Des Moines, Iowa – July 12, 2017 – Bridgepoint Merchant Banking (“Bridgepoint”), a full-service investment banking, private equity and advisory services firm, is proud to announce that Adam Claypool has joined the Iowa Innovation Corporation’s Board of Directors.
“The Iowa Innovation Corporation (IICorp) plays a critical role in Iowa’s entrepreneurial and business community” said Mr. Claypool, a Founder and Managing Principal of Bridgepoint. “I am thrilled to work with IICorp’s experienced team, Board and representatives from the Iowa Economic Development Authority to contribute to IICorp’s mission of fostering growth and economic development throughout Iowa. Iowa has a truly innovative economy and I am excited to help accelerate the development of good ideas into self-sustaining companies that will grow the state’s economy and attract talent.”
Mr. Claypool has over 17 years of investment banking experience, including 9 years of venture capital fund management, with a career focused exclusively on serving the needs of Midwest-based lower and middle market companies with their growth and corporate strategies. His knowledge stems from working with companies at various stages across sectors including information technology, advanced manufacturing and financial services. He has worked extensively with family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, venture capital-backed companies, and private equity/venture capital firms.
“It’s important that companies, from early stage to established, have the resources readily available to solve problems and drive growth, new jobs and innovation,” said Mr. Claypool. “I look forward to supporting IICorp in its role as a facilitator to progress companies through their development cycle more quickly and with less friction, as well as encourage the formation of new sources of capital for investment in Iowa companies.”
The Iowa Innovation Corporation, along with its many partners across the state, identifies and works with companies to determine where they are in their life cycle to connect them with the resources they need to succeed. As a private, non-profit entity, IICorp is different than traditional economic development programs because they focus on adding strategic value to companies. IICorp engages with management teams to provide strategic, operating, talent and capital solutions to companies with the goal of removing obstacles and challenges to growth. To learn more about the Iowa Innovation Corporation, click here.
Mr. Claypool is a member or observer to the boards of BirdDogHR, GCommerce, and TrueChoice Solutions. He serves on the board of trustees and the Strategic Planning Committee for the Hospice of Central Iowa Foundation, as well as the Finance and Investment Committee for the Plymouth Church Foundation. He earned his B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Iowa.
About Bridgepoint Merchant Banking
Bridgepoint Merchant Banking, a division of Bridgepoint Holdings IA, LLC, is a lower and middle market investment banking firm with offices in Des Moines, Omaha, Lincoln, and Denver. The Bridgepoint team, through their broker dealer relationship with M&A Securities Group, an unaffiliated entity, serves clients over their corporate lifecycles by providing merger and acquisition, capital raising, and strategic advisory services. Bridgepoint Principals have completed more than $158 billion of M&A, corporate finance and advisory services transactions over their careers. To learn more please visit www.bridgepointmb.com.