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Subject category: Entrepreneurship
Published by: Stanford Business School
Originally published in: 2008
Version: 15 January 2008
Length: 16 pages
Data source: Field research
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Abstract

A search fund is a pool of capital raised to financially support the efforts of an entrepreneur, or a team of entrepreneurs, to locate a privately held company for acquisition. This study, as well as its predecessors in 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, and 2005 portrays the aggregate profile of search funds and the entrepreneurs who formed them, and evaluates the investment returns generated by first-time search funds to their original investors. Together, these studies reflect changes in the characteristics of search fund entrepreneurs and the performance of their funds over time. The learning objectives are: (1) to introduce the search fund concept; (2) describe changes in the characteristics of search funds and search fund entrepreneurs over time and (3) report on the financial performance of search funds over time. This case is part of the Stanford Graduate School of Business free case collection (visit www.thecasecentre.org/stanfordfreecases for more information on the collection).

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Abstract

A search fund is a pool of capital raised to financially support the efforts of an entrepreneur, or a team of entrepreneurs, to locate a privately held company for acquisition. This study, as well as its predecessors in 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, and 2005 portrays the aggregate profile of search funds and the entrepreneurs who formed them, and evaluates the investment returns generated by first-time search funds to their original investors. Together, these studies reflect changes in the characteristics of search fund entrepreneurs and the performance of their funds over time. The learning objectives are: (1) to introduce the search fund concept; (2) describe changes in the characteristics of search funds and search fund entrepreneurs over time and (3) report on the financial performance of search funds over time. This case is part of the Stanford Graduate School of Business free case collection (visit www.thecasecentre.org/stanfordfreecases for more information on the collection).

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