Feedback from Our Portfolio


“When we set out to raise equity funding, we realized that our industry was ‘awash in capital’—but we did not just want to raise capital. We set out to raise capital from a partner that could also ‘raise our game’ as an organization, in essence capital with ‘value add’ due to experience and resources. Partnering with Steve and the Sunrise team has brought Maple Hill exactly this combination. Not only is the depth and experience that the Sunrise team brings to the table amazing; the way that they engage with our team is also collaborative and additive, and not heavy handed. We could not be more pleased with having Sunrise as partners in our business.”

- Tim Joseph, Founder, Maple Hill Creamery

“What I find so compelling is that Sunrise offers the rare combination of financial capital and an experienced, collaborative team that has successfully grown consumer brands for decades.  They utilize that expertise by offering guidance on ways to build the business, with an approach that’s never heavy-handed, rather working in partnership with Management.  The Sunrise team is consistently constructive, forthright, and purposeful in realizing our shared vision of building a sustainable, humane, and economically viable business that is disrupting the broader U.S. dairy industry.”

- Carl Gerlach, President & CEO, Maple Hill Creamery


“When we were looking for an investor, we cared most about finding the best partner—someone who would share our vision and even add to it. When I met Steve and his team, I immediately recognized the difference in Sunrise as a uniquely founder-friendly partner with immense depth of industry experience and an appreciation for our business from an operator’s perspective. It was evident that Sunrise cared more about our business succeeding than getting preferential deal terms.

Steve and his team have been the best partners we could have hoped for. They really believed in and supported our vision from the very beginning and have since helped us to understand that Kodiak Cakes’ potential is even greater than we thought. It’s amazing to have incredibly smart and seasoned veterans in your court adding tremendous value, sharing in your excitement when you have wins, and helping you through the rough spots. Steve and Sunrise have hit a great balance of being helpful and adding value without being overbearing. They are incredibly supportive and have so much to offer but allow and encourage us to make the final decisions.

Sunrise also has an aggressive growth mindset, which is really refreshing compared to many investors’ fixation on value. When it’s time to hit the gas on your business, you need an investor like Sunrise that will support you and help you do so efficiently and effectively.”

- Joel Clark, Co-Founder & CEO, Kodiak Cakes


"When we were ready to bring in a capital partner, Sunrise was one of the first phone calls we made.  We were looking for a partner we could trust, who believed in our mission, and could help us develop a long-term vision and strategy that would take our business to the next level of growth.  We have been repeatedly impressed by the expertise on the Sunrise team as we navigate the opportunities and challenges any fast growing company faces in the CPG space.  We are excited to see where the business can go from here!" 

- Chris Mears, Founder & CEO

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“Sunrise has been tremendously supportive of Teton Waters Ranch over the years, as they clearly recognize the massive triple bottom line opportunity creation of a leading grass-fed beef solutions brand represents.  Finding the right equity partner—one that understands the big picture, brings valuable experience and capability, understands the ROI of mission, culture and team, and is solution-oriented throughout the fluctuations of early stage growth—is exceedingly difficult.  Team TWR feels fortunate to have done so in Sunrise Strategic Partners!”


- Mike Murray, CEO


“From the very first conversation, the Sunrise experience was in a league of its own: the team is built from experienced operators who can relate to and are 100% focused on enhancing the founding vision and soul of the brands and teams they partner with. They bring so much experience and value to the table that compliments and elevates the entire discussion and strategy. Sunrise knows deftly how to bring that hugely important partnership in a way that is not overbearing but instead brings to life the magic that got the brand there in the first place. We feel having true partners and collaborators with such savoir faire is an essential part of making Coolhaus the household brand we know it will be. On a personal note, I’m really proud Sunrise is investing in female founders and leadership which not only represents how the tide is changing for the current entrepreneurial zeitgeist but will positively impact the next generation of women leaders.”

- Natasha Case, Co-Founder & CEO

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“Sunrise remains consistently focused on Pact’s long-term growth opportunity, which allows our team to make strategic decisions that will ultimately create the most equity value for our stakeholders—despite the short-term ups and downs of a high-growth business.”

- Brendan Synnott, CEO, PACT Organic