The entrepreneur is the hero of our story.

While markets have changed over Safeguard Scientifics’ more than 60 year history, one thing remains the same: our belief in—and commitment to—innovation and entrepreneurship.

Having been entrepreneurs ourselves, we know the risks and rewards facing innovators with disruptive technologies. Beyond capital, you need a teammate with real industry expertise, deep operational resources, influential networks, patience, adaptability, and a shared passion for your business.

So what can entrepreneurs achieve when they become a Safeguard Partner Company?

Engage with our network and scale your organization.

The Safeguard Network

As a hub of commercialization, Safeguard engages a broad community of partners to provide you with mentorship and connections to drive partnership opportunities and onboard high-potential customers.

Meet the Members
of Safeguard’s Community

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Reach new levels of recognition and become a market leader.

Award Winners

Throughout the years, Safeguard and our partner companies have amassed an array of prestigious awards and recognition from some of the largest and most influential industry leaders. Whether honoring regional impact or worldwide presence, these awards reinforce our collective commitment to innovation within the healthcare and technology markets.

Here are some highlights from Safeguard’s current partner companies:

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Future 50 Award: (2012)

Global 250 Award:
MediaMath (2010)

Spongecell (2012)

OnMedia 100 Award:
MediaMath (2009, 2010, 2011)

deloitte fast 500 awards (2007, 2009)

Bridgevine (2008)

MediaMath (2013)

Putney (2013)

Spongecell (2012, 2013)

Transactis (2014)

Crains awards

Best Places to Work:
MediaMath (2014)

Spongecell (2012, 2013, 2014)

50 Fastest Growing Companies:
MediaMath (2013, 2014)

ernst & young entrepreneur of the year awards

David Langsam,President and CEO, AdvantEdge Healthcare Solutions [Finalist] (2013)

Joe Zawadski, Co-Founder and CEO, MediaMath [Finalist] (2014)

Jean Hoffman, Founder, President and CEO, Putney (2014)

Darren Hill, Co-Founder and CEO, WebLinc [Finalist] (2014)

inc 500 / 5000 awards

AdvantEdge (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) (2007, 2008, 2012, 2013)

Bridgevine (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)

MediaMath (2012, 2014)

Putney (2011, 2013)

Spongecell (2011, 2012)

Transactis (2014)

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40 Under 40:
Rich Milgram, Founder and CEO, (2007)

CFO of the Year:
Stephen T. Zarrilli, SVP & CFO, Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (2011 [Finalist], 2012)

Philanthropic Donor Award for Small Companies:
Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (2008)

Learn more about our Award Winners

Increase your visibility and maximize your long-term value.

Recent Success Stories

Safeguard’s more than six-decade track record speaks to our proven ability to put entrepreneurs front and center.

As a result of this visibility and Safeguard’s strategic guidance, many of our partner companies have been acquired by top-tier, industry-leading companies.

Learn more about our Track Record

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When entrepreneurs succeed, we all win.

This founding principle underlines our commitment to help our early- and growth-stage partner companies realize their vision and make a lasting impact in our world.

Industries Targeted:

  • HealthTech
  • MedTech
  • Specialty Pharmaceuticals
  • AdTech/Digital Media
  • Enterprise Software
  • FinTech

Capital Requirements:

Over the course of our partnership with a company, Safeguard targets total capital deployments to be between


Safeguard Ownership:

Generally one of, if not the, primary institutional shareholder.


United States, with a focus on the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Are you ready to join the Safeguard family? Submit your business plan today!