Anzu Partners Named to Inc.’s 2022 List of Founder-Friendly Investors

For the second consecutive year, Inc. recognized Anzu Partners for its commitment to breakthrough technology founders and entrepreneurs

BOSTON & SAN DIEGO & TAMPA, Fla. & WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Anzu Partners, an investment firm that focuses on early stage industrial and life science technology companies, today announced that it was named to Inc.’s 2022 List of Founder Friendly Investors. The annual list honors the private equity and venture capital firms with the best track records of success backing entrepreneurs.

The final list recognized 184 firms that entrepreneurs collaborate with and trust as they receive the financial support they need to help drive growth. All 184 have successful track records of remaining actively involved with the businesses they invest in.

“We are delighted to be named to the Inc. Founder Friendly List for the second year in a row, as it validates the level of support and guidance we provide to founders growing their businesses,” said Whitney Haring-Smith, managing partner at Anzu Partners. “Our team understands the challenges faced by early-stage deep tech companies and has both the technical knowledge and business expertise to support the founders from inception to IPO.”

In 2021, Anzu announced the launch of its third venture fund and has already invested in more than six founder-led companies For example, Anzu backed the founding team at Arduino, a venture that designs, manufactures, and supports electronic devices and software, allowing people around the world to easily access advanced technologies that interact with the physical world. To support this portfolio growth and to guide its deep tech founders, Anzu has continued to build a world-class team with scientific and technical backgrounds that can navigate the complex hard tech landscape.

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

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About Anzu Partners

Anzu Partners is an investment firm that focuses on industrial and life science technology companies with the potential to transform their industries. Anzu works with entrepreneurs to develop and commercialize technological innovations by providing capital alongside deep expertise in business development, market positioning, intellectual property, global connectivity, and operations. For more information, please visit

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