aimXcelerate is a direct path for ambitious managers to owning & managing a SME.
It is the program’s mission to accelerate the entrepreneurial journey of high-potential managers through targeted acquisitions.
We offer experienced intrapreneurs/managers a structured opportunity to acquire, manage and
grow a private company, supported by powerful in-house experts.
We focus on mutual benefit and growth. Our Xcelerate program carefully selects talented individuals with the ambition and competences to grow a business.
Working with us, you can rely on acquisition support , dedicated time and capital resources in your pursuit to owning and managing an SME.
We offer business owners an elegant succession solution , handing over their business to aspiring entrepreneurs with the strong support of aim, ready to further professionalize and grow.
aim offers fully fledged finance (M&A and CFO-services including accounting A-Z), strategy & people support, allowing the manager to focus on the core business operations.
Together we install a board of directors with external members, to operate in a professional and best-in-class governance framework.
SELECTION & ACQUITISION PROCESS
aimXcelerate – a structured path towards entrepreneurship
Start with expressing your interest by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (candidates should be prepared to submit their CV, a cover letter and any information that is relevant to your search industry & sectors).
Outlining our philosophy
Candidates receive feedback on whether or not they are invited for a face-to-face meeting at the aim offices. In this session, we are happy to further introduce the Candidate to aim (history, achievements, ambitions), discuss the Candidate’s professional background & motivation and take a deep-dive into our aim-manager philosophy.
Get to know our Team
In this next stage, qualified candidates will be invited to an interview with our acquisition team. Candidates are asked to present themselves and their desired ‘search universe’ (geographical focus, industry/sector, possible existing leads or comparable businesses). The candidate will be invited to elaborate on how their experience, background and network can be of value in the anticipated search.
Define your search strategy
If cleared by our CEO, the candidate and our dedicated M&A team jointly refine and narrow the search scope. Subsequently, we calibrate our search strategy towards identifying suitable targets. In an ongoing dialogue, the M&A team then starts its search for opportunities in the market, unburdening the manager with this critical but time-consuming task.
Progress towards a signed LOI
Once targets are identified, we approach them and actively engage in discussions towards signing a Letter of Intent (LOI). Throughout this process, we get to know each other further and we invite you to an assessment center to formally map the complementarity and cultural fit between yourself and aim.
Closing the deal
Once the LOI is signed, due diligence is performed on the target, with the manager focusing on operational/commercial aspects while aim focus on the financial, social, and legal aspects. Supported by its experience and strong relations with banks, aim arranges optimal deal structuring terms and draws up the necessary contracts between shareholders.
After the closing, you become the face of the company and take on daily leadership, with aim providing support in areas such as finance (full accounting services, CFO services, ad-hoc M&A services), strategy (CEO sounding board, development of a five-year plan, establishment of an advisory board), and people (positioning and expanding the internal team to enable growth).
Organic & anorganic growth
In a genuine partnership, we work together for a defined period of 5 years with the goal of extending our partnership with successive periods of 5 years. The ultimate goal is to jointly write a beautiful continuation to the story of the acquired company. It is important to highlight that aim operates with a ‘buy-and-grow’ strategy, with a long-term investment horizon and without a proposed exit.
Where we invest in
We have a broad interest, a few criteria to steer in the right direction.
Belgium, satellite offices abroad can be considered
EBIT(DA) range of 500k-1.500k EUR (no fixed thresholds)
Preference to jointly acquire 100% of the shares
Operational improvements / revenue growth
B2B, in a stable/ growing market
Operating defined by entry barriers
Out of scope
Manufacturing & construction
Define 1 to 3 target industries/sectors
3+ years of industry relevant experience
Proven track record in managing teams
Growth mindset & clear P&L thinking
Meet your predecessors
Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our aim-managers say:
Frequently asked questions
Sure! Our dedicated M&A team will support and mentor you during the acquisition process from A-Z.
No, since each of our Managers are focused on specific industries and geographies, they do not compete for acquisition opportunities.
We partner with highly motivated individuals who have proven operational track records in their target industries. Some key characteristics of successful managers include strong determination and work ethic, highly developed interpersonal and commercial skills, and the ability to execute and implement.
For the time being aim is focused specifically on Belgium. Although we do have operations and physical locations in the UK and the US, we are focused on companies headquarted in Belgium.
Post acquisition, aim-managers receive attractive compensation for their role as CEO and reap the financial benefits as co-shareholder given they acquire (up to) 20% of the shares at the time of acquisition.
Yes! Although this is an intensive search process, the aim team will be in the driving seat. When needed, we obviously expect a flexible schedule, but there is no need to quit your current job. This also immediately reduces your risk significantly.
Get in touch via email@example.com or +32 491 74 60 54!