OUR ENTREPRENEURS

A world-class
community of searchers
and CEOs

CARPRO - Logotipo 4x

Redefining the car mobility
software space

Kieron Chadler and Gonzalo Carmona, CEOs of CarPro, joined the Istria family in 2019. Istria played a lead investor role in their search, helping them negotiate the acquisition of CarPro during challenging covid times. Since Kieron and Gonzalo acquired the business in 2020, as a board observer Simon Bores has mentored the CEOs and helped them scale the business and negotiate the acquisition of strategic add-on Jimpisoft, creating a leading software business that is redefining the car mobility space. We are proud to be part of the story!

logiscenter-logo-principal

Building Europe’s leading barcode and RFID solutions provider

First-cousins Lorenzo Dávila and Miguel Arias always had the dream of running a business together. After a successful career in private equity and consulting, in 2017 they launched their search and ended up acquiring Logiscenter, a leading value-added reseller of barcode and RFID products. In addition to Istria being a lead investor at the acquisition, Ignacio joined the board and has been actively involved in helping them successfully grow the business.

Water Direct - Long Logo (Transparent 2036 x 564 px)

Building a leading UK alternative and emergency water services business

Adam Johnson raised his search fund in the UK in 2019, right before the pandemic. In 2022 he acquired Water Direct, an alternative and emergency water services company. A year later he also acquired Liquiline, creating the leading water supply services company in the UK. Istria played a lead investor role in the acquisition and Simon sits on the board, working with Adam and the rest of the team and helping them take the business to the next level. 

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Leading developer of plugins for video creators

Long time university friends Andrzej Basiukiewicz and Wojciech Korpal were the search fund pioneers in Poland. In 2020 they acquired MotionVFX, a leading creator of plugins and templates that had been setting trends and pushing the boundaries of motion design for Apple’s Final Cut Pro software for more than 10 years. Together with the company founder, they are building a market leader in the production of plugins & templates across different platforms, and we are very excited to be part of that journey!

These are some of the entrepreneurs
we have partnered with.
You could be the next one.

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Investing in search funds since

€55M+

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OUR PURPOSE

A people-driven approach
to search fund investing

We believe that people and teams typically drive over 50% of the outcome of a search fund investment. Our goal is to empower our entrepreneurs and create a supportive environment where they can thrive, learn, and grow.

Ignacio, Simon and the Istria team is a great partner for us with
their professionalism and easy-going attitude. They’re very supportive
and helpful, always available on short notice and happy to dig into
details, and generously share their contacts and network. We really
enjoy working with the Istria team and hope to continue doing so for
many years to come!

HELENA AHLSTRÖM AND IVAR SCHMIDTCEOs, FROTCOM

Istria’s support was invaluable to us during the acquisition phase - their knowledge of the search fund model, experience in structuring complex deals across jurisdictions, and sheer willingness to help at all times during the execution stage, really helped us to put all other investors at ease and get the deal over the line. They carry a tremendous amount of trust and respect in the search fund community - seeing first hand how they’ve helped us in closing Velis, I truly understand why and I cannot recommend them enough!

PAWEL MALON AND MAREK JAKUBÓWCEOs, VELIS

Istria has been of unvaluable help to us during our search process as well as now operating the company. With a full skillset in commercial, legal and financial topics the Istria team has given us great advice in many areas. We also have access to their deep professional network. Finally, Simon and Ignacio always have an open line for us.

FLAVIEN REILLE AND SEBASTIEN WEYLANDCEOs, THEIA

Istria has been there to help in every stage of the search, acquisition and management process. Their experienced approach to search fund transactions was key to identify target company strengths and weaknesses and cover for any potential risks during due diligence. Also, their active involvement in acquisition conversations was critical to get to transaction closing and highly valued by all investors involved in the process.

CARLOS FERNANDEZCEO, SALVAVIDAS CARDIO