Deal Flow Opening Notes
We are please to present the 2019 Idaho Deal Flow Report. This is our sixth annual report, showcasing many of the companies that are starting, growing, and thriving in Idaho. With over 154 deals and $4.42 billion of capital flow, 2019 was a big year for Idaho business and economic growth. The report confirms that Idaho continues to experience rapid growth and to be one of the best places in the country to live and do business.
The Deal Flow Report presents capital flow throughout the state drawing attention to businesses, capital providers, and support organizations. The data collected shows the strength of the Idaho economy which is driving demand for more talent and supports increased capital investment.
In 2019, Idaho was once again the fastest growing state in the country. Idaho's businesses received increased attention and investment dollars from capital providers in Idaho and beyond. 2019 was particularly exciting year, as StageDotO started raising capital for a $50 million venture fund, the first of its kind in Idaho. More angel, venture capital and private equity funds are coming to Idaho to find new investment opportunities in Idaho companies.
Especially in a time when we are navigating new and unchartered territory, we want to recognize the many capital providers, service organizations, and supports of the Idaho entrepreneurial ecosystem and highlight entrepreneurs and innovators who make Idaho such a great place. Entrepreneurs who have successfully built and sold their business continue to reinvest into the next generation of entrepreneurs and businesses. This reinvestment, coupled with new capital providers, puts Idaho in a strong position to continue to grow and thrive. We are confident that Idaho will continue to grow and prosper as our community of innovative enterprises find opportunities to pivot, navigate and capitalize on a new and continuously evolving environment.
Blake J. Hansen
Alturas Capital, LLC
Deal Flow Co-Chair
Alison G. Johnson
Holland & Hart LLP
Deal Flow Co-Chair