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


Clear Automation is an industrial automation technology integrator that specializes in customized robotics, machine vision and line tracking solutions. Founded in 1990, the company designs, builds, installs and services complex test and assembly cells, as well as complete manufacturing lines.  Clear Automation has a history of driving cost and efficiency improvements in a broad range of industries, including cosmetics and personal-care products, medical devices, electronic components and automotive parts and assemblies. (

Since 1989, VeriLogic has been on the forefront of industrial identification and product tracking solutions.  Since its inception, the company has provided a completely customized product identification solution that seamlessly integrates and interfaces with existing warehouse management and enterprise systems.  The company’s ability to integrate hardware and software into a fully comprehensive, yet affordable, solution distinguishes VeriLogic Solutions from the competition and is the reason that it continues to be a valuable supplier to both Fortune 500 and middle market companies. (