Based in Austin, Texas, the ESW Capital group specifically focuses on buying, strengthening, then growing mature business software companies. By taking advantage of its unique operating platform, ESW revitalizes its acquisitions for sustainable success while making customer satisfaction a top priority. ESW and its affiliated companies have been in the enterprise software space since 1988, and the group includes notable brands such as Aurea, Ignite Technologies, Trilogy, and Versata.


  • Capitalized by a single family office
  • Immersed in enterprise software since 1988
  • Our Model: Buy, strengthen, and grow business software companies
  • Over 50 portfolio acquisitions, including 12 TTM
  • We don’t sell assets — we run companies for the long term


  • 100% acquisitions, target EVs $10-$250m+
  • Seller friendly: cash at close, no earn-outs or post-close contingencies
  • Fast: IOI’s with valuation within a week, LOI and closing within 45 days
  • Certain: 98% close rate on our LOIs
  • Broad: Technology independent, and will bid on turnaround situations