November 05, 2020
Gauge Capital Named in Inc.'s 2020 Private Equity 50 List

Southlake, TX – Inc. announced its second annual Private Equity 50 list, honoring the most founder-friendly PE firms that help founder-led businesses thrive, even in the face of unprecedented challenges. The final list recognizes 50 firms that entrepreneurs can trust, collaborate with on new strategies, and look to help in financing acquisitions during these uncertain times. All 50 have a successful track record of backing entrepreneurs.

“I get the chance to interact with many entrepreneurs who have relentless drive and want to build a business that fixes problems, improves a process, or make the world a better place. But to do that, it often takes the backing from a private equity firm that will provide more than just financial backing. It takes wholeheartedly supporting that vision and treating the founders like partners,” says, Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc.

“The team is honored to be included in such a prestigious list,” said Tom McKelvey, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Gauge. “Partnering with entrepreneurs and providing the strategic resources to maximize their growth potential is the backbone of what we do at Gauge Capital.”

“We look forward to continually partnering with founders that are excited about a collaborative partnership model, where they can leverage our complementary operational and investing backgrounds to help drive the next chapter of growth,” said Drew Johnson, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Gauge.

Gauge has a track record of partnering with founder-led businesses to help achieve long-term and sustainable value creation. Gauge is led by an investment team with over 75 years of combined experience, and as the largest investor in our own funds, our interests are truly aligned with those of our partners. Gauge will continue to seek out partnerships that foster a collective and loyal partnership, focused on achieving continued success and growth.

To compile the list, Inc. went straight to the source: entrepreneurs who have sold to private equity. Founders filled out a questionnaire about their experiences partnering with private equity firms and shared data on how their portfolio companies have grown during these partnerships.

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Introduced in 2019, the 50 Founder-Friendly Private Equity Firms list quickly established itself as one of Inc.’s most resourceful franchises. It has become a go-to guide for entrepreneurs who want to grow their companies while retaining an ownership stake.

About Inc. (
The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community they need to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc.


Gauge Capital is a private equity firm that partners with founders, managers and equity stakeholders of successful middle market companies to maximize their potential. Gauge invests in rapidly growing services and technology-enabled companies in the healthcare services, business services, industrial, consumer and food sectors. For more information, please contact Andrew Peix, Managing Director of Business Development at