Benbow Ventures is a small private equity firm; one that believes in investing for the long-term. Benbow seeks to create value by directing capital to opportunities where our investment, strategic insight and operational support help companies—and the communities they're a part of—succeed.
Since 2007, Founder and Principal, John Rhoades, has made investments in over a dozen privately held businesses in multiple sectors, including hospitality, real estate, medtech, and advanced technology manufacturing. John has been a member of the management team of three of these companies, most recently as a partner of coworking operator, Beauty Shoppe. After that company recently closed a successful funding round, John stepped away from day-to-day involvement to pursue Benbow’s next undertaking.
John was born and raised in Pittsburgh, and currently lives in the neighborhood of Polish Hill. A few of John's personal interests include involvement with his local community organization, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and cycling.
VISION: Anticipating economic transformations.
DILIGENCE: Investing for the long-term, and working hands-on to achieve success.
RESPONSIBILITY: Ensuring communities and employees are strengthened.
Featured Portfolio Companies
A boutique hotel that re-envisions the traditional hotel model, enhancing the value of the historic East Liberty YMCA through an innovative and locally-inspired approach to design, development, and community engagement.
An operator of cooperative working spaces and other affiliated products. The company taps into significant national market size and demand for shared office space with a focus on inspired brands, thoughtful spaces and services, and branded products.
An advanced technology manufacturing company, with a particular focus on three-dimensional printing. This investment was realized in 2007.