Kayne Partners Named to Inc.’s 2022 List of Founder-Friendly Investors

Annual roundup highlights the private equity and venture capital firms with the best track records of success backing entrepreneurs

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kayne Partners (“KPF”) is pleased to announce their recognition in being named to Inc.’s fourth annual Founder-Friendly Investors list, honoring the private equity and venture capital firms with the best track records of success backing entrepreneurs.

Inc.’s 2022 list of Founder-Friendly Investors recognizes KPF as one of 184 firms that entrepreneurs collaborate with and trust as they receive the financial support they need to help drive growth.

“Fully investing in an entrepreneur, and their innovative vision, involves far more than the financial investment. By developing relationships with and supporting entrepreneurs for the long-term, these private equity firms are more than investors, they’re partners,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. media.

Nishita Cummings, Co-Head of Kayne Partners, said, “Through our dedicated equity and credit strategies, we are able to use our growth capital platform to tailor a flexible capital solution and bring a unique combination of unparalleled firm resources, domain knowledge and stage expertise to entrepreneurs. We very much view our investments as a partnership with these entrepreneurs and their companies as we work shoulder to shoulder with their teams to create world class businesses.”

KPF has a strong track record of investing nearly $900 million in approximately 50 software companies in the lower middle market. KPF’s primary sector focuses include supply chain & logistics, media & telecommunications, business process outsourcing & automation, financial technology, healthcare IT, and security, compliance & infrastructure. Since the beginning of 2021, the team has achieved 12 successful realizations and invested in eight companies. Some examples of exited businesses include DiCentral (acquired by True Commerce), rfXcel (acquired by Antares Vision Group), Natural Partners Fullscript (recapitalized by HGGC and Snapdragon Capital), Fully Managed (acquired by Telus), myKaarma (recapitalized by H.I.G. Capital), and Circle Cardiovascular (recapitalized by Thoma Bravo). Some recent platform investments are Bark Technologies, GeoWealth, KlearNow, OnFleet, Panzura, ShipFusion, and Treez. The KPF team is supported by a network of seven strategic operating partners with extensive networks and industry and domain expertise tailored to our segment of the market.

KPF is currently investing from both Kayne Partners Fund V, its latest equity fund and its separate credit fund, Kayne Partners Growth Credit.

The October 2022 issue of Inc. magazine is available online now at https://www.inc.com/magazine and on newsstands.

About Inc.

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community they need to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

About Kayne Partners

Kayne Partners, the Los Angeles-based dedicated growth capital strategy of Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., is a leading provider of equity and debt capital solutions and connections to privately held, high growth, enterprise software and tech-enabled service businesses in North America. Kayne Partners seeks to partner with driven entrepreneurs and provide capital to high growth companies at a transformative point in their life cycle in the following industries: media & telecommunications, supply chain & logistics, financial technology, healthcare IT, security & compliance, and business process outsourcing & automation. For more information, please visit www.kaynepartners.com.

About Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors

Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P., founded in 1984, is a leading alternative investment management firm focused on real estate, credit, infrastructure/energy, renewables, and growth capital. Kayne’s investment philosophy is to pursue niches, with an emphasis on cash flow, where our knowledge and sourcing advantages enable us to deliver above average, risk-adjusted investment returns. As responsible stewards of capital, Kayne’s philosophy extends to promoting responsible investment practices and sustainable business practices to create long-term value for our investors. Kayne manages $34.5 billion in assets (as of 8/31/2022) for institutional investors, family offices, high net worth and retail clients and employs over 325 professionals in five core offices across the U.S.


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