My name is Steven Sponder. I am an entrepreneur and accredited investor who invests in businesses (mostly startup and mid-stage restaurants and technology companies). I have founded, co-founded and invested in businesses in California, Hawaii, Florida and Virginia over the past 30 years.
I am always on the lookout for talented, hard-working individuals in need of an equity investor with extensive business ownership experience.
My Process For Investing in a deal is straightforward. In addition to capital, I provide the businesses I invest in with guidance drawing upon my 30+ years experience owning businesses. If you would like me to consider investing in your opportunity, start by filling in this initial Request For Investment form. If it piques my interest, I will contact you back.
As an owner and investor in restaurants, I have been involved with a variety of cuisines ranging from Italian to Cajun to Asian to American Regional to Craft Burgers in segments including Fast-Casual, Quick-Service, Casual Dining and Fine Dining. Restaurant concepts I created over three decades ago continue to thrive and are being enjoyed by guests to this day. I’m proud that restaurant concepts I created have served millions of guests over the years – including 5 U.S. Presidents. My restaurant concept creation and development projects have appeared in business and consumer publications including USA Today®, The New York Times®, Bon Appetit® and GOURMET Magazine®. The Nation’s Restaurant News® credited me with creating a Team-Service system now used in restaurants around the world.
In addition to investing in and owning Restaurants, I founded two Information Technology companies – one selected by Microsoft® for a joint-venture partnership, and another backed by U.S. and European Venture Capitalists and selected for a partnership with AOL-Time Warner® before being acquired. In the partnership with Microsoft, my company’s solution for the hospitality industry was singled out and demonstrated by Microsoft’s co-founder (Bill Gates) and other senior Microsoft executives at keynote presentations. Microsoft’s Board of Directors also identified my company as one of their most valued content partners. During my time as a technology entrepreneur, I led the formation of strategic alliances with several global companies including Oracle®, GE® and IBM®. I have also presented Business Plans in front of numerous Venture Capitalists resulting in the raising of several rounds of equity investment totalling more than $10 million.
In addition to entrepreneurial pursuits, I have served on business, university and trade association Advisory Boards. I am grateful for the entrepreneurs who guided and mentored me early in my career – and I in turn provide mentoring advice to aspiring entrepreneurs.