Entrepreneurs & Startups

Level Up.

Whether you are trying to bring a new technology to market or have a small startup that you want to grow, Lakeside Companies can help. When you join Lakeside, you get access to the resources you need not just to grow, but to scale quickly to a sustainable level that truly gives you a chance to become a market leader.

See below for the specific benefits of becoming a part of Lakeside Companies and several examples of startups we helped level up.

Get to the Next Level, Faster.

As an entrepreneur or startup, it can be hard to grow as quickly as you need to be successful long-term. Balancing cash flow with growth while also figuring out how to do everything you’ve never done before is a challenge that many startups eventually succumb too.

Hit the easy button with Lakeside. We can provide the capital, experience, and growth you need to succeed.

Supporting Your Needs

Handing you cash without adding any additional resources and value to help you manage the growth and expansion you need just adds to your stress and burden. Instead, we work with you to support you with our team, resources and time as well.

Guiding with Expertise

As successful entrepreneurs ourselves, we’ve been there several times over. While each startup as its own unique challenges, the challenge of operational scale is always the hardest. We know how to help.

Injecting Smart Capital

We never make short-term decisions with our money or your assets. We are focused on long-term success for you and Lakeside. With this long-view attitude, we can be strategic with our investments and achieve sustainable growth.


Startups We’ve Helped Accelerate to the Next Level

“It was just an enthusiastic founder with a paper exam,” Jason Bandy, a Lakeside partner, recalled. “But when a strong entrepreneur meets an entrepreneurial investor, great things can happen.”

Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI)

How we amplified an entrepreneurs vision into an industry leader, taking the company from $100,000 annual revenue to $23 million+ in a decade.


  1. Background
    Founded in 1997, Assessment Technologies Institute (“ATI”) is a leader in testing and education for nursing educators and students
  2. How Lakeside got involved
    John Hemmingson & Lakeside Capital Group invested in ATI in 1999 when the company only offered paper-based diagnostic exams.
  3. What we helped develop
    Over that decade, ATI developed an industry-leading online education suite that supports nursing education across the country.
  4. How that had an impact
    Despite the dot-com bubble crashing, Lakeside and ATI remained committed to investing in the company’s management team and its online platform, both of which were essential for enhancing the scope of services and reaching an even larger education base.
  5. Final Outcome
    In 2008, Lakeside sold ATI to Ascend Learning, a portfolio company of Providence Equity Partners for $220 million. The organization continues to thrive while supporting nursing education across the country.

ATC Manufacturing

We heard about ATC Manufacturing at a pitch competition, and saw the potential in the technology. To bring thermoplatics to the aerospace industry would not be easy, but we knew it would be transformative. Lighter weight, stronger tensile strenght, and recyclable, thermoplastics are a game-changer for aircraft, drone, and vehicle manufacturers.

With Lakeside’s help, ATC was able to fully invest in state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities that are ISO9001, AS9100, and NADCAP certified and become a trusted supplier to some of the worlds largest airplane manufacturers.

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