2022 PE Innovator of the Year, MiddleGround Capital

PE Firms

Our inaugural 2022 Top 50 PE Innovator Awards recognized the top 1% of firms in the private equity industry as determined by BluWave for their innovative practices in:*

  • Proactive Due Diligence Practices
  • Transformative Value Creation
  • Progressive Private Equity Firm Operations
  • ESG

As part of our awards, we recognized MiddleGround Capital as the 2022 PE Innovator of the Year due to their differential achievements across the above categories. MiddleGround makes control equity investments in B2B industrial and specialty distribution businesses. The firm was founded by John Stewart, Lauren Mulholland, and Scot Duncan in 2018. MiddleGround partners with small and mid-sized businesses, providing extensive operational resources to help them build and grow. The firm is a signatory to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, which provides a framework for investing responsibly and integrating ESG practices into investment practices.

Learn more about why MiddleGround was selected for this top award as well as their approaches to due diligence, value creation, pe firm operations, and ESG in the video below.

View the full list of awardees here.


*BluWave, LP has not received investment capital from and holds no ownership interest in the PE firms evaluated or recognized under the Top 50 PE Innovator awards program. BluWave received no compensation from any of the PE firms in connection with this awards program. However, BluWave may otherwise provide services to the PE firms and/or portfolio companies, but BluWave confirms that its assessment of the PE firms was independent of any such service arrangements. Top 1% in the PE industry is based on BluWave’s review of the more than 5,000 PE firms in the U.S. and Canada from which 50 PE firms were selected as award recipients.


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