going to solve it? That’s the place to talk about your product or better yet, show it to us.
- What’s your business model or in other words, how are you going to make money?
- What’s your marketing strategy – how are you going to acquire thousands of businesses or millions of end users?
- How big is your market or market niche? You may not have reliable numbers but share your assumptions with us.
- Who are your competitors? List your most important competitors and tell us why you think you’re going to eat them for lunch.
- Who’s in your team and what have they done before?
- What’s the current status of the project and what are you planning to do with the funding?
- If you’ve launched already, please provide detailed KPIs. Most companies that we invest in have at least public beta already and we want to understand as well as possible how the take up of your product has been so far.
Do MavensWood co-invest together with other investors?
How does MavensWood support the portfolio companies?
This kind of active support enables the portfolio company to benefit from all the existing know-how, management capacity, experience, business planning, execution of turnaround and network of the financial investor in order to tap its full potential.
How does MavensWood exit its investments?
With a consensus driven approach to maximise the benefit to all the stakeholders, we aim to deliver the return by taking advantage of market dynamics, timing and trends.
MavensWood is a patient inventor and aim to remain invested while it can add value to the portfolio company. We take a flexible approach and aim to exit at a natural page of three to five years .
Multiple Exit Scenarios
MavensWood keep the exit options open to various alternatives. While the nature of out portfolio suits strategic sale, M&A transactions, we are always open to initial public offerings.
Do private equity firms create or destroy jobs?
What is the meaning of the name MavensWood Investments?
To build, grow and transform a business we require a diverse range of expertise, creativity, deep passion and prudence which is an art in its own self.
We focus on growth and value through transformation. We belive business change is no fancy business, we help our portfolio companies navigate well out of the woods.
The neo-modern font represents timeless simplicity and approach to modern business.
The light-gold brand colour is our gold standard of our service to all the stakeholders and the impact we make. And a solid return on investments for all the stakeholders.