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Shore Capital Partners Named to Inc.’s 2021 List of Founder-Friendly Investors

October 05, 2021

CHICAGO–(INC.)–Shore Capital Partners, (“Shore” or “the firm”), a strategic private equity firm focused on microcap investing in the healthcare, food and beverage, business services and real estate industries, with offices in Chicago and Nashville, was named as one of Inc.’s 2021 founder-friendly investors, for the second year in a row. For the first time, this year’s list included venture capital firms in addition to private equity and was changed from the original title of Inc.’s Private Equity 50.  

The final list recognizes the firms that entrepreneurs can trust and collaborate with while receiving the financial support they need to help accelerate growth. All the recognized firms have a successful track record of remaining actively involved in the businesses after their investment.


“Supporting an entrepreneur’s vision and driving growth is more than just a financial investment,” said Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. media. “It’s about building a relationship and supporting the founders beyond that initial year. These private equity firms treat the founders like partners.”


“We are honored to be recognized as a founder-friendly investor again by Inc.,” said Justin Ishbia, Managing Partner. “It is a proof point that we are delivering on our vision to be the first choice for founders and executives seeking a partner for growth. At Shore, we work with great small businesses to become regional and national powerhouses by providing oversized investment, operational and network resources that de-risk the investment while accelerating success. We are proud of this award and that 35 microcap platforms have chosen us as their partner.”


To compile the list, Inc. went straight to the source: entrepreneurs who have sold to private equity. Founders filled outa questionnaire about their experiences partnering with private equity firms and shared data on how their portfolio companies have grown during these partnerships.


To see the complete list, go to: The list will also be featured in the October 2021 issue of Inc. magazine, available online now at and on newsstands beginning October 5, 2021.


About Shore Capital Partners

Shore Capital, a Chicago-based private equity firm with offices in Nashville, is focused on microcap investments within the Healthcare, Food and Beverage, Business Services, and Real Estate industries. Shore supports management partners with capital, business development expertise, and industry knowledge to accelerate growth, fund acquisitions, and generate value for shareholders. Shore targets investments in proven, successful private companies with superior management teams, stable cash flow, and significant growth potential, including organic growth and growth through industry consolidation. Shore has $2 billion of equity capital under management through various investment vehicles. For more information, please visit:


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 prestigiousInc. 5000 list, produced every year since1982, 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

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