For businesses big and small, scaling remains one of the most daunting parts of entrepreneurship. Whether it’s a successful start-up that has only started to look beyond viability or a relatively large and successful company that aims to become IPO-ready, scaling promises unique challenges that can sink even the most successful.
There are various problems that can further aggravate a hasty, or premature, attempt to scale. These can include having the wrong networks, a lack of capital, or improper prioritization. One of the most common problems, however, is simply a lack of experience and expertise in a specific industry, or even in general company management.
As someone with first-hand experience in entrepreneurship, as well as Venture Capital (VC), Stavros Stefanopoulos saw how effective partnerships can cause exponential growth for both firms and their clients. Today, he leads SS Investment Group (SSIG), a strategic venture capital firm that fuels innovative, market-disrupting businesses.
In his over 15 years in VC, Stavros has raised, invested, and co-invested over $75 million for companies across industries ranging from mining and real estate to technology and entertainment. Through the years, Stavros developed not only a solid reputation for developing new market opportunities, and being ahead of industry trends, but also for having a deep understanding of the shortcomings of traditional venture capital firms.
To this end, Stavros founded SS Investment Group, from the get-go, as a strategic capital firm, one that goes beyond many VC’s “sit and wait” approach. Rather, he focuses on meaningful, partnership-driven investments.
“Our vast network and experience are what makes us different from your traditional venture capital firm,” shares Stavros. “Like our clients, we ourselves are entrepreneurs and strategists who truly understand the work that goes into building companies. Unlike your traditional venture capital firm, SSIG has access to vast networks, resources, and expertise that we apply to open doors that our clients cannot.”
Aside from the access to additional capital that VC firms offer, SSIG services range from access to M&A opportunities, IPOs, and RTOs to management advising and consulting from respected industry advisors. Even in its capital offerings, SSIG applies a unique touch by structuring their capital to best fit the needs of each client.
“Beyond just investors, we always aim to become true incubators for our clients to ensure that they achieve success through our full continuum of tailor-fit integrated advisory services and capital solutions,” continues Stavros Stefanopoulos.
Stavros’s unique approach with SSIG has since paid dividends for both the firm and its various clients, and the firm has successfully sold businesses to both private and public companies. They’ve also assisted multiple clients to become publicly listed companies in some of the biggest markets like OTCQX/OTCQB and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). The firm has also completed over $50M in M&A transactions in emerging industries like mining, tech, and cannabis.
You can learn more about Stavros Stefanopoulos and SS Investment Group through their Instagram @ssig.inc
and website www.ssig.com
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