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About Us


Next Sparc is a Cleveland-based, professional family office that makes direct investments in rapidly growing founder-led and family-owned businesses. We leverage our entrepreneurial experience, operational expertise, insights from 100+ transactions since 2009, and a repeatable playbook to grow and scale companies.

We are guided by a unique investment philosophy: To build exceptional businesses and teams for the long term, and accelerate lasting, sustainable growth, rather than focusing on short-term exit strategies.

Our goal is to build partnerships with like-minded individuals who are ready to experience how our value-added expertise and proven best practices can be the indelible Sparc that takes their business to the next level.  

Portfolio

We have made more than 100 investments and are strategically and significantly growing our portfolio. Learn more about the Next Sparc family of companies below.

  • All
  • Business Services
  • Consumer
  • Manufacturing & Distribution
  • Technology

Flexjet

GenomOncology

Coms Interactive

ApplyBoard

Hoodmart

Rosetta-Brulant

Kinetiq Digital

Robots and Pencils

Zilker

Simcom

Tiger Pistol

Way Interglobal Network

Tuvoli

Terrapin Ridge Farms

Stonebriar

Stonebriar

Revel Bikes

The Right Match

What we look for in investment opportunities

Next Sparc is aggressively seeking majority acquisition and/or controlling interest investments in the emerging technology space. We are targeting eCommerce (online retail) companies and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions focused on Marketing Technology and Health Care/Fitness.

The Online Retail targets that we pursue generally fit the following criteria:
Revenues of $3M-50M (or more) ideally with gross margins of 40%, EBITDA of at least 10%
For smaller sized businesses, must show a market opportunity to grow to $25M+ over next 2-5 years or tuck-in possibilities for existing portfolio
Prefer capital efficient situations: primarily drop ship, low inventory, no or very limited physical retail locations
Consumable driven products with strong hobby or affinity group; anything that results in re-ordering and includes a repeatable customer base (Food Crafting is a great example)
Home Furnishings and designer items
Sports & Fitness, including outdoor fitness, triathlons, biking, cycling, running, skiing, yoga, golf, hiking, and apparel
For SaaS opportunities, we look for the following:
Revenues of $5M-30M (or more)
Solutions which include heavy focus on leveraging mobile and social media platforms
Vertical focus on Marketing Technology (Analytics, Search Marketing, Lead Generation, etc.) and Health Care/Fitness
We are dedicated to building a great portfolio of companies that can leverage a common technology and operational infrastructure. Your enterprise could be the next great addition to our team. Contact us today to discuss how we can provide the spark to help your business grow to the next level!

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If your business, or a business you are representing, fits our investment profile, we're ready to have a meaningful discussion with you about potential partnership opportunities.