Baird Capital's global platform is designed to drive value creation in smaller, high-potential companies through cross-border collaboration, deep industry knowledge and extensive operational resources.
Baird Capital invests in strategically targeted subsectors across the Industrial Solutions, Technology & Services and Healthcare sectors. We make private equity, growth equity and venture capital investments in lower middle-market companies. We focus on compelling businesses where we can partner with entrepreneurial management teams in an effort to build outstanding companies. Our 58 active portfolio companies have combined revenues of $2.5 billion and more than 17,300 employees.
OUR GLOBAL FOCUS
Baird Capital has worked diligently to evolve its business into an integrated global platform that combines industry expertise, investment experience and operational resources. Our global team of 59 investment, operating and support professionals works closely to share knowledge, generate compelling investment and operating ideas, and facilitate deal flow. And, where appropriate, we leverage Baird's Equity Research and Global Investment Banking capabilities for additional breadth and perspective on potential investment opportunities.
The slow-growth environment during 2015 prompted smaller companies like those owned by Baird Capital to seek new opportunities for growth. Many sought add-on acquisitions, investments in innovation, outsourcing opportunities, access to new global markets and more. Implementing strategies like these are core areas of focus for Baird Capital.
raised and managed
Since inception, we have raised $3.1 billion and invested in 291 companies.
We work closely with our portfolio companies' management teams. Our sector-focused teams share their knowledge and expertise and provide companies with access to our network of senior executives, many of whom are industry veterans with deep operating expertise. These capabilities are complemented by our Portfolio Operations team, which actively partners with portfolio company management to identify opportunities for cost savings, improved efficiency, operational excellence, expansion into new markets and human capital initiatives. We also leverage our global relationship network and portfolio management toolkit to support companies' growth initiatives, with the goal of building businesses that can compete in today's global marketplace. We added three new operating partners in 2015 to deepen our resources across our sectors of focus and enhance the value we bring to our portfolio companies.
A ROBUST YEAR
During 2015, Baird Capital strove for operational excellence across our portfolio companies by leveraging our platform's sector expertise, operational resources and global perspective. We realized $272 million, primarily from the exits of eight investments. We also made new investments in our core sectors, deploying $83 million in seven new standalone investments. We supported a number of existing portfolio companies by investing $47 million in 36 follow-on investments.