Our business model
Talent10 Holdings is an investment holding company and our investment philosophy is based on partnering management, not dictating to them. Our capital is on balance sheet and not part of a fund and thus there is no pressure to exit after 5 years as is the case with private equity funds.
Talent10 Holdings influences the investee companies from its position on the boards of the said companies to maximise value creation. The support offered to our investee companies can take many forms including financial, strategic, managerial, sales and marketing, access to diverse commercial networks or deal making expertise.
We believe in creating value through entrepreneurship
We deeply understand the issues faced by entrepreneurs.
Our personal experience in building our own company brick by brick, the experience gained from the various companies in which we have invested and the many company owners that we have advised for over 20 years has given us this innate understanding.
Our Investment Strategy
Our approach is to create long term value – thus our mindset is business-centric not transaction-centric. Business longevity dictates the transaction. We believe that company value is built primarily through business growth and we will only invest in those businesses where we are confident of being able to add real value to help achieve this.
We only invest in companies where executive management holds a significant shareholding ─ before and after our investment ─ and where we can bring value to the business over and above the funding we provide.
We seek long-term partnerships with the companies in which we invest, sharing the same risks and rewards as other shareholders for time frames of several years or more.
We believe differentiated technology provides the best platform from which to build a profitable and sustainable company. All of our investee companies possess strong technology differentiators and we look for this in any target company.
Partnership mentality is another important part of our philosophy. Our team commits fully to our investments and are as involved as the business requires for growth. This encourages strong, stable relationships, built on trust and mutual respect with a company’s management team.
What kind of investor are we?
We believe we are a partner with whom our companies can develop a supportive relationship over a number of years, yet who will be bold enough to challenge managements thinking and practice in the interest of the business.
When we invest in a company, each and every professional in our firm commits his or her network, creativity and resources towards achieving its success.
Our goal is to become an asset to management, whether that means acting as an informed sounding board or actively participating in strategic initiatives and operations.
Our portfolio companies’ experience of Talent10 is our reference.
Our investment activity has been spread over diverse industry sectors that include Technology, Financial Services, Logistics, Health Care, HVAC, Agri processing, mining services, various manufacturing businesses and education and training.
In each of these fields we have developed a deep base of relevant industry knowledge and an extensive network of professional contacts. Throughout the team at Talent Holdings’ history, we have enjoyed meaningful success investing in industries of which we had no experience prior to our first investment in that industry.
We love working with entrepreneurs and our portfolio companies’ experience of Talent10 is our reference.