SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Alpine Investors (“Alpine”), a people-driven private equity firm committed to building enduring businesses, announced that it was named to Inc.’s 2022 Founder-Friendly Investors list.

“We are thrilled to receive this award for the fourth year in a row,” said Graham Weaver, CEO and Founding Partner at Alpine Investors. “Our PeopleFirst philosophy drives every aspect of our business and makes us distinctly certified to support the fantastic founders and entrepreneurs who we partner with. We are incredibly proud to be there for every step of their journeys.”

Inc., Alpine and other firms named to this year’s list make discernable efforts to be investment partners that entrepreneurs can trust and collaborate with while receiving the financial support they need to help accelerate growth. Alpine, which has again earned Inc.’s seal of approval, stands to differentiate itself from other private equity firms in the space by being a force for good.

As Alpine looks ahead to 2023, the firm is dedicated to supporting its founders and business owners with its PeopleFirst playbook dedicated to employee growth and development. By continuing to add exceptional talent through its CEO-In-Training (CIT) program, Alpine’s PeopleFirst operating philosophy is at the core of its business. Alpine looks forward to another year of hard work, supporting others, and building enduring business partnerships in service to the incredible founders and teams who run them.

“Fully investing in an entrepreneur, and their innovative vision, involves far more than the financial investment. By developing relationships with and supporting entrepreneurs for the long-term, these private equity firms are more than investors, they’re partners,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. media.

Introduced in 2019, the Founder-Friendly Private Equity Firms list quickly established itself as one of Inc.’s most resourceful franchises. It has become a go-to guide for entrepreneurs who want to grow their companies while retaining an ownership stake. To compile the list, Inc. went straight to the source: entrepreneurs who have sold to private equity and venture capital firms. Founders filled out a questionnaire about their experiences partnering with private equity and venture capital firms and shared data on how their portfolio companies have grown during these partnerships.

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About Alpine Investors

Alpine Investors is a people-driven private equity firm that is committed to building enduring companies by working with, learning from, and developing exceptional people. Alpine specializes in investments in companies in the software and services industries. Its PeopleFirst strategy includes a talent program which allows Alpine to bring leadership to situations where additional or new management is needed post-transaction. Alpine is currently investing out of its over $2.25 billion eighth fund. For more information, visit

About Inc.

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community they need to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit


Inc. is a New York City-based media brand for entrepreneurs and is not affiliated with Alpine. Alpine did pay a fee for submission or acceptance of the award. For more information about the selection criteria and process, please visit

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