At NMP, our investment philosophy is centered squarely on the entrepreneurs with whom we partner. In addition to capital, the firm’s goal is to provide energy, connections and domain expertise to strong entrepreneurs in order to help them succeed.
Because most growing companies face business plan challenges, require management additions and need to raise follow-on capital, NMP is attracted to entrepreneurs who not only possess strong leadership characteristics, but who also exhibit flexibility and a willingness to hear new ideas. The strongest endorsement of our investment philosophy is the ongoing relationships we have built with the entrepreneurs we have backed in more than 190 portfolio companies.
In considering new investments, our process begins with an understanding that fundraising consumes a significant amount of management’s time. We try hard to review business plans in a timely manner and for those opportunities that interest us, we commit a team to the pre-investment analysis in order to be as efficient as possible in determining the firm’s level of interest. The partnership has full authority to commit substantial resources without further approval and, therefore, is able to work expeditiously with entrepreneurs and business owners.
NMP typically plays an active investor role in portfolio companies. As a board member in 90% of our investments, NMP assists the management team in setting strategy, structuring the growing organization, finding key personnel, assisting with financial planning, raising additional capital to support growth and gaining liquidity for the investment at the appropriate time.