Elmhurst Capital – Boutique Investment Company – Elmhurst Capital – Flexible capital for start-ups and mature businesses alike
  • Seed:

    $25K to $250K

    Elmhurst Capital invests in companies with dramatic growth potential, primarily in technology and highly-scalable services businesses.

  • Growth Capital:

    $250K to $2.5M

    Elmhurst Capital makes growth capital investments, both minority, and majority stake, in relatively mature companies.

  • Buyout:

    $2.5M to $30M

    Elmhurst Capital provides flexible capital to mature businesses seeking full or partial liquidity for ownership.

  • Special Situations:

    $2.5M to $30M

    Elmhurst Capital provides help for business that have run into temporary challenging situations.

  • Bridge Loan:

    $50K to $1M

    Elmhurst Capital provides bridges loans for growing start-ups.

Elmhurst Capital’s Recent Investments

CFX Investing

Year: 2016

Industry: Fin-Tech – Providing Secondary Market for Alternative Investments

Type: Seed Capital

Status: On-going

Website: https://cfxtrading.com/

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Year: 2016
Industry: Latin Focused Digital Media Company
Type: Growth Capital
Website: http://remezcla.com/

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Colorlab Cosmetics

Year: 2015
Industry: Contract Manufacturer of Custom Cosmetics
Type: Speical Situation Acquisition
Website: http://www.colorlabprivatelabel.com/

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Viking Peak Energy

Website: http://www.vikingpeakenergy.com/

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Listing to Leasing

Website: https://listing2leasing.com/

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Investment Criteria

Company Preferences

  • Revenues $3.0 to $30.0 million
  • Positive EBITDA
  • Diverse, Loyal, and growing customer Base
  • Recurring revenue, preferably with long-term contracts
  • Owner willing to sell all or the majority of the Company’s ownership
  • Solid employee relations with high retention rates.  Not unionized.
  • Low regulatory risk
  • Identifiable growth opportunities
  • Low annual capital requirements
  • Motivated Seller

Industry Preferences

  • Well-positioned in growing and fragmented industry
  • Business, back-office, and tech-enabled services
  • Niche manufacturing and distributors
  • Tailwinds for industry growth
  • Solid employees and middle management
  • Low regulatory risk
  • Relatively high barriers to entry
  • No heavy manufacturing, retail or consulting

Owner Benefits

  • Looking to cash in on the value in the business (majority sale)
  • Wanting some liquidity and reduced daily obligations (partial sale)
  • Interested in capital and expertise to take the business to the next level (growth capital)
  • Serial Entrepreneur ready for the next venture
  • Company looking to divest its non-core business
  • Non-management shareholders looking to divest their ownership
  • Protection and long-term security for organization and employees

Why Elmhurst Capital

Elmhurst Capital seeks out fair transactions with good partners and sellers in a transparent manner with unwavering integrity.


We conduct business with an intense focus on integrity and professionalism. Our goal is to ensure the owner leaves the transaction satisfied with all aspects of the deal and deal process


Elmhurst Capital brings a wealth of experience across numerous sectors to help ensure successful transactions.

Flexible Structure

As entrepreneurs ourselves, Elmhurst Capital is able to think outside the box on deal structure.

Quick Transaction

Elmhurst Capital is well funded and able to provide both quick and certain execution.

Employee Focus

We believe that maintaining strong relationships with existing management teams and employees is critical. We will work with the seller to make the transition smooth for employees.

Record of Success

We have a demonstrated track record of buying, building, and exiting companies generating strong results for all parties.

Our Team

Our team consists of leading professionals with entrepreneurial, financial and operational experience across a broad range of industries and geographies.

  • Adam Panfil Managing Partner
    Adam Panfil Managing Partner

    Prior to joining Elmhurst Capital, Adam worked at a healthcare services company he founded and grew to over 10,000 customers. Adam will be focusing on acquisitions and improving sales and operational processes for Elmhurst Capital portfolio companies. Before founding his healthcare services company Adam spent 10 years as Director of Acquisitions at an investment real estate firm where he was a part of over 100 acquisitions valued at over $500,000.  Currently Adam is also providing consulting services for two startups, one in Fintech and one in the Bridal Industry.

  • Adam McCombs Managing Partner
    Adam McCombs Managing Partner

    Adam McCombs shares overall execution of Elmhurst Capital’s strategy, with particular emphasis on venture and growth investments in internet sectors. Adam is involved with Elmhurst Capital’s investments in JumpForward, Innovative Sports Strategies, Hema Imaging, Clippn, BMG, and Remezcla.

    Mr. McCombs brings almost two decades of experience in entrepreneurship, business and technology strategy, and product vision and execution. This experience was developed and harnessed at Cisco Systems, Inc. by growing a portfolio of multi-million dollar product lines. After Cisco Systems, Inc, Mr. McCombs founded and became the CEO of JumpForward where he successful co-led the acquisition of JumpForward with Brian Duggan to Vista Equity Partners.

    Mr. McCombs holds a degree in Management Information Systems and Accounting in a Bachelor of Business in Science from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management, and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame – Mendoza School of Business. Mr. McCombs also holds two Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE – 10,116) certificates from Cisco Systems, Inc.

    Mr. McCombs’ Awards and Recognition during his tenure at JumpForward

    Inner City 100 # 44– JumpForward 2016

    Inc. 5,000 Award – JumpForwad 2014, 2015, & 2016

    Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For – JumpForward 2015 & 2016:

  • Brian Duggan Managing Partner
    Brian Duggan Managing Partner

    Brian Duggan shares overall execution of Elmhurst Capital’s strategy, with particular emphasis on financing, operations, and investor relations. Mr. Duggan brings Elmhurst Capital almost two decades of experience in entrepreneurship, real estate, finance and investments having acquired, developed, managed and disposed of more than $1 billion in real estate across all asset classes. He was previously a Director at the Harlem Irving Companies and also worked with Mesirow Financial Real Estate, Ernst & Young Corporate Finance, and UBS Paine Webber.

    Mr. Duggan has a degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Science in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Virginia, and an MBA in Finance and Real Estate from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also an Illinois Real Estate Broker.

  • Megan VanVelzel Investment Associate
    Megan VanVelzel Investment Associate

    Megan VanVelzel joins Elmhurst Capital as the newest member of the team. She supports Elmhurst Capital’s investment sourcing, underwriting and diligence process as well as ongoing monitoring and analysis of investments. Prior to joining Elmhurst Capital Ms. VanVelzel assisted with loss mitigation and asset management duties at Bank of America and Loan Resolution Corporation. Megan holds a bachelor’s degree from the Arizona State University.

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