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Stephen Einhorn

Emerging Industries  |  Venture Capital
Partner and co-founder
Capital Midwest Fund  |  Mequon

As founder and leader of Mequon-based consulting firm Einhorn Associates, Stephen Einhorn participated in the sale and purchase of over 200 businesses. Shifting from investment banking to venture capital, Einhorn founded Mequon-based Capital Midwest Fund in the mid-2000s. Its investments are focused on revenue-stage companies, particularly those related to business-to-business technology solutions, software services, advanced manufacturing, industrial and health care markets. Its fourth fund closed in November 2021 with more than $41 million raised; it is targeting $100 million in total.

Education: Bachelor’s, Cornell University; Master’s, Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute

Two business leaders that you would like to have dinner with: “Thomas Edison because he was able to combine great scientific ability with amazing practicality. Adam Smith because he understood and explained how ‘the invisible hand’ guides all businesspeople to provide value to their customers, which acts as a protector against excessive personal greed.”

Favorite destinations: “Prague and New York City.”

As you enter your office, what would you choose to be your walk-up theme song:  “‘Take a Chance on Me’ by Abba. Everyone wants to get a chance to prove their ability and succeed.”

Biggest risk you’ve ever taken:  “To start a business and shift from a paint chemist to a merger and acquisition consultant. I knew little about M&A and had to learn by trial and error how to reduce my business mistakes.”

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