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Shore Capital Partners Named to Inc.’s 2023 List of Founder-Friendly Investors

October 31, 2023

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Shore Capital Partners, (“Shore” or “Shore Capital”), a private equity firm focused on microcap investments, has been named one of Inc.’s Founder-Friendly Investors for the fourth consecutive year.

This year’s list honored private equity, venture capital and debt firms with the best track records of success backing entrepreneurs. Awardees are actively involved with the businesses they invest in and have earned the trust of the entrepreneurs they support to help drive growth.

“At Shore, our mission is to create an environment where the best people and companies soar. Our goal is that each founder and executive says partnering with Shore was the best professional decision they ever made. Being recognized for four straight years by Inc. is a testament to our reputation as a top choice for entrepreneurs and small- and medium-sized businesses seeking a growth partner,” said Justin Ishbia, Founder and Managing Partner at Shore.

Since its inception, Shore has rapidly grown its investment and operational support teams and invested in 57 unique platform companies, with an incremental 800-plus add on acquisitions. In 2023, 17 of the firm’s portfolio companies were named to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies.

Shore’s strategy is to help microcap businesses grow faster with less risk, through access to capital, world-class board and operational resources, and unmatched networking and development opportunities. A unique offering within the microcap market, Shore’s dedicated team of operating professionals provide resources to portfolio companies to de-risk decision making and accelerate growth, which is traditionally accessible only to mid- and large-cap companies.

“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,” added Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. Business Media.

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

View the complete list of founder-friendly investors and read the November 2023 issue of Inc. magazine online or on newsstands beginning October 31.

About Shore Capital Partners

Shore Capital, a Chicago-based private equity firm with offices in Nashville, is an investor in microcap companies in the healthcare, food and beverage, business services, industrial, and real estate industries. Shore’s strategy is to support management partners to grow faster with less risk, through access to capital, world-class board and operational resources, and unmatched networking, development, and shared learnings across the portfolio. For the fourth consecutive year in 2023, Shore received recognition from Inc. Magazine as a top founder-friendly investor. Shore has also consistently been recognized by PitchBook for leading all U.S. Private equity firms in total deal volume. Shore targets investments in established, successful private companies with premier management teams, stable cash flow, and significant potential to grow through industry consolidation and organic growth to generate value for shareholders. Shore has over $6 billion of assets under management and in additional investment platforms to which it provides business and operational services. For more information, including with respect to these awards and investment platforms, 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 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


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