We've invested in 70+ searchers
Searcher background animated chart

Brydon invests in a select number of Brydon Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) each year as well as minority stakes in traditional search funds

Better Support. Better Economics. Better Outcomes.

Brydon’s EIR program is designed to support a small handful of entrepreneurs each year interested in buying and running a small business with top-tier support in the sourcing, acquisition and operating phases.

Brydon Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) Program:

  • Brydon selects five entrepreneurs per year as Brydon Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs)
  • We invest 90% of the equity to support a two-year search and 90% of the equity at the time of a transaction (targeting transactions from $5 – 40 million)
  • We encourage you to raise the remaining 10% of capital from advisors who can be helpful in your search as mentors, however if you need help raising the additional 10%, we can provide it from our limited partner base and network

Better Economics – Salary and Equity:

  • We fund our searchers at salary levels commensurate with your experience, between $150,000-200,000 per year (higher than traditional search).
  • Searchers earn up to 25% of the equity in their deal (or 30% for partnered searchers), based on the standard vesting schedules (1/3 upon acquisition, 1/3 time-based vesting and 1/3 based on performance hurdles).
  • We know how mentally and emotionally demanding a search can be, and we try to provide additional support, for example, a $5,000 stipend for all our EIRs to spend on physical or mental health during their search (e.g. to buy themselves a Peloton, Tonal, gym membership, yoga classes, etc.).
Alexander Mears speaking to audience, photo

Mix of In-Person & Remote:

  • The EIR program kicks off with 10 days of initial training for each EIR cohort at a resort in the Caribbean, followed by quarterly in-person events in the US.
  • Otherwise, we strongly encourage searchers to base their search in the geography in which they would like to live and focus their search efforts.

Better Sourcing and Diligence Support:

  • We have supported over 70 searchers and many are frustrated by having to “re-create the wheel” when it comes to sourcing, diligence, valuation, structuring and operating best practices.
  • We bring playbooks and best practices from large cap private equity and work hand-in-hand with our searchers to apply them to your small business search.
  • From day one, searchers get access to a full sourcing engine: a dedicated CRM, access to industry databases, introductions to brokers, bankers, CEOs and river guides, etc.

Advisors – Providing Large Cap Support:

  • Our (and your) advisors include some of the best private market investors in the world, highly successful searcher CEOs and strategic partners who can add substantial value to your sourcing, diligence and operations.

searcher backgrounds

What We Are Looking For:

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, but we generally look to partner with EIRs who have more work experience, typically 2-7 years out of business school or equivalent.

For example:

  • You worked in banking or private equity on a PE-backed roll-up and see an opportunity to do the same with dedicated capital and support
  • You are a McKinsey Engagement Manager with extensive work and deep understanding of the growth levers in a sub-industry. Now you want to implement that knowledge by building equity value in a business you own and operate
  • You’ve built relationships and qualifications in a sub-industry and believe there’s an opportunity to buy and build. For example, a former Navy submariner who can leverage your background to acquire a small nuclear services provider
  • You worked at a successful tech startup in a vertical and know the space well. You see an opportunity to buy small mom and pop players in the space

We are strong advocates of thesis-driven searches (they work better!) and encourage our EIRs to either submit subindustries / areas of interest or to discuss several of Brydon’s core theses (vertical market software, regulatory & compliance services, technical services, government services, etc.)

Our Backgrounds – Service in Support of Our EIRs
Our founders have backgrounds in large cap private equity (Blackstone, Carlyle), bulge bracket banking (Goldman, JP Morgan) and in founding and running multiple software businesses (3 successful exits to private equity).
We also served together in combat in the most elite unit in the US military and bring best practices from special operations selection, training and leadership to our EIR program.
Our core value is service: we donate 3% of our Brydon fund management fee and carry to non-profits, including a dedicated pool that we provide to our EIRs to donate to a local charity in their name.

applications

Applications are closed for our first EIR cohort kicking off in September 2022.

If you are interested in the EIR program for future years, please email Steve at steve.ressler@brydon.com

If you are an active searcher looking for investment on a live deal, email Steve at steve.ressler@brydon.com

We are recruiting for a paid 6-month MBA Fellow (mid-October 2022 - mid-April 2022).  Apply here.
apply now
What we've been up to

News Article 4

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur.

Learn More

Heading

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare, eros dolor interdum nulla, ut commodo diam libero vitae erat. Aenean faucibus nibh et justo cursus id rutrum lorem imperdiet. Nunc ut sem vitae risus tristique posuere.

Learn More

News Article 1

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur.

Learn More

News Article 2

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur.

Learn More

News Article 3

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur.

Learn More

News Article 4

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur.

Learn More
News Article 1
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt.
Read More
next page icon
News Article 2
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt.
Read More
next page icon
News Article 3
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt.
Read More
next page icon
News Article 4
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore
Read More
next page icon
This is some text inside of a div block.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris.
Read More
This is some text inside of a div block.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris.
Read More
What we've been up to
picture of person reading
This is some text inside of a div block.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris.
Read More
picture of person reading
This is some text inside of a div block.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris.
Read More
picture of people talking
Blog template title here
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore tempor incididunt ut labore.
Read More
next page icon