Envest Ventures



Envest Capital Partners is an investment company holding long term private equity positions in established basic businesses. We invest in a relatively broad range of basic industries, with a focus on manufacturing, healthcare services, and franchising. Envest seeks to provide private direct equity financing to companies with sales of $10 to $50 million, exceptional growth prospects and strong, stable cash flow. 

Founded in 2000, Envest is a private equity firm based in Virginia Beach, VA. We are dedicated to partnering with privately held and founder-owned businesses. The Envest principals have prior experience in general management of both large and small businesses which we believe has been fundamental to our success. Envest strives to provide flexible capital solutions to meet the needs of entrepreneurs while providing strategic direction and board governance to its portfolio companies. Envest has achieved top decile performance amongst its private equity peer group.


Envest focuses on privately-held businesses in basic industries and non-revolutionary technologies. We have experience investing in financial services, franchising, manufacturing, healthcare services, travel and entertainment, and software/IT. Envest is focused on long-term value creation, without any holding period or defined mandate for our investments. We seek to partner with proven management teams with a clear vision of growth. We have the flexibility to make control and non-control investments in companies with sustainable and demonstrated annual free cash flow of $500,000 to $6,000,000.



Envest Capital Partners, LLC

Envest Capital Partners LLC, is an investment company established to make long-term private equity investments in lower-middle market companies. Envest differs from a typical private equity fund because we are not constrained by any specific holding periods and maintain the flexibility to make control and non-control investments. We manage and invest a significant amount of our own capital alongside our limited partners ensuring alignment of interest and a long-term focus on all investment decisions we make.

We are currently making investment from Envest Capital Partners I, LLC and are actively seeking investment opportunities in sustainable, cash-flow generating companies in basic industries.


Since the firm’s founding in 2000 by David Kaufman and John Garel, Envest has single-mindedly remained dedicated to partnering with, and investing in exceptional entrepreneurs operating in basic industries.

Since inception the Envest team has raised and invested $162 million in 32 privately held companies, in a wide variety of industries. Envest has successfully exited over 20 investments and achieved positive returns for its investors.


John Garel

Managing Director

David Kaufman

Managing Director

Lisa Parks

Managing Director

Patrick Keefe

Managing Director

John Reed

Managing Director



Envest Capital Partners I

Current investment vehicle with one investment made in early 2014.

Actively seeking investment opportunities.

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Envest III

A $72.7 million Fund started in May 2008. Nine investments with the majority still active and reserves to be invested in the current portfolio. 

Envest II

A $48.3 million Fund started in March 2004. The Fund has successfully exited the majority of its investments and a few remain active. 

Envest Ventures I

A $40.8 million Fund started in April 2000. Fully realized and achieved positive returns for investors. Ranks among the top performing funds nationally within our peer group. 


We look forward to hearing from you.

Please submit your business plan proposals. Envest will contact companies whose plans they are interested in pursuing further.

Mailing Address:
2101 Parks Avenue, Suite 401
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Tel: 757.437.3000