Little Engine Ventures


Transforming small business ownership
Go to Acquire


LEV acquires meaningful portions of traditional small businesses.

Go to Innovate


LEV applies technology, processes and business model innovations to better serve customers.

Little Engine Ventures is a partnership of business owners.
Think Big, Act Small

We help small businesses accelerate growth and become more valuable to all stakeholders. This means taking a long term approach to compounding while implementing the most impactful next step.

  • We are business owners with significant portions of our net worth aligned with you.


Proudly Midwestern

Daryl Starr

A serial entrepreneur committed to helping founders and CEOs realize their dreams, Starr oversees capital allocation and working really hard.

Neil Banwart

A MBA, CFA finance extraordinaire, Banwart is responsible for analysis, budgeting, banking and investor relations.

Mikel Berger

A proven team leader for both technical and community. Berger oversees leadership development and making sure innovations solve real problems.

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