Best-in-Class Returns. Positive Impact.

A financial system overly focused on short-term and extractive behavior (driven by the assumption of the primacy of shareholder profit in a vacuum) has been a significant driver of the systemic challenges we face on the planet today. Yet capitalism is also best equipped to be a driver of solutions. The Builders Fund seeks to help catalyze a global shift in financial markets toward a more integrated, systemically-aware, and regenerative approach to investing in and building businesses. The fund believes that by generating exceptional financial returns through the deployment of capital into impactful, purpose-driven companies, it can help catalyze a more equitable & sustainable form of capitalism.

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For over a decade, the Builders’ team has consistently helped scale companies to generate significant alpha for all of our stakeholders. We have raised capital from similarly operational and values-aligned partners who also serve as operating partners (“Builders”) to the fund. That bench of experience - matching that of billion dollar private equity platforms - is highly differentiated at the emerging growth stage of investment. So is our unwavering commitment to value+values, and outcomes that incorporate more than just short term wealth creation.

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Purpose Moves People…. It provides meaning, guides behaviors, and as a driver of culture, creates powerful alignment; it gives us a “Why” and thereby inspires people to higher levels of performance. Purpose cultivates passion, commitment, shared values (as operating behaviors) and an opportunity for shared vision (“the Where”). When harnessed it can generate organizational alignment internally (the “How”)… and values alignment externally. Look more closely and what you will find next is a series of competitive advantages from the acquisition and retention of great talent, to the productivity and engagement of employees, to higher net promoter scores, increased customer loyalty and lower cost of customer acquisition. In a hyper-connected, increasingly transparent and omni-channel marketplace, authentic commitment to Purpose is increasingly cost of entry with the next generation of consumers.

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We believe the future of capitalism is a more integrated, systemically-aware approach to investing and company building. We envision a sustainable financial system which values not only financial but financial, human, and natural capital in balance. We see B Corporations as an integral part of our approach to investing: for setting baseline standards, visibility and accountability around key metrics related to our investments’ impact. As such, we are proud to be a certified B Corporation and we aid each of our investment companies in achieving the same standard. Builders is also proud to have achieved a three star, gold GIIRS fund rating, including a 5 star gold environmental score and platinum scores for both governance and community.

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Vision

Our vision is to improve the world through the profitable deployment of capital into conscious businesses.

Capitalism must be part of the solution if we are to fix the significant and intractable social and environmental challenges we face today. For that to occur, we must get back to investing in and building scalable and purpose-driven businesses which improve the world, vs. simply extract wealth over the short term. Builders was formed to celebrate and support the entrepreneurs, leaders and "builders" that are crafting a better future. We are experienced operators and business builders ourselves, and our team of successful entrepreneurs has formed to leverage our collective expertise to guide and scale portfolio companies as they seek to address the pressing social and environmental challenges of our time.

COMPANIES THAT MATTER TM ESG Principles Aligned with (ESG) environmental, social and governance constructs Profit Strong margins & a clear path to value creation Product Innovative, Differentiated Management & Culture Human-centered approach Purpose Greater than profits or growth alone
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Approach

Theme Based Investments We make investments around well-researched market themes and social/environmental problems where platform companies can be built and we can add value.

Conscious Companies Key criteria for selecting targets are evaluated systematically including a driven management team committed to building a transformational business, aspirational culture, and an inherently profitable model with the potential to scale as a platform in a key thematic area.

Partnership Philosophy We believe that great investments are built on great partnerships and value is created by investing in, and working hand-in-hand with, great management teams.

Fundamental Value Creation We believe that success in private equity is driven by creating value at companies versus capital markets transactions. In each investment, we allocate capital to execute approximately 3-4 key alpha generating strategies and take a hands-on approach.

Respect For The Business We maintain a strong preference for returns driven through sustainable earnings improvement versus financial leverage or extractive strategies, and focus on long term value creation.

Investment Focus

Thematically we seek to invest in entrepreneurial companies which improve the world, led by values-driven management teams building activist brands and cultures with scalable, profitable business models. The fund typically makes $3-15m structured equity investments into established, high-growth businesses with revenues between $10-100m and positive cash flow.

Our four current investment themes based on the combination of expertise, macro environment and the opportunity for disruptive, purpose-driven businesses to win at the emerging growth stages of the lifecycle are:

Sustainable Food & Agriculture

A focus on centralization and efficiency in the food system (rather than nutrition and sustainability) has led to significant breakdowns in health and widespread environmental degradation. The resulting disruption to the food and ag industry as education drives consumer demand toward sustainable production and less processed food is a powerful opportunity for investment.

Health & Wellness

The US is facing an obesity and preventable chronic disease crisis which is crippling the health care system. We see significant opportunity to invest in next generation products and services that drive prevention and access.

Resource Efficiency

The accelerating effects of Climate Change will be a primary concern of the 21st century, and with increasingly limited resources in the face of rising populations, it is imperative that every industry reinvent itself toward sustainable and regenerative systems and processes.

Human Elevation

The gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ has grown to unsustainable levels. Business built around equitable values or supporting underserved populations can be a powerful driver of economic elevation for all stakeholders.