Wildcat was founded in 2011 as the single-family office for David Bonderman and focuses on making partnership centric investments in leading companies.
Our institutional approach and flexible mandate promote collaboration and alignment with our management partners, driving value creation over the long term.
We Are Thematic Growth Investors
Wildcat employs a thematically driven approach to identify best-in-class management teams and growth-oriented companies across sectors. We aim to provide our partners with a deep level of strategic support, capital, and time to build enduring businesses across any stage of the maturity curve.
Digital Customer Engagement, Automotive Services
Series A lead, participant in Series B through C
Primary Growth Capital
Express Car Wash, Automotive Services
Secondary Buyout & Primary Growth Capital
Wildcat invests in people and seeks to build long-term aligned relationships with our management partners. We aim to provide the equity capital, strategic insights, and a deep network to drive opportunity for our partners.
CEO, Express Wash Concepts
"Wildcat has been a critical partner in supporting EWC over the years; direct support from the Wildcat team and its patient investment philosophy have enabled EWC to make crucial long-term investments into building infrastructure that has fueled significant growth and allowed us to emerge as one of the preeminent players in our industry."
CEO, Club Car Wash
"I chose to partner with Wildcat at a time when Club was ready to accelerate its growth to the next level, expanding from just 2 states to over 10 today. With Wildcat’s hands on support in building best practices and refining our strategic vision, Club has developed into one of the fastest growing car wash businesses in the nation."
CEO, Spring Fertility
"We chose to partner with Wildcat at an inflection point in Spring’s growth, where we needed a patient and flexible partner who could also provide hands on support and strategic advice. The Wildcat team has empowered us to build a leading national provider while focusing on generating the best outcomes for our patients, employees, and partners."
"Wildcat has been with us from our Series A through achieving unicorn status and have been terrific partners both in good periods and in challenging circumstances – they have been an invaluable resource to us and always have the Company’s best interests in mind."
CEO, Seattle Kraken
"From the first conversations with the NHL, to the launch of the Seattle Kraken as the 32nd NHL franchise nearly four years later, Wildcat has been an indispensable partner, advising on business strategy while providing our team with the resources and platform to build enduring relationships throughout our community."
"For a venture stage company, Wildcat was a uniquely interesting partner around the table – they focused us on unit economics and provided a later stage perspective that was helpful in growing an early stage business. Equally importantly, they were truly committed partners and dug in to support us at all times."
Our uniquely flexible capital base allows us to partner with companies that do not fit perfectly into traditional private equity or venture capital parameters.
Investing up to $150mm in equity per transaction
Industry agnostic, thematically driven
Typically founder owned and operated with strong management teams in place or identified
Club Car Wash is a leading express car wash platform throughout the Midwest, Mountain West, and South.
Sample services that Club Car Wash offers include bug prevention services, tire shining, car washing, scented soap, coating, polishing, underbody cleaning, wax polishing, pre-soaking, wheel cleaning and more.
Groff Tractor & Equipment is a leading dealer of new and used John Deere heavy construction equipment and machinery, serving a broad range of construction markets including heavy construction, landscaping and general contracting, road building, excavating, forestry, governmental, demolition, and material processing.
Groff Tractor & Equipment offers a full line of solutions including equipment sales, rental solutions, and parts and service support across the state of Pennsylvania.
The Seattle Kraken launched in 2021 as the 32nd Franchise in the National Hockey League.
The Kraken play their home games at the Climate Pledge Arena, a state-of-the-art live events venue opened in 2021 following a multi-year rehabilitation of the Key Arena, former home of the Seattle Supersonics.
Skillz is the leading mobile games platform dedicated to bringing out the best in everyone through competition. The Skillz platform helps developers create multi-million dollar franchises by enabling social competition in their games. Leveraging its patented technology, Skillz hosts billions of casual esports tournaments for millions of mobile players worldwide, with the goal of building the home of competition for all.
Skillz completed a merger with Flying Eagle Acquisition Corp. in December 2020, and subsequently began trading on the NYSE.
DraftKings is a leading provider of online daily fantasy sports, sports betting and other iGaming opportunities, which offers fans the opportunity to engage with their favorite sports in new and exciting ways.
Draft Kings completed a merger with Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp. in April 2020, and subsequently began trading on the Nasdaq.
Royal Oak is a premium charcoal and hardwood lump charcoal brand, delivering the best quality and flavor for grilling and smoking enthusiasts. Royal Oak is one of the largest American producers of natural lump charcoal in addition to offering a full suite of grilling-related merchandise.
Wildcat’s interest in Royal Oak was acquired in December 2020.
Robinhood is a commission-free investment and trading platform, democratizing access to financial markets and empowering individual investors. Robinhood offers the ability to invest in stocks, options, ETFs, crypto, build retirement portfolios and more.
Coupang is a South Korean e-commerce company that offers fast and convenient delivery of groceries, household items, and more, with a focus on customer satisfaction. Coupang is one of the fastest-growing e-commerce companies in South Korea.
Eloquii is a fashion brand that offers stylish and on-trend clothing for women, empowering them to feel confident and beautiful. Eloquii brings trend-driven, feminine, polished fashion from the runways to the customer, working on a compressed design cycle and dropping new styles every week.
Exile is a media company focused on creating content that features the experiences and voices of diverse Spanish-speaking communities from around the world and elevates them to a global audience across film, television, audio and digital formats.
Exile was acquired in May 2022 by Candle Media, a Blackstone portfolio company.