Sean Cantwell
Managing Partner

“Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both.
I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”

– Michael Scott, The Office

Meet Sean Cantwell

Sean Cantwell is a managing partner and member of the founding team at Volition Capital. He focuses primarily on companies in the Software and Tech-Enabled Services sectors.


Sean’s current board directorships and investments include Assent Compliance, Broker Genius, GRAX, JazzHR, and Tracelink.


Sean served on the boards of VisualIQ (acquired by Nielsen), iPipeline (acquired by Thoma Bravo), G5 Search Marketing (PeakEquity Partners), GeoLearning (acquired by SumTotal), Globaltranz (acquired by Jordan & Company), EnterpriseDB (acquired by PeakEquity Partners), and PingID (acquired by Vista Equity).


“I admire  the tenacity and guts of the founders we work with. They possess a level of relentlessness that inspires me to push harder for them. I consider it my personal mission to help them reach their goals. I absolutely love investing, but my favorite part of this job, by far, is the people I get to work with. I strive to have a personal relationship with every founder and every management team I meet.”


Sean has deep experience in all aspects of middle-market leveraged finance and has led multiple successful lending and asset management businesses over his 35-year career. Before launching Volition Capital, Sean was an investor at Fidelity Ventures. He also spent three years at Summit Partners focused on growth equity investments in software, healthcare, and financial services. 

Sean received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Notre Dame in 1999 and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2006.

Fun Facts About Sean:
  • He delivered newspapers every morning at 5:30 am starting in 4th grade until the day he left for college
  • He firmly believes that his hometown of Allentown, PA is the greatest place on Earth
  • His hobbies include CrossFit and Golf
  • He is a proud parent of 4 active kids
  • He’s a big sports fan – all Philly teams, ND Football, and Liverpool Football Club
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