Diamond State Ventures (DSV) is a private equity and venture capital firm focused on small and lower middle-market company investments in Arkansas, as well as the Midwest and Southeast US. DSV looks to commit $1 to $5 million per investment, which can take the form of subordinated debt, preferred equity or a combination of the two. Prospective transaction situations include growth capital financings, management buyouts, family successions, recapitalizations, and early stage investments. Sectors of interest include niche manufacturing, business services, media, consumer products and services, education, healthcare, and technology. DSV will not invest in seed or startup companies. Diamond State Ventures is based in Little Rock.
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In the last 3 years, Diamond State Ventures has acquired 1 company. It has also invested in 1 other.
Diamond State Ventures’ most common sectors for investment are manufacturing (15%) and retail (15%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (62%) and secondary buyout (15%). In total, Diamond State Ventures has invested in 13 US states.
In the last 3 years, Diamond State Ventures has exited 2 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (67%).
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