What we do
We are a St. Louis-based growth buyout firm that invests in, partners with and grows strong, tech-enabled business and healthcare services companies. We focus on lower market transactions in which we can invest alongside aggressive, entrepreneurial teams that share our passion for growing and building great businesses.
What types of investments?
How can we help?
What is our recipe
By our definition, “tech-enabled” businesses are those that use technology to create differentiated operating models that are unique and often disruptive to existing industry models. A “tech-enabled” business often exists within a relatively mundane industry vertical, taking advantage of technology to out-compete established competitors with outdated business models or to create new niche market growth opportunities.
Our investment criteria and portfolio
We invest in lower-middle market tech-enabled business and healthcare services companies with differentiated business models and niche vertical market leadership.
AN IDEAL COMPANY
Our ideal target company is an acknowledged industry “thought leader” with a strong, aggressive team and identifiable growth potential.
Other niche verticals and with positive growth
and fragmented customer bases.
EXAMPLES OF TARGETED
Our ideal targets are industry leaders in niche vertical markets that have large, fragmented customer bases.
Digital Dental is a leading technology provider of advanced milling solutions to dental labs worldwide.
Creative Dental Laboratory (CDL) is one of the most technologically advanced dental laboratory and research facilities in the United States.
Foundry has a revolutionary platform to create amazing web and mobile apps without code or developers.
Digital Dental is a leading technology provider of advanced milling solutions to dental labs worldwide to manufacture crowns, bridges, and dentures. Dental Digital offers its proprietary family of DentMill advanced CAD/CAM milling machines along with its Crystal brand of zirconia and advanced hybrid consumable discs. Dental Digital also offers a wide-range of associated products such as sintering ovens, digital scanners, milling tools, wax discs and post-sintering coloring solutions.
Creative Dental Laboratory (CDL) is one of the most technologically advanced dental laboratory and research facilities in the United States. CDL specializes in research & development and outsourcing of high-end, technically difficult restorations, and sets the standards for use of advanced digital milling techniques to produce the highest-quality zirconium and hybrid-based restorations in the dental lab industry.
Foundry has a revolutionary platform to create amazing web and mobile apps without code or developers. Foundry gives users the power to design, build, and launch apps all by themselves. And, even more importantly, by putting this power in the hands of non-programmers it makes iteration based on customer feedback even faster.
Why partner with us
We respect Midwest entrepreneurs (like you) and share a passion for
what you’ve built, your team, and where your company is headed.
We pride ourselves on our ability to quickly learn your company and demonstrate our respect for what you’ve built and where you are headed. We are “the buyer”, but our goal is actually to sell ourselves and the value we bring to you.
We are entrepreneurs just like you
who at the end of the day are all about solving the customers’ problems in a unique way that doesn’t just produce results but endears them to us forever.
It’s not just about financials and returns (that’s for our investors). Life is short and we only partner with “good people” where we share the same passion for continued growth and success while enjoying the journey together.
By pairing a professional growth investor
with a founder/CEO of growth companies,
the Villhard brothers are the perfect complement
(we feel) to not just partner with you,
but to provide value.
We’d love to take a look at your business and discuss a partnership.