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NextWorld Evergreen

Growth equity for conscious consumer brands

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We are stewards of capital, committed to growing conscious consumer brands consistent with our entrepreneurial legacy.
Portfolio

Where we invest

We invest in minority and majority positions in companies with revenues of $10mm to $100mm in the following sectors:
• Food & Beverage
• Beauty & Personal Care
• Retail
• Home & Lifestyle
• Apparel
• Pet Products & Services
• Health & Wellness
• Restaurants
Explore our portfolio
  • The Citizenry The Citizenry
    Current Portfolio Initial Investment: 2021

    Socially-conscious home décor brand that partners with artisans around the globe to craft exceptional pieces.

  • Credo Beauty Credo Beauty
    Current Portfolio Initial Investment: 2014

    Credo Beauty is setting a new standard for clean beauty through owned retail and online stores.

    Credo Story
  • Sambazon Sambazon
    Current Portfolio Initial Investment: 2021

    Açaí superfood products sustainably sourced to protect the biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest.

  • Smith Teamaker Smith Teamaker
    Current Portfolio Initial Investment: 2014

    Smith is the most uncommon name in tea.

    Smith Story
  • Alter Eco Alter Eco
    Current Portfolio Initial Investment: 2017

    Alter Eco creates exceptional chocolate with a commitment to full circle sustainability.

    Alter Eco Story
  • Peets Coffee Peets Coffee
    Current Portfolio Initial Investment: 2017

    Legendary coffee roasters redefining what it means to be a responsible coffee purveyor.

  • Kusmi Tea Kusmi Tea
    Realized Investment Exited: 2020

    Premium tea house creates unique blends for discerning customers across Europe.

  • Van Leeuwen Van Leeuwen
    Current Portfolio Initial Investment: 2020

    Vegan and traditional ice creams using ingredients perfected by nature, not science.

  • W3ll People W3ll People
    Realized Investment Exited: 2020

    A leading clean beauty brand with a team committed to simplicity, authenticity and performance.

  • Mighty Leaf Tea Mighty Leaf Tea
    Realized Investment Exited: 2017

    Mighty Leaf crafts whole leaf tea with a commitment to organic sourcing, social responsibility and fair trade. Sold to Peet’s Coffee.

  • La Boulange La Boulange
    Realized Investment Exited: 2012

    San Francisco-based wholesale and retail French bakery, sold to Starbucks.


  • Why Evergreen

    What makes us Evergreen?

    Stewardship
    Our 100-year fund structure allows us to invest beyond the constraints of traditional private equity. We deploy our unique capital base responsibly. We prefer to focus on fewer investments, taking the time to understand the details that impact a company, and pride ourselves on being thoughtful, engaged partners.
    Cooperation
    We take a holistic approach to growth, providing resources beyond capital to create equity value. This includes intangibles like time and patience, two qualities that stem from our commitment to be thoughtful partners as much as effective investors. We share in the challenges and successes of our partners, rolling up our sleeves alongside teams to compound value as we compound growth.
    Effectiveness
    We help to build strong, profitable companies that harness growth and stand the tests of time. In our partnerships with management teams, we know that operating rigor magnifies the impact of capital for the benefit of all stakeholders. Our flexible investment horizon allows us to make the best decisions at the right time, while our effectiveness as partners is straightforward: be good listeners, speak candidly, be prepared, and share the risks and the rewards.
    Social Responsibility
    We believe in conscious consumer brands that practice transparency and accountability to the planet and the people who share it while generating profitable growth. We partner to make ESG initiatives an integral part of our strategic planning, and also use an ESG framework developed by our team to understand opportunities and risks for our investments.
    NextWorld Evergreen Strategy
    NextWorld Evergreen Companies
    Team

    Our Team

    NextWorld Evergreen cultivates a collaborative team environment, with shared organizational values and a focus on clear goals. We appreciate the thoughtful commitment of the people in our organization and the creative determination of leaders who drive success in our portfolio. Our organization includes investment professionals, finance and operations teams, and a network of operating partners and advisors who provide insight and counsel for our portfolio companies and investment activities.
    Investment Team
    Scott Donohue
    • Partner & COO
    Andrew Fatch
    • Vice President
    David Fife
    • Partner
    Andrea Freedman
    • Operating Partner
    Seb Lepinard
    • Managing Partner
    Tiffany Obenchain
    • Partner
    Zachary Oseran
    • Associate
    Eric Sipf
    • Senior Associate
    Ryan Williams
    • Operating Partner
    Christina Yu
    • Vice President
    Operations & Finance
    Nancy Aquino
    • Executive Operations & Communications
    Stephanie Gonzalez
    • Office & HR Manager
    Alan Liu
    • Senior Accountant
    Antonio Martinez
    • Executive Assistant & Technology Platforms
    Lisa Shih
    • Controller
    Our Advisors
    Frédéric Benqué
    Frédéric Benqué
    • Advisor
    Stefan Pepe
    Stefan Pepe
    • Advisor and Board Member
    Keith Bearden
    Keith Bearden
    • Advisor

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