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CircleUp is a technology company that provides capital to innovative early-stage consumer brands and opportunities for leading investors to participate in their growth.

From Kickstarter to CircleUp, How Nomad is Building the Ultimate Customer Powered Brand

 By: Jonathan Sandlund In November of last year Nomad closed its Series A financing. But this wasn’t just any Silicon Valley fundraise. Nomad was unique. It leveraged a new securities exemption that allowed it to broadly advertise its fundraise—enabling the company to raise capital from its fanatical customer base. Customers, investors, whom have now joined in the company’s ...

Presentation | The Top 4 Legal Issues for Food Startups

Livestream February 4th: 11:00 – 11:45 AM PT Overview Michele Simon and Lauren Handel of Foscolo & Handel PLLC will cover the top four legal issues for startup food businesses. Unlawful or risky marketing claims Marketing opportunities, such as key product certifications Managing product liability risks Unique regulatory compliance and liability concerns for innovative foods This ...

Webinar | How to Sell into Walmart: Strategies from former Director, Kenji Gjovig

Presentation   About Webinar We’re excited to host Kenji Gjovig, former Director of Supplier Development at Walmart Global eCommerce. Kenji left Walmart in September 2014 to form High Tide Consulting with the express purpose of game changing how Manufacturers approach Walmart Stores Inc. Kenji provides best-in-industry support for Manufacturers and Suppliers to help them optimize their partnership with ...

CircleUp’s 2014 Consumer Dealflow Rewind

 By: Zach Grannis  At CircleUp, we find investment opportunity in early stage, high growth consumer brands. A core tenet of this thesis is the underpinnings of healthy exit environment – the dynamics of which remain vibrant as ever from our vantage. As we enter the last two weeks of 2014, we took some time to reflect ...

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2014 Q3 Food and Beverage M&A Activity — North America

 By Lincoln International on 2014-12-11 Each week we share learnings and insights from experts in the consumer product and retail space. This week’s insights come from Lincoln International , a leading investment bank servicing the consumer industry. Lincoln specializes in merger and acquisition advisory services, debt advisory services, private capital raising and restructuring advice on mid-market transactions. Summary Observations: Activity ...

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A Comparison of Rule 506(b) and 506(c) Offerings

 By: Lucas Huizar  Following up on last week’s post on the origin of Rule 506(c), I’d like to speak to one of the most common questions I receive regarding publicly advertised 506(c) offerings from issuers, their counsel, and investors. How is it different from Rule 506(b)? The chart below covers a few of the differences between 506(b) ...

Zero to One: The Story of Joia All Natural Soda

 By: Jonathan Sandlund Zero to One is a series that explores the origin stories of entrepreneurs fundraising on CircleUp. Who are they? What inspired them? And what challenges did they face going from idea, to product, to market? From Zero to One. I’m joined this week by the founder and CEO of Joia All Natural Soda, ...

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Webinar | Inside the Minds of Angel Investors

Livestream Webinar begins at 11:00AM PT Overview Raising capital? Join CircleUp’s Business Development Manager and former private equity investor, Katie Fitzgerald, this Tuesday, December 9th at 11AM PT to learn more about the process of fundraising from angel investors. Katie will cover four key topics: Introduction to CircleUp What investors look for Decoding common diligence topics ...

How The Coca-Cola Company’s Internal Venture Capital Group Is Fueling Disruption in Consumer Products

By: CircleUp This week’s post is a Q&A with Coca-Cola’s internal venture group, VEB (Venturing & Emerging Brands). As we continue to explore issues of crowdfunding, entrepreneurship, and disruptive forms of finance, I thought hearing from the venture group of a world class consumer brand would be interesting. As an investor and entrepreneur, I think ...

Webinar | Introducing QVC: Strategies from former executive, Martin Bispels.

By: CircleUp Livestream Webinar begins at 11:00AM PT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkBn6qpsYI4 About Webinar We’re excited to host former QVC VP of Business Development Martin Bispels this Tuesday, December 2, 2014 11:00am – 12pm PT. Martin will share key insights with brands looking to sell on QVC. When Tuesday, December 2, 2014 11:00am – 12pm PT Where Register on Google+ Ask Questions! Have ...