Press Release: Evolutionary Tree Celebrates 3-Year Track Record for Its #1-Ranked Growth & Innovation Strategy

Innovation investing boutique crosses key milestone with multiple PSN Top Guns awards

ALEXANDRIA, VA — June 18, 2021 — Evolutionary Tree Capital Management (“Evolutionary Tree”) — an independently-owned pioneer of concentrated, innovation-focused investing — is commemorating an important milestone: the three-year anniversary of its flagship Beagle Leading Innovators strategy. This coincides with the strategy being ranked #1 in the PSN Large Cap Growth universe over the three-year period ending 3/31/21. The Beagle Leading Innovators strategy also ranked #1 in PSN’s Bull & Bear Master report, capturing 137.6% of the Russell 1000 Growth Index’s upside and just 76.1% of its downside. The team believes this track record demonstrates that the firm’s risk-managed approach to investing in quality innovators has the potential to provide both offense and defense.

After 22 successful years at Sands Capital Management — a $70B+ concentrated growth investor — Tom Ricketts, CFA stepped away to fulfill his vision of building an institutional-class boutique. While instrumental in the rise of Sands Capital to a world-class investment manager, the most important role Mr. Ricketts held was as Senior Portfolio Manager and co-decision maker of the $20B+ Select Growth Strategy (2008–2015). Ricketts founded Evolutionary Tree in late 2017 with two other former Sands Capital employees. Firm assets are growing and exceed $200 million.

“As innovation continues to invade every corner of the economy, our philosophy and process are specifically designed to help clients navigate the accelerating pace of structural change creating new winners and losers.” said Mr. Ricketts. “Innovation and Evolution never stop! We are excited to continue evangelizing the power of concentrated, innovation-focused portfolios.”


Evolutionary Tree is proud to have partnered with a range of investors across the institutional, family office, and RIA community. These early adopters of the firm’s concentrated innovation strategies — Beagle Leading Innovators (U.S. large cap), Darwin Emerging Innovators (U.S. small/mid cap) and Humboldt Global Innovators (global equity) — provide a stable base of long-term oriented capital as it scales over time. The team believes the success of its small/mid cap and global strategies highlight the firm’s ability to identify emerging innovators and the value of targeting innovation clusters around the world, typically before they are recognized by traditional growth investors.

“I’ve experienced the magic of a boutique, and I can confidently say that the boutique structure has significant advantages – both for our clients and our team.” said Mr. Ricketts. “We are committed to remaining a boutique and limiting capacity to ensure our interests are squarely aligned with our clients at all times.”


The building blocks of an institutional-class boutique, including an experienced and collaborative investment team, high-quality operational and compliance programs, and dedicated client service, have settled firmly in place. Evolutionary Tree will continue to invest prudently in future growth as it seeks long-term partnerships with like-minded investors that appreciate the important role a dedicated innovation allocation can play in a diversified portfolio.

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About Evolutionary Tree Capital Management

Evolutionary Tree Capital Management is an employee-owned asset management firm specializing in innovation-focused concentrated growth equity investing. Their unique approach is based on the belief that innovation and evolutionary shifts drive secular change and growth across companies, industries and the economy. Evolutionary Tree portfolios are designed to harness important innovation and secular trends in concentrated portfolios of high-quality growth companies. Based in Alexandria, VA, Evolutionary Tree was founded in 2017 by Thomas Ricketts, CFA, an investment professional and portfolio manager who spent 22 years at Sands Capital. Visit to learn more.


About Havener Capital Partners

Havener Capital Partners is a sales and marketing agency dedicated to boutique asset managers. Helping some of the world’s most talented investment firms build, launch, and grow funds is important not only for our clients, but also for investors and the industry. Whether it’s testing funds in the market, expanding sales and marketing capabilities, or securing investments from our network of RIAs and family offices, we provide clients with an expert team and a time-tested framework that has raised over $8 billion dollars for boutique funds that led to over $30B in follow-on AUM. 


Havener Capital Partners LLC is an institutional division of Compass Securities Corporation. Securities offered through Compass Securities Corporation. Member FINRA SIPC. 50 Braintree Hill Office Park, Suite 105, Braintree, MA, 02184; T:781-535-6083

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