The CircleUp Vision

CircleUp’s mission is to help entrepreneurs thrive by giving them the capital and resources they need. You will see that on the wall of our office when you walk in, and every team member will be able to tell you it isn’t just for show. Our mission influences what we build and don’t build, who ...

Welcome, nutpods – The e-comm Phenomenon

nutpods marks one of the earliest examples of the impact Helio can have in surfacing young brands with strong conviction early in their trajectory. When Helio found nutpods a few months after the brand launched, nutpods had generated less than $50,000 in revenue, but showed exceptional brand growth, largely driven by outstanding product reviews. Fast ...

How Halo Top Became a Consumer Sensation

Halo Top has emerged as one of the biggest consumer phenomenons in recent years, with a devoted consumer base that snaps up as much of its low-calorie high protein ice cream as stores can stock. Until recently, they did almost no advertising, and the team continues to forgo a traditional office, instead working remotely and ...

Helio Just Got Smarter: Our New Partnership with Nielsen

At CircleUp, data fuels everything we do. Today I’m pleased to announce that CircleUp has established a new strategic partnership with Nielsen, one of the world’s foremost leaders in data, information, and measurement. More data = Smarter Helio For CircleUp, this partnership provides an expansive new integration of Nielsen’s rich consumer product data into Helio, ...

Welcome, 4505 Chicharrones – The Snack Shaking Up the Pork Rind Category

Meat snacks used to be an uninspiring category. Sales were largely limited to convenience stores and gas stations, and the products themselves were often greasy, unhealthy and laden with preservatives. Over the past decade, however, the category has transformed as new brands began aligning with what consumers want, creating healthier, clean label options. Innovation in ...

Welcome, HUM Nutrition

It’s a simple truth—people like to look and feel great. These desires have been at the core of countless consumer categories, but historically, looking and feeling great were two distinct goals. Some might use NYX’s lipstick to add a pop of color to your face, while others might take Omega-3 pills from Nature Made to ...

Why I Joined CircleUp

Simply put, I wanted to be part of something that nobody else has done before.

CircleUp25: Announcing the 2017 Winners

This marks the fifth year of CircleUp25, our awards recognizing the most innovative consumer and retail brands of the year. CircleUp25 is decided on by our expert judges and Helio, CircleUp’s internal data science platform for evaluating consumer brands. The competition was more fierce this year than ever before due to so many inspiring finalists. This year, ...

Introducing CircleUp Credit Advisors

 By: Asher Hochberg  Today we’re excited to announce the launch of CircleUp Credit Advisors, a new affiliate of CircleUp that provides consumer product businesses with the working capital financing they need to grow and thrive. The Cash Crunch Problem Since launching CircleUp in 2012, we’ve had the opportunity to work with hundreds of quickly growing consumer ...

CircleUp25 Alumni: Where Are They Now?

CircleUp25 is now in its fifth year—with winners to be announced on August 2nd. Over this time, we’ve evolved the program, added judges, adjusted the qualifications and nominations process and incorporated Helio, our internal data science platform for predicting the future business success of CPG brands. One thing that’s remained constant is, of course, our focus ...