Platte River Equity (“Platte River”) is pleased to announce its inclusion in Inc. magazine’s 2022 list of top Founder-Friendly Investors.  The list recognizes firms that entrepreneurs collaborate with and trust as they receive the support they need to help drive growth.  Platte River is one of a select group of private equity firms recognized that focuses on investing in lower middle market industrial companies.

“Fully investing in an entrepreneur, and their innovative vision, involves far more than the financial investment. By developing relationships with and supporting entrepreneurs for the long-term, these private equity firms are more than investors, they’re partners,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. media.

“Platte River is honored to be named a Founder-Friendly Investor by Inc.,” said Lauren Metz, Vice President of Business Development. “Since Platte River’s founding, partnering with family and entrepreneurial-owned businesses has been our core focus.  We appreciate the unique challenges these businesses face and have a long track record of investing to build the foundations necessary to help them achieve their long-term goals."  Managing Director Peter Calamari added, “We appreciate being nominated to this list by the entrepreneur and family owners that we have had the pleasure to partner with, and we remain focused on continuing to be good stewards of these businesses in the future.”

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

Disclaimer: The “Founder-Friendly Investors” award is a program designed by Inc. Magazine to help founder-led companies accelerate growth and create revenue.  Private equity and venture capital firms that have exited U.S.-based, founder-led portfolio companies are eligible to apply.  For investments to qualify, portfolio company founders must have remained actively involved in their business for at least one-year post-investment.  Winning firms are selected based upon their track record, reputation, leadership and founder references.  Platte River is not aware of the number of advisers also surveyed for the award. Like all entrants, Platte River paid a fee to be considered for this award and pays a fee to Inc. Magazine to use the collateral associated with the use of the award and logo. This award is not to be construed as indicative of Platte River’s future performance. Reference to an award is only one piece of information relevant to an evaluation of an investment adviser such as Platte River.  Finally, this award represents information as of a specific date and time and may not reflect important information related to an evaluation of the investment adviser which has occurred prior to, or subsequent to, the award.


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