About Us

Who We Are
and What We Do
About Us
The Investment Company for
Successful Mittelstand Companies

We are an owner-managed investment company based in Frankfurt am Main that – through the funds it advises – acquires majority shareholdings in profitable Mittelstand companies in the DACH region with a focus on asset-light business models in the areas of B2B services, IT services, software, healthcare & well-being, lifestyle and entertainment.

Our goal is to continue the success story of German-speaking SMEs. Admittedly, a bold statement but this is precisely the driving principle since Beyond Capital Partners’ first acquisition in 2015. You could say it was about beyond just capital from the very beginning.

Our Social Responsibility

Our philosophy is to support lower-mid-cap DACH SMEs, to promote sustainable growth by integrating ESG criteria and to secure and to further develop the competitiveness of our entrepreneurs and their companies against the backdrop of macroeconomic and social challenges in a future-oriented manner.
For us, the principles for sustainable investment are therefore an elementary part of all business processes. Accordingly, ESG is integrated as one of the central points in our investment process. Only those companies that grant appropriate importance to the principles of sustainable management and accept the associated challenges will continue to compete in the future and develop successfully in a rapidly changing environment in the long term.

Our Track Record

Our investment focus is on the acquisition of majority shareholdings in successful Mittelstand companies in the revenue range of EUR 10 to 50 million, a historical profitability of at least EUR 1 million EBITDA and long-term growth potential within their competitive environment. Since 2015, we have gained the trust of institutional investors from Europe through several generations of funds. With 16 acquisitions (as of Dec. 2022), consisting of ten platform investments, six add-ons – including a fast-growing roll-up strategy – and two exits since 2015. The trusting and partnership-based cooperation at eye level with the founders, the management and other stakeholders is the most important prerequisite for us to be successful continuously and in the long term.

We Create Value Together

Many Mittelstand companies are facing profound technological, demographic, and social changes that are permanently changing their industry structure and market environment. Beyond Capital Partners’ approach as a private equity investor is to successfully accompany companies in coping with these demanding change processes through entrepreneurial thinking as well as pragmatic advice to the founders and their management and, last but not least, sufficient capital.
We see ourselves as creative idea generators, trustworthy and experienced sparring partners and, above all, as entrepreneurs from the heart.

“The financing of Beyond Capital Partners Fund II is partly made possible by the European Union’s financial support under the Equity Facility for Growth under Regulation (EU) No 1287/2013 of the European Union and of the Council establishing a Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) (2014-2020).”

We are an owner-managed investment company based in Frankfurt am Main that – through the funds it advises – acquires majority shareholdings in profitable Mittelstand companies in the DACH region with a focus on asset-light business models in the areas of B2B services, IT services, software, healthcare & well-being, lifestyle and entertainment.

Our goal is to continue the success story of German-speaking SMEs. Admittedly, a bold statement but this is precisely the driving principle since Beyond Capital Partners’ first acquisition in 2015. You could say it was about beyond just capital from the very beginning.

Our Social Responsibility

Our philosophy is to support lower-mid-cap DACH SMEs, to promote sustainable growth by integrating ESG criteria and to secure and to further develop the competitiveness of our entrepreneurs and their companies against the backdrop of macroeconomic and social challenges in a future-oriented manner.
For us, the principles for sustainable investment are therefore an elementary part of all business processes. Accordingly, ESG is integrated as one of the central points in our investment process. Only those companies that grant appropriate importance to the principles of sustainable management and accept the associated challenges will continue to compete in the future and develop successfully in a rapidly changing environment in the long term.

Our Track Record

Our investment focus is on the acquisition of majority shareholdings in successful Mittelstand companies in the revenue range of EUR 10 to 50 million, a historical profitability of at least EUR 1 million EBITDA and long-term growth potential within their competitive environment. Since 2015, we have gained the trust of institutional investors from Europe through several generations of funds. With 16 acquisitions (as of Dec. 2022), consisting of ten platform investments, six add-ons – including a fast-growing roll-up strategy – and two exits since 2015. The trusting and partnership-based cooperation at eye level with the founders, the management and other stakeholders is the most important prerequisite for us to be successful continuously and in the long term.

We Create Value Together

Many Mittelstand companies are facing profound technological, demographic, and social changes that are permanently changing their industry structure and market environment. Beyond Capital Partners’ approach as a private equity investor is to successfully accompany companies in coping with these demanding change processes through entrepreneurial thinking as well as pragmatic advice to the founders and their management and, last but not least, sufficient capital.
We see ourselves as creative idea generators, trustworthy and experienced sparring partners and, above all, as entrepreneurs from the heart.

“The financing of Beyond Capital Partners Fund II is partly made possible by the European Union’s financial support under the Equity Facility for Growth under Regulation (EU) No 1287/2013 of the European Union and of the Council establishing a Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) (2014-2020).”

Our Team

Long-Standing Experience as Core Essence of Our Entrepreneur-Minded Investment Philosophy

Our Advisory Board

Support From Experienced Experts

Our advisory board actively supports us through their competence, many years of experience and an extensive network of companies and decision-makers. As successful entrepreneurs and proven specialists in their respective fields, they share their profound experience and know-how with us and our portfolio companies and make recommendations.
Uwe Kolb

Investor and independent Advisory Board Member

Our Network
Unleashing Potential Through Our Network

Established Access To Knowledge Carriers and Decision-Makers

Beyond Capital Partners has an international and continuously growing network of reliable partners from different industries and functions.

In line with our name “Beyond Capital Partners”, we not only support our investments with capital, but also advise in particular on the operational development and implementation of international growth strategies through access to our proven network. These include external, operational experts along the entire value chain, industry experts, regional and local experts, an M&A advisory infrastructure established in the DACH region with more than 300 M&A and corporate finance participants, as well as entrepreneurial personalities, co-investors, family offices and other important multipliers.

Geographically, our network extends across the western industrial nations (DACH, Europe, USA) to the dynamic emerging markets (Asia, Middle East, Africa and South America).

Our Network
Unleashing Potential Through Our Network

Established Access To Knowledge Carriers and Decision-Makers

Beyond Capital Partners has an international and continuously growing network of reliable partners from different industries and functions.

In line with our name “Beyond Capital Partners”, we not only support our investments with capital, but also advise in particular on the operational development and implementation of international growth strategies through access to our proven network. These include external, operational experts along the entire value chain, industry experts, regional and local experts, an M&A advisory infrastructure established in the DACH region with more than 300 M&A and corporate finance participants, as well as entrepreneurial personalities, co-investors, family offices and other important multipliers.

Geographically, our network extends across the western industrial nations (DACH, Europe, USA) to the dynamic emerging markets (Asia, Middle East, Africa and South America).

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Portfolio

ECD International Holding GmbH

Purchase: August 2023

Key Figures at the Time of Acquisition

EUR 10-15 Mio.
Turnover

20 %
EBITDA

25
Employees

Value Creation Levers

Operational Improvements
  • Expansion of digital skills (apps, AI tools)
  • Process optimization / efficiency enhancement
Organic Growth
  • Hiring new employees
  • Attracting new customers
  • Cross-selling potential with existing customers
  • Opening of new lcoations: national and international expansion
  • Diversification of service portfolio
  • Increasing brand awareness
Inorganic Growth
  • Acquisition of specialist agencies