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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.

Don’t Ask For Permission: How One Entrepreneur Is Disrupting The World Of Fashion With Compassion

By: CircleUp Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart started out in ethical fashion at the age of ten, when she sold her first t-shirt design: Being Cruel isn’t Cool. “That was the year I lost all my friends,” she says. “All I was interested in was animal rights and social justice. No one understood why I cared so ...

No Small Feat: How Morgan & Milo Is Reimagining Children’s Apparel

By: CircleUp How does someone with a degree in economics and aspirations of medicine end up building the one of the most unique lines of children footwear in the market today? Mia Abbruzzese was born in Swampscott, a small town on the outskirts of Boston, “which lends itself to the background of the branding of ...

The State of the Food Industry: Five Questions Investors Are Asking

 By: Nicholas Fereday This guest post comes to us from Nicholas Fereday. Nicholas covers Food and Consumer trends as Vice President, Global Senior Analyst at Rabobank International. Rabobank recently attended the CAGNY (Consumer Analyst Group of New York) conference in Boca Raton, FL. This annual jamboree is where food and beverage companies line up under the palm ...

CircleUp Alum The Orange Chef Co. Featured by eBay

By: CircleUp CircleUp Alum, The Orange Chef Co, was selected by eBay for its Entrepreneur at Ebay series. Founder, Santiago Merea, shared his story of following his passion, starting a family, and growing a new business. All at the same time.

Meet Urbio: How a Product for Garden-Loving Designers Turned into a Flexible Storage System for Everyone

By: CircleUp A design company first, Urbio’s original, signature product was designed to be a vertical, indoor gardening system. Created by designers, for designers, living in small, urban spaces, the system launched as a Kickstarter campaign in 2011. Within 5 weeks backers committed $77,000—more than 400% of Urbio’s original goal. Here’s where things got interesting. ...

Artís: The Berkeley-Based Coffee Startup That’s Taking on Starbucks

By: CircleUp Artis Coffee is raising capital from qualified accredited investors to fund their expansion on CircleUp. Interested investors can sign up here to view their offering. It’s hard to introduce Artís without giving away the punchline, so here it is: They roast your beans in front of you to your preference. And if you don’t ...

A Moment of Change in Investing

 By: Bill Harris This article comes to us from Bill Harris, Founder and CEO of Personal Capital. Personal Capital develops tools to help investors make smarter financial decisions. Learn more at PersonalCapital.com. The investing world has been slow to change – from branches and offices to online access – from once-a-quarter paper statements to real-time information – ...

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 ...