The Bootstrap Difference

“We are owner-operators who honor the legacies of bootstrapping entrepreneurs by unlocking the potential of the companies they built.”

Investment Approach

  • We are experienced, successful entrepreneurs
  • We have a long-term horizon
  • We provide day-to-day leadership
  • We will partner with entrepreneurs seeking growth capital or to implement a succession plan

Investment Approach


  • Revenue from $5 to $20 million
  • EBITDA from $1 to $2.5 million


  • Control Preferred


  • Business services, logistics and distribution
  • Defensible, measurable differentiation or niche market position


  • Commercialization and growth stages


  • Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan

About Us

> Bootstrap Capital is a private equity firm that respects the accomplishments of bootstrapping entrepreneurs and seeks to honor their legacies. We grow the companies they built and celebrate the legend of how they built them. We acquire and operate small business services and distribution companies at a point in their evolution where they could benefit from a change in leadership.

Our approach is to build our portfolio deliberately, providing day-to-day leadership for an extended period of time after making an acquisition. It is after this intensive hands-on phase that we then seek incremental investments. The principals of Bootstrap Capital have been investing in private businesses for 20 years and have run several of them. We bring this experience to each and every one of our portfolio companies.

Bootstrap Capital holds bootstrapping entrepreneurs in high regard and seeks to honor their accomplishments by picking up where they left off. We provide turnkey succession plans for owners seeking to retire. We work with founders who are striving for the next wave of growth. And we right the ship when a company has gotten off course.

Special Situations and Minority Investments:

On behalf of the GPD Charitable Trust we will consider mezzanine debt and minority equity investments in companies whose leaders embrace the bootstrapping approach to business building and need capital to take advantage of high impact growth opportunities.