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GrowthCap | The Top 40 Under 40 Growth Investors of 2021



GrowthCap Rankings

Dec. 21, 2021

GrowthCap is pleased to announce The Top 40 Under 40 Growth Investors of 2021. Our eighth year running this awards process, we are astounded by the dramatic increase in capital and talent dedicated to the growth investing asset class since the first cohort of awardees were selected in 2014. This was our most competitive year since inception with hundreds of nominations submitted in support of some of today’s best growth investors. The nominees were truly impressive; each demonstrating notable business intellect and judgment, consistent work ethic, high emotional intelligence and a determination to push through the most challenging situations.

We received substantive feedback on nominees from their colleagues, peers, portfolio company CEOs and others who have witnessed their investment skill and performance. Needless to say, it was extremely challenging to make selections given the large pool of high caliber candidates. Ultimately, awardees were selected based on the depth of their deal experience, demonstrated ability to help the companies they invest in, collaborative work style, and progression towards firm and industry leadership roles, among other attributes. Please join us in recognizing and celebrating the achievements of the Top 40 Under 40 Growth Investors of 2021.

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16. SUSAN BIHLER

Firm: Catalyst Investors
Title: Partner

Susan joined NYC-based growth equity firm Catalyst Investors in 2009 and has since become the firm’s first female partner. She is responsible for leading investments in software and business services companies. In addition, she serves on boards of portfolio companies, usually as one of the more active board members, with a particular focus on C-level team building and advising on strategic growth initiatives. Susan currently serves on the boards of Catalyst portfolio companies Datavail, eSUB, Envoy Global and LinkSquares (as a board observer) and previously served on the boards of Ascentis, Alert Solutions, MINDBODY (as a board observer), and WeddingWire (as a board observer).

Prior to joining Catalyst in 2009, Susan served as an Analyst at CIT Group where she was responsible for performing due diligence and credit analysis for various senior secured debt transactions within CIT’s Communications, Media & Entertainment Group. Susan graduated from Georgetown University, cum laude, with a BS in Business Administration.

“Since our inception, the mission at Catalyst Investors has been to partner with entrepreneurs to build great growth companies. In parallel with that, the firm fosters growth from within, empowering young investors to dive into sectors of interest to pursue investment opportunities. Because of the support of the team around me, I have been able to partner with truly inspiring management teams to help grow and scale their businesses.”—Susan Bihler

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Welcoming Ekos to the Portfolio

We were pleased to announce our investment in Ekos’s $21 million Series B, which closed just before the end of 2021, and are excited to partner with company CEO Josh McKinney and the rest of the Ekos team for the journey ahead. Offering a natively built business management software platform for craft beverage producers, Ekos not only operates in a market that many of us (responsibly) enjoy but also fits squarely in Catalyst’s “Democratization of Software” thesis.

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