Avante Capital Partners, a women and minority-owned private credit and structured equity firm, is pleased to announce the completion of a unitranche debt investment to support Leeds Equity Partners (“Leeds Equity”) in its acquisition of e.Republic, Inc. (“e.Republic”). Leeds Equity is a sector-focused private equity firm dedicated exclusively to investing in the education, training and information services industries (the “Knowledge Industries”). Founded in 1984, e.Republic is the leading B2B media, events and subscription research platform focused solely on state and local government and education across the United States.
“We’re excited that our platform investment in e.Republic has afforded us another opportunity to collaborate with Avante as a trusted lending partner,” said David Neverson, Managing Director at Leeds Equity. “Avante’s commitment to small business and government partnerships through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s SBIC program aligns well with e.Republic’s mission of providing government and education IT organizations with impactful research, news and analytics solutions to drive better decision making and constituent service and engagement.”
“e.Republic’s platform enables state and local governments to improve and maintain cutting-edge innovations. We look forward to supporting CEO Cathilea Robinett and the Company in its next chapter of success,” said Amanda Kim, Principal at Avante Capital Partners.
“We are thrilled to partner again with Leeds Equity. We are confident that their sector experience, vision for driving greater outcomes across government and education, combined with Cathilea as a seasoned executive will lead to the platform’s continued success,” said Ivelisse Simon, Managing Partner at Avante Capital Partners.