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Entrepreneurship through Acquisition

Current statistics reveal that small and medium sized enterprises are the backbone of the economy with the succession of business ownership between generations becoming a life -or-death situation for many companies in Europe and USA. According to the European Commission, 99% of businesses in Europe are small and medium sized enterprises (“SMEs”) 33% of which currently face a succession issue. 

In the European Union, around 450,000 SMEs change ownership every year, which affects more than 2 million employees. Up to 1/3 of these transfers may not be successful, thus endangering around 150,000 enterprises and 600,000 jobs.

Novastone Capital Advisors, also known as NCA, is a Swiss company, founded in 2019 by Christian Malek and Elena Trukhina, and backed by a consortium of Single-Family Offices. NCA is enhancing the competitiveness and sustainability of SMEs, solving succession issues, and bringing a new generation of managerial talent to SMEs. The Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (“ETA'') program unites capital with capability and provides seasoned professionals with the opportunity to acquire SME and step in as a CEO and a new generation of entrepreneurs. 

Christian Malek was exposed to succession issues from his childhood, when within his own family he witnessed how his grandfather, a healthcare business founder, could not transfer his business to his father, who was pursuing a career as an artist,  and felt incompatible to lead the business.. Later, during his career in banking and investment, Christian experienced increasing succession issues that he knew needed addressing. 

Elena Trukhina built her career working in large corporations within marketing, sales and operations roles and later at general management positions across the globe. She aimed to become an entrepreneur through acquiring business upon graduating from her EMBA program at IMD, where she met Christian and together, they decided to build a business that would enable entrepreneurship through acquisition and thus provide a solution to the succession issues of SMEs.

“As professional investors in a Family Office, we made successful investments in SMEs in the past but found that they were not easily accessible. Our aim at NCA is to change that and to facilitate investments in high-potential SMEs for investors building large and diversified portfolios.” says Christian Malek, Co Founder of NCA.

The ETA program is a highly specialized process that connects investors with talented entrepreneurs who are looking to locate, acquire, manage, and grow a privately held company.

“At NCA, we believe that our Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition program is the best way to solve succession issues as it provides hiqh-quality managerial talent, and connects them with capital - creating real economic growth for the SME arena,”explained Elena Trukhina, Co Founder of NCA.

NCA provides entrepreneurs with access to capital, resources and support to pursue a direct path towards owning and managing a small business;  existing businesses benefit from succession solutions with qualified, funded entrepreneurs to lead their businesses; and co-investors benefit from sound investment opportunities with historically high rates of success.

The company's ETA program follows a vigorous 6 step process which consists of the following::

  • Entrepreneur selection, NCA evaluates candidates for their skills and industry experience
  • Fundraising, NCA connects entrepreneurs with relevant investors as well as co-invests in every one of our selected Entrepreneurs
  • Search, NCA helps Searching Entrepreneurs to market themselves, to find target companies and to evaluate a pipeline of acquisition opportunities.
  • Acquisition, NCA assists Entrepreneurs with financial modelling, legal support, valuation, due diligence, raising debt and equity capital. 
  • Value Creation, NCA continues to support Entrepreneurs, who typically operate acquired businesses over several years.
  • Liquidity Event, After 5-7 years, investors have the option to exit and realise interesting capital gains. The Entrepreneur can decide to stay with the company long term as CEO, can become a majority shareholder, and continue working with the next round of investors.

NCA’s unique approach addresses the prevalent succession challenges facing SMEs, the backbone of the economy. The Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition program ensures business legacy and continuity for SMEs on a global scale, because all stakeholders share joint interests and a strong commitment to long-term success and growth. 

Current statistics reveal that small and medium sized enterprises are the backbone of the economy with the succession of business ownership between generations becoming a life -or-death situation for many companies in Europe and USA. According to the European Commission, 99% of businesses in Europe are small and medium sized enterprises (“SMEs”) 33% of which currently face a succession issue. 

In the European Union, around 450,000 SMEs change ownership every year, which affects more than 2 million employees. Up to 1/3 of these transfers may not be successful, thus endangering around 150,000 enterprises and 600,000 jobs.

Novastone Capital Advisors, also known as NCA, is a Swiss company, founded in 2019 by Christian Malek and Elena Trukhina, and backed by a consortium of Single-Family Offices. NCA is enhancing the competitiveness and sustainability of SMEs, solving succession issues, and bringing a new generation of managerial talent to SMEs. The Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (“ETA'') program unites capital with capability and provides seasoned professionals with the opportunity to acquire SME and step in as a CEO and a new generation of entrepreneurs. 

Christian Malek was exposed to succession issues from his childhood, when within his own family he witnessed how his grandfather, a healthcare business founder, could not transfer his business to his father, who was pursuing a career as an artist,  and felt incompatible to lead the business.. Later, during his career in banking and investment, Christian experienced increasing succession issues that he knew needed addressing. 

Elena Trukhina built her career working in large corporations within marketing, sales and operations roles and later at general management positions across the globe. She aimed to become an entrepreneur through acquiring business upon graduating from her EMBA program at IMD, where she met Christian and together, they decided to build a business that would enable entrepreneurship through acquisition and thus provide a solution to the succession issues of SMEs.

“As professional investors in a Family Office, we made successful investments in SMEs in the past but found that they were not easily accessible. Our aim at NCA is to change that and to facilitate investments in high-potential SMEs for investors building large and diversified portfolios.” says Christian Malek, Co Founder of NCA.

