Akoya Takes Privately Held Businesses to the Next Level


By the Numbers

Transactions Closed
Transaction Value since 2011
Firm Established

“Akoya’s Focus on the Lower Middle Market is Highly Personal for Me”

Max DeZara, Founder of Akoya

An entrepreneur myself, I have built and sold a few companies of my own. I know first-hand the hard work and personal commitment that it takes. And I understand the challenges and rewards of starting and growing a business.

That experience is why I started Akoya Capital in 2005 to invest in founder-led businesses. Our goal was — and continues to be — to partner with these visionary leaders who put everything on the line to make that vision a reality.

Companies at the lower end of the middle market are often family-owned and operated. They have a unique culture and spirit that we admire. They’re not bogged down by bureaucracy or overly restricted by business protocols. Together we can respond quickly, moving with the flexibility and agility critical to driving growth and transformation.

We're Unlike Traditional Private Equity Firms

People First

People are the single most important investment any business makes. We invest in talent acquisition and development as a critical success driver.

Business Builders

We partner with our business owners every step of the way — providing the financial resources, collaboration, and strategic support they need to make their visions a reality.

Long-Term Partners

We focus on what a company can become rather than what it is today. Akoya’s Sector Leaders leverage deep industry experience and expertise to successfully transform companies.

Our Best Stories are Our Portfolio Company Successes

The Akoya Difference

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Founders, Business Owners & Management Teams

If you’re ready to have a confidential conversation about your next steps or would like to learn more about Akoya, contact Max DeZara.


Join other family offices and institutional capital sources who co-invest with Akoya. Contact Pat Riley to learn what makes us different.


We’re interested in opportunities that fit our investment criteria. Contact Matt Winkeljohn to connect.

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