We are passionate about creating value

Cornerstone was created as a result of our combined experience in venture capital, private equity, and consulting to focus primarily on the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) sector in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.

We believe that SMEs require both strategy consulting advice, offered by top-tier strategy firms to executives in blue chip companies, and growth capital extended by private equity and venture capital funds. Nevertheless, the regional SME sector has yet to develop the knowledge and skills required to engage consultants or to obtain funding from institutional investors.

We collaborate with SMEs that have validated business models and strong management teams. We co-create value by defining the business strategy, supporting execution of strategy through tailored governance, and providing access to funding in exchange for an active, minority shareholding investment position.

In addition, we work alongside family businesses, acting as an independent member of their Board of Directors. We provide an outside-in perspective to the business, focusing on institutionalizing family and business governance and sustaining profits through effective strategy development and execution monitoring practices.

Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

Our primary goal is to help SMEs transform to become sustainable value creators by transferring the knowledge we have gained advising management teams in leading organizations. For an SME organization interested in partnering with Cornerstone, we provide the following:

  • Define the business strategy, outline an implementation plan, and support implementation
  • Enhance founders and key management leadership and business capabilities
  • Identify current gaps in the organization structure, key roles and responsibilities, and institute governance
  • Set monitoring tools and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) required for business growth, cost control, and profitability enhancement
  • Estimate business value and full-potential value
  • Provide access to both debt financing or equity funding

Family businesses & Large Corporates

We work with family businesses and larger organizations that face challenges in succession planning, governance, indefinite growth, and diversification strategies. If your business falls under this category we can:

  • Develop the fact-based diagnostic assessment to build understanding of key strengths within the organization
  • Assess and provide capital restructuring alternatives
  • Identify gaps in the organization structure, define key roles and responsibilities, and institute governance
  • Collaborate and manage top-tier consulting firms as a project manager -if needed- on behalf of our clients to ensure results delivery
  • Estimate business value and full-potential value
  • Act as independent board members providing unbiased advice on key decisions ranging from management change, hiring of key positions, capital investments, and monitoring of portfolio companies