Private Equity Firms Recognized by BluWave’s 2024 Top PE Innovator Awards Point to Growth-Minded Action

BluWave’s third annual awards program recognizes the top 2 percent of North America’s most innovative private equity firms

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--()--BluWave, the Business Builders’ Network that connects the private equity industry with best-in-class talent, industry consultants and service providers, today announced the recipients of the third annual Top Private Equity Innovator Awards and the Private Equity Innovator of the Year*.

The Top Private Equity Innovator awards recognize the top 2% of private equity firms that differentially embrace proactive due diligence, transformative value creation, modern private equity firm operations and corporate citizenship practices.

Baltimore-based private equity firm Access Holdings was selected as the 2024 Private Equity Innovator of the Year for its overall innovative practices.

“The 2024 top private equity innovators are providing differential leadership in the world of business,” said Sean Mooney, founder and CEO of BluWave. “Their innovative practices are strengthening companies, creating jobs and catalyzing a rebound in our economy.”

The Top Private Equity Innovator awardees were selected by a cross-functional committee that assessed candidates in consultation with a broad universe of limited partners, investment bankers, industry thought leaders and service providers in the private equity ecosystem. As part of their selection process, the committee evaluated more than 5,000 private equity firms and utilized more than 75 different factors, incorporating more than 400,000 data points.

The complete list of recipients includes the following firms:

  • Accel-KKR
  • Access Holdings
  • Alpine Investors
  • Altamont Capital Partners
  • Aterian Investment Partners
  • Avance
  • Bain Capital
  • Bertram Capital
  • Blue Sea Capital
  • Brighton Park Capital
  • Broad Sky Partners
  • Charlesbank Capital Partners
  • Clairvest Group Inc.
  • Compass Group Equity Partners
  • Cortec Group
  • Council Capital
  • Cressey & Company
  • Crest Rock Partners
  • Diversis Capital
  • FFL Partners
  • Frazier Healthcare Growth Buyout
  • Frontenac
  • Gauge Capital
  • Gemspring Capital
  • Genstar Capital
  • Great Hill Partners
  • Great Range Capital
  • GreyLion Partners
  • Gridiron Capital
  • GrowthCurve Capital
  • GTCR
  • HCI Equity Partners
  • Heartwood Partners
  • Hidden Harbor Capital Partners
  • Housatonic Partners
  • Huron Capital
  • ICV Partners, LLC
  • Incline Equity Partners
  • Industrial Opportunity Partners
  • Inverness Graham
  • Kinzie Capital Partners
  • LFM Capital
  • Livingbridge
  • LLR Partners
  • Long Ridge Equity Partners
  • Lovell Minnick Partners
  • Main Post Partners
  • McNally Capital
  • MiddleGround Capital
  • MidOcean Partners
  • Monomoy Capital Partners
  • New Harbor Capital
  • New Heritage Capital
  • New Mountain Capital
  • New State Capital Partners
  • NexPhase Capital
  • Nordic Capital
  • Norwest Equity Partners
  • OpenGate Capital
  • ParkerGale Capital
  • Periscope Equity
  • Permanent Equity
  • Platform Partners
  • Platte River Equity
  • Polaris Growth Fund
  • Prairie Capital
  • Quad-C Management, Inc.
  • Resurgens Technology Partners
  • RFE Investment Partners
  • Ronin Equity Partners
  • Serent Capital
  • Shore Capital Partners
  • Shoreline Equity Partners
  • Sixth Street Partners
  • Strattam Capital
  • Sumeru Equity Partners
  • Summit Partners
  • The Halifax Group
  • The Riverside Company
  • Trinity Hunt Partners
  • Trive Capital
  • Trivest Partners

As the go-to connector of private equity-grade resources for the due diligence and value creation needs of the business builders of PE, BluWave has a one-of-a-kind perspective that enables it to uniquely understand best practices and innovation in the private equity industry. BluWave matches private equity firms with top PE-grade service providers across their critical due diligence, value creation and prep-for-sale initiatives. BluWave recently completed its fourth year of sharing key trends across the private equity industry via its Private Equity Insights Report series.

For further information on the BluWave 2024 Top Private Equity Innovator Awards, including the selection process, selection criteria and recipients, please visit

About BluWave

BluWave is the Business Builders’ Network for private equity-grade service provider needs. The company’s platform combines AI, technology and data with concierge-like consultative support to expertly connect businesses with proven providers across due diligence, value creation and prep for sale. The BluWave Vetted™ network is an invite-only ecosystem of top-tier service-providing groups and individuals. Based in Nashville, Tenn., BluWave ranks as one of America’s fastest-growing companies and today serves hundreds of leading private equity firms and thousands of portfolio companies.

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About BluWave PE Industry Insights Report

The BluWave Private Equity Insights report is derived from an analysis of BluWave’s proprietary data involving thousands of projects across due diligence and value creation made by the private equity industry and its dealmakers as they contact BluWave for their third-party resource needs. Given that hundreds of private equity firms and their substantial pool of affiliated portfolio companies leverage BluWave for resource needs at the onset of thousands of due diligence and value creation projects, the proprietary data captured in the BluWave PE Insights report is a market-leading indicator of both dealmaker sentiment and portfolio strategy. When paired with relevant market trends and data, the BluWave PE Insights report is a valuable empirical indication of dealmaker historical and future behavior.

*BluWave, LP has not received investment capital from and holds no ownership interest in the PE firms evaluated or recognized under the PE Innovator awards program. BluWave received no compensation from any of the PE firms in connection with this awards program. However, BluWave may otherwise provide services to the PE firms and/or portfolio companies, but BluWave confirms that its assessment of the PE firms was independent of any such service arrangements. Top 2% in the PE industry is based on BluWave’s review of the more than 5,000 PE firms in the U.S. and Canada from which the 82 PE firms were selected as award recipients.