BluWave recently announced the 2023 Top Private Equity Innovators. View the full list.

The 2022 Top Private Equity Innovator Awards recipients were selected through a rigorous assessment in consultation with leading limited partners, investment bankers, and other thought leaders in the private equity ecosystem. BluWave partners with more than 500 leading private equity firms and has a one-of-a-kind perspective that enables it to uniquely understand best practices and innovation in private equity.

The private equity firms considered for this recognition were assessed across the following criteria*:

Proactive due diligence practices

Transformative value creation

Modern private equity firm operations


Below is a list of this year’s Top 50 Private Equity Innovators.

Company HQ City HQ State Hidden
Accel-KKR Menlo Park California
Advent International Boston Massachusetts
Align Capital Partners Shaker Heights Ohio
Altamont Capital Partners Palo Alto California
Aterian Investment Partners New York New York
Avance New York New York
Bain Capital Boston Massachusetts
Bertram Capital Foster City California
BPOC Chicago Illinois
Blue Sea Capital West Palm Beach Florida
Clairvest Group Toronto Ontario
Cortec Group New York New York
Council Capital Nashville Tennessee
Cressey & Company Chicago Illinois
Crest Rock Partners Denver Colorado
DFW Capital Partners Teaneck New Jersey
Encore Consumer Capital San Francisco California
Francisco Partners San Francisco California
Gemspring Capital Westport Connecticut
Genstar Capital San Francisco California
Great Hill Partners Boston Massachusetts
Great Range Capital Mission Woods Kansas
GreyLion Capital New York New York
GrowthCurve Capital New York New York
GTCR Chicago Illinois
The Halifax Group Washington District of Columbia
Heartwood Partners Norwalk Connecticut
Hellman & Friedman San Francisco California
Hidden Harbor Capital Partners Boca Raton Florida
Housatonic Partners San Francisco California
ICV Partners Miami Florida
Industrial Opportunity Partners Evanston Illinois
Inverness Graham Wayne Pennsylvania
Juggernaut Capital Partners Washington District of Columbia
LLR Partners Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Long Ridge New York New York
Main Post Partners San Francisco California
MidOcean Partners New York New York
Nautic Partners Providence Rhode Island
New Harbor Capital Chicago Illinois
New State Capital Partners Larchmont New York
Pamlico Capital Charlotte North Carolina
ParkerGale Capital Chicago Illinois
Periscope Equity Chicago Illinois
Serent Capital San Francisco California
Sun Capital Partners, Inc. Boca Raton Florida
The Riverside Company New York New York
Trivest Partners Coral Gables Florida
Water Street Healthcare Partners Chicago Illinois

*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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