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Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., a private equity and venture capital firm based in Radnor, Pennsylvania, has shifted its focus away from new investments. Specializing in expansion financings, growth capital, and various strategic transactions, Safeguard Scientifics previously targeted technology, financial services, and healthcare sectors for its investments. The firm was particularly active in financing Series A-C rounds and occasionally participated in seed funding rounds across a broad spectrum of industries.

In the technology sector, Safeguard Scientifics concentrated on areas such as software as a service, digital media, Internet of Things, cybersecurity, predictive analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and enterprise software. It also sought opportunities in healthcare, including molecular diagnostics, medical devices, digital health, and specialty pharmaceuticals. The firm's investment strategy typically ranged between $5 million and $25 million for growth equity financing, and between $5 million and $10 million for early-stage financing.

Historically, Safeguard Scientifics preferred to take a significant ownership stake in its portfolio companies, typically ranging from 20% to 50%, although it occasionally assumed majority ownership or smaller stakes. Emphasizing proprietary technology and intellectual property, the firm actively sought Board representation in its portfolio companies to support strategic decision-making and operational guidance.

Founded in 1953 as Lancaster Corporation and rebranded as Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. in 1981, the firm has established a legacy of fostering growth and innovation. While it no longer pursues new investments, Safeguard Scientifics continues to manage its existing portfolio and uphold its commitment to strategic value creation in partnership with its portfolio companies.

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Stock Sector: Diversified Services: Business Services


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