U.S. private equity firm Sverica Capital Management has acquired iWave Information Systems Inc, a Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island prospect research software company that provides fundraising intelligence to healthcare, education, and non-profit organizations. No financial terms were disclosed. Sverica partnered with Ross Beattie and iWave CEO Gerry Lawless in buying the company from Jamie Hill, iWave’s former top executive. Beattie, formerly CEO of HGS Canada Inc, will join the company as executive director and vice chairman. Established in 1991, iWave currently serves more than 2,000 client organizations worldwide.
Sverica Capital Management Announces Acquisition of iWave Information Systems Inc.
San Francisco, California – June 20, 2017 – Sverica Capital Management LLC (“Sverica”), a private equity investment firm, along with Ross Beattie and Gerry Lawless, announced today that they have acquired iWave Information Systems Inc. (“iWave” or the “Company”) from Jamie Hill of Charlottetown PEI. This acquisition marks Sverica’s third investment made from its fourth fund. iWave is a Software as a Service (SaaS) company that offers fundraising intelligence to healthcare, education, and non-profit organizations.
Based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, iWave provides access to data and proprietary analytics to help prospect researchers, fundraisers, and other development professionals determine which donor prospects to ask, how much to ask for, and when to ask. For the past five years, iWave has been one of the fastest growing prospect research software companies in North America and currently serves more than 2,000 client organizations. The partnership with Sverica will further the Company’s goal to become a stronger global prospect research data and software company.
“Partnering with Sverica will expand our capacity to deliver the best value for our client organizations, provide rewarding careers for our team members and create value for our stakeholders,” said Gerry Lawless, iWave CEO. “Most importantly, this will position us to build on our long-term strategy to produce a category leading-company that fundamentally changes the way nonprofits find major gifts to support their great causes.”
Ross Beattie is joining the Company as Executive Director and Vice Chairman, bringing deep leadership experience as the former CEO of HGS Canada. “iWave has a great opportunity to build upon its momentum, and we are excited to partner with Sverica as we continue to grow. iWave is well positioned to become the leading provider of fundraising intelligence, and we look forward to leveraging Sverica’s experience in realizing that vision,” said Ross Beattie. Jordan Richards, Managing Director at Sverica, added “Gerry and the iWave team have built a great company that has experienced significant growth over the past five years while serving their clients with a powerful data-driven software solution. We are excited to partner with Ross and Gerry and reinvest back into the Company to create new avenues of growth and opportunity for the Company’s employees, customers, and partners.”
About iWave iWave bundles philanthropic and wealth data into user-friendly software solutions. iWave’s “360 Search” capabilities allow subscribers to efficiently research individuals and companies across multiple datasets through one unified search and their batch analytics capabilities allow users to screen entire prospect databases at once. From Ivy League schools like Yale and Stanford to healthcare and arts organizations like Doctors Without Borders and the Smithsonian Institute, iWave has assisted over 6,000 organizations in the United States, Canada, and overseas. For more information, please visit
About Sverica Capital Sverica Capital is a leading lower-middle-market-focused private equity firm that has raised over $700 million of investment capital across four funds. The firm acquires and actively builds companies that are, or could become, leaders in their industries. Since 2001, Sverica Capital has maintained a “high touch” operating philosophy of taking an active role in portfolio companies. Sverica Capital devotes significant internal resources to help its management teams develop and execute growth strategies. For more information, please visit www.sverica.com.
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