Enlightenment Capital closes $80 mln for first fund

Enlightenment Capital has raised $80 million in the final close of its debut fund. Based in the Washington, DC area, Enlightenment Capital is a private investment firm that provides funding to middle market companies in the aerospace, defense and government sectors.

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Chevy Chase, MD – February 5, 2014: Enlightenment Capital announced the final closing of its first fundraising process with $80 million in assets under management. Enlightenment is a private investment firm based in the Washington, DC area that provides senior debt, mezzanine debt, and minority equity to middle market companies in the Aerospace, Defense & Government (ADG) sector.
Enlightenment Capital was founded by Devin Talbott and Pierre Chao to invest in middle market businesses that support critical government services, emerging defense and security challenges, and exacting aerospace missions. Enlightenment provides flexible capital solutions and strategic support to the businesses with which it partners. Enlightenment has been active in the market since 2012, having made investments in Vistronix, REI, and Opera Solutions.
“The defense and government industry is going through a period of reorientation and prioritization. There is a surfeit of businesses in the sector that need both capital and help in navigating through today’s market,” said Devin Talbott, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Enlightenment Capital. “The industry needs knowledgeable, long-term investor support, and that is what we strive to provide.”
“Enlightenment brings a wealth of industry experience and insight to the market. And we are able to be flexible in how we invest. This combination allows us to be strategic partners to businesses whose continued vitality and innovation are important to the industry and the nation,” added Pierre Chao, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Enlightenment Capital.
About Enlightenment Capital
Enlightenment Capital, a Washington, DC area based private investment firm, provides senior debt, mezzanine debt, and minority equity to middle market companies in the Aerospace, Defense & Government (ADG) sector. The firm partners with management teams, equity sponsors, and those businesses that provide vital services, protect critical infrastructure, innovate aerospace solutions, safeguard national security, and endeavor to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. For more information, visit www.enlightencap.com.

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