Growing businesses that haven’t worked with private equity before are often nervous about raising investment. They worry their new investors will want to take over, or to run the business solely to deliver a short-term return.


Above all, they often have a relatively limited idea what private equity investors might be looking for in a potential investment.

The truth is that the best private equity backers are very supportive – they provide a wealth of experience and advice in addition to capital investment.

But to get the relationship off to a strong start, it’s crucial everyone is on the same page.

At Gresham House Ventures, there are five attributes we always look for in a potential new investee business.

Investment Director, Rowan Grobler explains…


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Rowan Grobler

Rowan originates and executes new deals at Gresham House, including IPV and leading the investment into Connect Childcare. Having worked directly with scale up and growth orientated teams, he has had the benefit of working with some inspirational entrepreneurs and operational teams. Taking these learnings and sharing them with the teams we now invest in, is what he gets really get excited about. He currently sits on the board of IPV and Connect Childcare. His previous roles include Finance Director at Crussh and Nando’s.