The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global alternative asset manager with $159 billion of assets under management in 94 funds and 63 fund of fund vehicles as of March 31, 2012. Carlyle invests across four segments – Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Market Strategies and Fund of Funds Solutions – in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America. Carlyle has expertise in various industries, including: aerospace, defense and government services, consumer and retail, energy, financial services, healthcare, industrial, technology and business services, telecommunications and media and transportation. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,300 people in 32 offices across six continents.
Columbia Capital is a premier venture capital franchise in wireless, broadband, media, and enterprise information technology investing. Since its formation in 1989, Columbia Capital has taken a sector-focused approach to investing, and has funded over 120 companies in its core markets. Columbia's sector focus allows it to regularly identify disruptive emerging companies and to recognize and build value throughout a company's lifecycle – from early stage investments, to large growth stage financings and special situations.
Novak Biddle Venture Partners was established in 1997 to provide equity financing and assistance to the management of young, information technology companies. NBVP is backed by a number of the country's most prestigious limited partners, and has over $580 million under management. NBVP seeks investment opportunities where the combination of ideas, dollars, experience, and relationships can create long-term, sustainable value.
Pioneer Venture Partners, LLC is a Pacific Northwest technology-focused fund. As a private family venture fund, Pioneer takes an active role in assisting the leadership of its portfolio companies to drive corporate growth and value, ultimately leading to profitable businesses and increased shareholder value. Pioneer's past success in a variety of businesses as operating partners and investors provides the perspective that large, long-term shareholder value is built on strong business models, motivated, high-quality management teams, and investor partners who recognize the value of building businesses over time. Pioneer endeavors to bring this collective experience to its portfolio companies.
Valhalla Partners was formed in early 2002 to bring together some of the most respected and successful venture investors in the Mid-Atlantic region. Their team has invested in or served as senior executives in over 100 companies during the last twenty years. More than half of these investments have been in the Mid-Atlantic region. To date, more than 55 of these have already experienced successful initial public offerings or successful mergers.