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Kurt Brungardt

Adjunct Professor; Managing Partner, Swifte

Kurt Brungardt is the Managing Partner at Swifte, a private equity firm that he founded in 2015. Swifte invests equity capital in small and medium-sized businesses with revenues of $500k - $100mm. Swifte’s fundamental mandate is to help portfolio company owners, board, and management teams accelerate growth, increase profitability and create new value for both owners and employees.

Prior to his role at Swifte, Kurt served as Chief Information Officer and Managing Director for more than 14 years at MSD Capital, L.P., the New York-based private investment firm managing Michael Dell and his family’s fortune. During his more than 14 years at MSD Capital, Kurt worked with both investment and operations teams to enable MSD Capital’s growth to $15 billion in assets under management, while designing and implementing the business process and systems needed by MSD to manage, mine and share its proprietary research.

Before MSD Capital, Mr. Brungardt spent 12 years in business operations and project roles at Digital Power Networks and General Dynamics Electric Boat Division.


  • M.S.,  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • B.S., University of Minnesota