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Inc. Names Growth Equity Firm Edison Partners A Founder-Friendly Investor

Accolade Highlights Firm’s Ability to Accelerate Portfolio Companies’ Growth

Edison Partners is honored to announce it has been named as a 2023 Founder-Friendly Investor by Inc. The award recognizes private equity, venture capital and debt firms with the strongest track records of successfully partnering with founders, who shared data on how their portfolio companies have grown during these partnerships.

Edison Partners invests in capital-efficient, growth-stage fintech, healthcare IT and enterprise software companies, backing more than 200 founders over the last 37 years – several more than once. The firm’s approach to investing and value creation is to meet founders and companies where they are, providing right-sized capital, and stage and sector specific operating expertise tailored to the needs of the team, business model, and strategy.

“From the outset of our relationship with and at every step along a company’s growth journey, we drive alignment through transparency – collective and respective goals, potential outcomes, and how to get there,” said Chris Sugden, managing partner. “It’s all about shared success and a ‘whatever it takes’ mindset that matches founders’ passion, intensity, and commitment.”

Edison Partners consistently ranks in the top-quartile of growth equity fund performance and has a Net Promoter Score of 72, which is best-in-class for the financial services sector. In addition to the Inc. Founder-Friendly designation, Edison was named a Best Growth Investment Firm for a second consecutive year by GrowthCap.

“Edison creates the environment for entrepreneurs and management to succeed,” said Al Subbloie, founder and chief executive officer of Budderfly with four Edison exits as CEO and board director. “Their partnership approach always felt genuine. As a founder, I felt like Edison truly believed that it could win only if my team and I were winning, too.”

Among growth equity firms, one of Edison’s differentiators is the Edison Edge, a personalized value creation platform, which supports its portfolio companies with a deep bench of experienced operators and experts, plans and programming. Its people-based strategy is designed to unlock growth at scale by bringing knowledge, tools and guidance around leadership, finance, governance, product, go-to-market and corporate development strategies.

“Now more than ever, founder-led companies need financing partners that offer guidance, expertise, and understanding—not just capital. These are the private equity, venture capital, and debt firms that have founders’ backs when it comes to accelerating growth,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. Business Media.

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The November 2023 issue of Inc. magazine is available online now at and will be on newsstands beginning October 31.

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

Chris is Managing Partner and Chairman of the firm's investment committee. He has been on both sides of the table as a successful entrepreneur. His experience includes leading sales, product, finance, business strategy and capital formation.