The ETA program is a highly specialized process that connects investors with talented entrepreneurs who are looking to locate, acquire, manage, and grow a privately held company.

“At NCA, we believe that our Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition program is the best way to solve succession issues as it provides hiqh-quality managerial talent, and connects them with capital - creating real economic growth for the SME arena,”explained Elena Trukhina, Co Founder of NCA.

NCA provides entrepreneurs with access to capital, resources and support to pursue a direct path towards owning and managing a small business;  existing businesses benefit from succession solutions with qualified, funded entrepreneurs to lead their businesses; and co-investors benefit from sound investment opportunities with historically high rates of success.

The company's ETA program follows a vigorous 6 step process which consists of the following::

  • Entrepreneur selection, NCA evaluates candidates for their skills and industry experience
  • Fundraising, NCA connects entrepreneurs with relevant investors as well as co-invests in every one of our selected Entrepreneurs
  • Search, NCA helps Searching Entrepreneurs to market themselves, to find target companies and to evaluate a pipeline of acquisition opportunities.
  • Acquisition, NCA assists Entrepreneurs with financial modelling, legal support, valuation, due diligence, raising debt and equity capital. 
  • Value Creation, NCA continues to support Entrepreneurs, who typically operate acquired businesses over several years.
  • Liquidity Event, After 5-7 years, investors have the option to exit and realise interesting capital gains. The Entrepreneur can decide to stay with the company long term as CEO, can become a majority shareholder, and continue working with the next round of investors.

NCA’s unique approach addresses the prevalent succession challenges facing SMEs, the backbone of the economy. The Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition program ensures business legacy and continuity for SMEs on a global scale, because all stakeholders share joint interests and a strong commitment to long-term success and growth. 

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Current statistics reveal that small and medium sized enterprises are the backbone of the economy with the succession of business ownership between generations becoming a life -or-death situation for many companies in Europe and USA. According to the European Commission, 99% of businesses in Europe are small and medium sized enterprises (“SMEs”) 33% of which currently face a succession issue. 

In the European Union, around 450,000 SMEs change ownership every year, which affects more than 2 million employees. Up to 1/3 of these transfers may not be successful, thus endangering around 150,000 enterprises and 600,000 jobs.

Novastone Capital Advisors, also known as NCA, is a Swiss company, founded in 2019 by Christian Malek and Elena Trukhina, and backed by a consortium of Single-Family Offices. NCA is enhancing the competitiveness and sustainability of SMEs, solving succession issues, and bringing a new generation of managerial talent to SMEs. The Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition (“ETA'') program unites capital with capability and provides seasoned professionals with the opportunity to acquire SME and step in as a CEO and a new generation of entrepreneurs. 

Christian Malek was exposed to succession issues from his childhood, when within his own family he witnessed how his grandfather, a healthcare business founder, could not transfer his business to his father, who was pursuing a career as an artist,  and felt incompatible to lead the business.. Later, during his career in banking and investment, Christian experienced increasing succession issues that he knew needed addressing. 

Elena Trukhina built her career working in large corporations within marketing, sales and operations roles and later at general management positions across the globe. She aimed to become an entrepreneur through acquiring business upon graduating from her EMBA program at IMD, where she met Christian and together, they decided to build a business that would enable entrepreneurship through acquisition and thus provide a solution to the succession issues of SMEs.

“As professional investors in a Family Office, we made successful investments in SMEs in the past but found that they were not easily accessible. Our aim at NCA is to change that and to facilitate investments in high-potential SMEs for investors building large and diversified portfolios.” says Christian Malek, Co Founder of NCA.

The ETA program is a highly specialized process that connects investors with talented entrepreneurs who are looking to locate, acquire, manage, and grow a privately held company.

“At NCA, we believe that our Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition program is the best way to solve succession issues as it provides hiqh-quality managerial talent, and connects them with capital - creating real economic growth for the SME arena,”explained Elena Trukhina, Co Founder of NCA.

NCA provides entrepreneurs with access to capital, resources and support to pursue a direct path towards owning and managing a small business;  existing businesses benefit from succession solutions with qualified, funded entrepreneurs to lead their businesses; and co-investors benefit from sound investment opportunities with historically high rates of success.

The company's ETA program follows a vigorous 6 step process which consists of the following::

  • Entrepreneur selection, NCA evaluates candidates for their skills and industry experience
  • Fundraising, NCA connects entrepreneurs with relevant investors as well as co-invests in every one of our selected Entrepreneurs
  • Search, NCA helps Searching Entrepreneurs to market themselves, to find target companies and to evaluate a pipeline of acquisition opportunities.
  • Acquisition, NCA assists Entrepreneurs with financial modelling, legal support, valuation, due diligence, raising debt and equity capital. 
  • Value Creation, NCA continues to support Entrepreneurs, who typically operate acquired businesses over several years.
  • Liquidity Event, After 5-7 years, investors have the option to exit and realise interesting capital gains. The Entrepreneur can decide to stay with the company long term as CEO, can become a majority shareholder, and continue working with the next round of investors.

NCA’s unique approach addresses the prevalent succession challenges facing SMEs, the backbone of the economy. The Entrepreneurship Through Acquisition program ensures business legacy and continuity for SMEs on a global scale, because all stakeholders share joint interests and a strong commitment to long-term success and growth. 

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