Philosophy

The name "Bluestem" was chosen to honor the monarch of the prairie grasses - Big Bluestem. Our Midwestern "roots" serve as a foundation from which we expand our desire to excel at the financial development of our partners, our investors and the communities we serve.

And while phone calls and e-mails are effective forms of communication, we prefer shaking hands, meeting face-to-face and getting to know our business partners and their teams. 

This map, showing current portfolio company locations, reflects our Midwestern roots:


Investment Criteria*

The Companies We Look For Have:

  • Management teams of high integrity, strong work ethic, with a proven, successful track record in the industry of the proposed business and a substantial financial investment in the company.
     
  • Products or services that have been tested and well received in the marketplace and have market barriers to entry.
     
  • A team that supports a “win-win” structure, meaning the entrepreneur can only win if Bluestem’s investors win.
     
  • Industries we understand well.
     
  • A strong group of co-investors who will have the ability to continue supporting the company.

Industries

These are the sectors in which Bluestem-managed funds have invested.


Typical Structure*

We have a successful record of investing capital in various early to late-stage companies. Our officers have over 85 years of collective business and private equity experience.

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