Since our inception in 1989, we have raised approximately
$3.5 billion and invested in 310 companies.
9 Industrial Solutions Companies
15 Healthcare Companies
32 Technology & Services Companies
Our Principal Investments group includes three investment strategies:
Since 1989, Baird Capital has raised and invested capital in high-potential companies through a series of private equity partnerships. Baird is a meaningful investor in the Baird Capital funds, and third-party investors and qualified Baird associates are also investors in the funds. Since inception, Baird Capital and related legacy entities have collectively raised and managed approximately $3.5 billion and made 310 investments.
We believe our portfolio companies need more than financial capital to succeed. That's why we provide operating partners, access to resources and industry expertise through the broader Baird network and other resources to help them reach their full potential. Baird Capital invests through two distinct investment platforms: Global Private Equity and U.S. Venture Capital.
Our Global Private Equity platform invests in lower middle-market companies in the U.S., U.K. and Asia. We make growth equity and buyout investments in high-potential businesses in our sectors of focus – technology & services, healthcare and industrial solutions. This unique structure has built a diverse investment portfolio in Baird Capital Global Fund I, providing investors exposure to investments across industries and geographies.
Our Venture Capital platform makes early- and expansion-stage investments in high-potential, U.S.-based companies in the healthcare and technology & services sectors. We are one of the largest venture capital firms focused on mid-stage companies in the greater Midwest region. We made thoughtful, disciplined investments in 2018 and continued to expand our geographic reach. We formed a strategic partnership with the Texas Medical Center, a world leader in collaborative medicine and research. The partnership unites Baird Capital's venture investing expertise with TMC's growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. As such, we established a new office in Houston.
Our global team includes 56 investment, operating and support professionals who collaborate across geographies to support our entire portfolio.
We made prudent, disciplined investments and drove realizations in our existing portfolio in 2018. Across both funds, we realized $121.9 million and deployed $103.6 million in five new investments. Additionally, we made 25 follow-on investments totaling $33.2 million to support the growth of our portfolio companies.