Ethos & Strategy

We have a long-term commitment to building and growing strong and sustainable small and medium-sized enterprises that will have a positive impact on economies, industries and the people they employ.

A Partnership Approach

Our business model is simple: we invest in and operate small and medium-sized enterprises, providing the support critical to realising great success. We help our partners develop and to overcome inevitable growing pains and challenges along the way, never losing sight of the long term.

We are true partners. We find businesses that serve a real purpose within their industries and in society, but need our support to manoeuvre into sustained growth. We are not consultants who engage from the sidelines; we are hands-on investors – the Arowana team is always ready to roll up their sleeves and work in the trenches alongside management teams to overcome any challenge and develop thoughtful and creative solutions.

I am grateful for the ongoing support we receive from team Arowana. Each one of you have been poised and ready to drop things and step in to help us. Having this kind of support will make such a big difference in how we shape Everthought, and set it up for success. We look forward to continuing to leverage your expertise as we build a platform for growth in the education portfolio.”

Sean Steele, CEO of Everthought Education

We value and respect the entrepreneurial spirit – in fact, we live by it. We are unique in that we truly know what it means to start, scale up and operate businesses, because we count among our team those who’ve done it.

Experience gained with Arowana has allowed me to have my own company and see it grow at double digit growth.”

Michael Hokin, Director, Aevitas Group Limited

Our perspective is distinctly global and cross-sector, from technology and finance to leadership and data science, among many others. As a result, we are able to join the dots, exporting learnings from one industry to another.

We pair experience and instinct with rigorous in-depth, immersive research and analysis, allowing us to find opportunity for investment and operational value creation where others may not.

And we never lose sight. We understand that the work we do benefits more than the bottom line and we always consider the impact of our actions. Businesses are people; although we’re able to make hard choices, we do so responsibly. We want to see businesses and economies grow in a sustainable way and in doing so making money for our partners and ourselves.

Partnering with Arowana was the best decision I have made for the business and my family.”

Peter Stahlhut, Co-founder of Evolution Traffic Control

Our Core Values

At Arowana, we value humility, solidarity and tenacity. These guide our approach to how we invest, how we operate and how we recruit.

Humility means that we acknowledge that we do not know it all. The world of business is one based on imperfect information and rapidly changing sets of facts. Because of this, we’ve always considered hubris and dogma as dangerous. Instead, we are life-long learners who seek to constantly grow our knowledge and enrich our experience.

Solidarity means that we are one for all, and all for one. We know the power of a cohesive team, united and motivated by a common purpose. By fostering a transparent, collaborative and communicative culture, we make sure that knowledge, insights and experiences are shared. We work closely with one another, to help our team-mates succeed (and our investors gain).

Tenacity means that we never give up. We have a drive to make a success of every single one of the businesses we operate – and not just for the short term. Our intention is to grow companies so that they last, and so that they build tenacity into their DNA and resilience into their modus operandi.