Our Approach


Our investment team is highly collaborative across sectors and stages to identify innovative entrepreneurs and businesses that we believe will create the future.

Venture capital and growth equity investors differentiate themselves based on their access, selectivity, and ability to add value. We believe our experience, combined with access to the Sands Capital platform, helps give us an advantage.

 
 
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Access

We leverage our deep personal networks and thesis-driven research to find high-quality growth businesses at any stage.

Selectivity

We believe our our six investment criteria framework instills the discipline to invest only in what we believe are innovative businesses at fair valuations.

Value-add

We seek to add value beyond financial support in the form of strategic and operational guidance and high-impact introductions.

Leveraging our global networks to elevate our partners’ growth potential

When you partner with Sands Capital, you access the full scope of research, networks, and insights across the Sands Capital platform. We use our six investment criteria framework established more than 30 years ago to identify what we believe are the best growth companies and to fuel their businesses.

With decades of experience as pure growth investors, we know what it took for today’s leading businesses to get to the top, and together we can help the next generation of entrepreneurs get there.

Our early-stage strategy invests in entrepreneurs building businesses in dynamic, high-growth markets like AI/ML, cyber security and identity intelligence, healthcare technology, and digital life.

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Sector

AI/ML, cybersecurity, healthcare technology, and digital life

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Stage

Series A and B focused

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Geography

U.S., U.K., Europe, and emerging tech hubs

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Investment Size

$2 million to $15 million

Our life sciences strategy is focused on companies operating in specific areas of innovation, including therapeutics, diagnostics, and life sciences tools. 

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Sector

Leaders in therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics, and life sciences tools

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Stage

Businesses with clinical data and/or meaningful proof of concept

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Geography

Primarily U.S.-based businesses but also international life sciences hubs

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$15 to $30 million 

Our growth equity strategy invests at the nexus of our public and private strategies and focuses on private technology business with the potential to become leading public companies.

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Cloud native software, data science, internet/ecommerce, fintech

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Stage

Large private businesses with strong unit economics

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Global businesses (ex, China) leading global structural change

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Investment Size

$25 million to $150 million

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Investment Criteria

Our approach is rooted in the philosophy that has guided Sands Capital for more than 30 years. The six criteria guide our diligence and decision-making across all of our strategies.

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Sustainable

Above-average Growth

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Leadership in a Promising

Business Space

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Significant Competitive

Advantage

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Clear Mission and

Value-added Focus

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Financial

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Rational Valuation
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We innovate on the traditional venture capital model
Our investment team is highly collaborative across sectors and stages to identify innovative entrepreneurs and businesses that we believe will create the future.