Search Fund Bootcamp

A bootcamp for self-funded searchers


Searching has a binary outcome: a searcher either buys a business or doesn’t. Using our experiences searching, closing and operating small businesses, we want to increase the probability of success for self-funded searchers by providing guidance, resources and access to funding – all while preserving the searcher’s majority ownership.

Who is a good fit? (Not Required)

Self-funded searchers (current and prospective) that are “financeable” by the SBA and targeting US-based businesses. The bootcamp will be especially beneficial for searchers with non-M&A leadership backgrounds (e.g., operations, military, consulting, etc.).

What do you get from the bootcamp?

The guidance and resources of Pursuant Capital, a search partner with vast experience sourcing, closing and operating small businesses; a 3-day, in-person “Bootcamp” to learn everything we know about searching, closing and transitioning; a dedicated “Deal Team” with searcher-friendly terms (SBA lender, Quality of Earnings, Legal, Insurance, Tax –  all will attend the Bootcamp); access to equity investors with deep experience in self-funded search investing; and access to past searchers who are new small business owner/operators.

Live Bootcamps

The Bootcamp is a 3-day, intensive, in-person training course with Pursuant and its Deal Team. In 2022, we are offering two Bootcamps: May 19-21 and November 10-12. The Bootcamp includes three full days of education and training (Click Here for Agenda), followed by after-hours dinner events. All food and beverage is included.

After the Bootcamp

After the Bootcamp, we will have a one-hour standing monthly group call for three months, plus a private chat room for sharing resources and tips with fellow searchers.

Bootcamp Fee

After acceptance into the Bootcamp, we require a $2,500 non-refundable fee. There are no other fees, but attendees do need to pay for travel and lodging.


Cohort of 5-10 searchers, Pursuant Capital, the Deal Team (SBA lender, Quality of Earnings, Legal, Insurance, Tax), and experienced self-funded search investors.

May 2022 Cohort

The May 2022 Cohort will be announced by March 26, 2022. This group of 5-10 self-funded searchers will interact closely at the Bootcamp, while learning everything needed to succesfully search, close and trasition.

Next Steps for May Bootcamp

  1. Application (Click Here to Apply – Due March 19, 2022)
  2. Interviews (Online – March 23-25, 2022)
  3. Acceptances Announced by March 26, 2022
  4. Bootcamp (Click Here for Agenda)