Behind the Raise: Meet Miyoko Schinner, Founder of Miyoko’s Kitchen

Company Name: Miyoko’s Kitchen Investors: JMK Consumer Growth Partners, Obvious Ventures, Stray Dog Capital, CircleUp Growth Fund Recent Raise: $6 million series B Miyoko’s Kitchen is the brainchild of vegan, chef, and animal rights activist Miyoko Schinner. With freshly minted capital raised on CircleUp, Schinner is aiming to edge her brand’s gourmet, plant-based cheese — as well ...

Announcing The Launch of Helio

CircleUp exists to help promising entrepreneurs raise capital and sophisticated investors invest in breakthrough brands with confidence and efficiency on both sides. Since we opened our doors in 2012 we’ve been challenging private equity norms by revolutionizing manual company sourcing and vetting with a technology-driven private marketplace. The ability to standardize and extract deep insights ...

How the Founders of Happy Tree Are Using Data to Grow Their Brand

You can’t start a maple water business without first tapping a tree and seeing what comes out. Ari Tolwin was working as a consultant at McKinsey when he discovered his new passion. One weekend, he decided to visit his brother, Chaim, in the Catskill Mountains. Chaim was making maple syrup and asked Ari to help. ...

Brand Evolution: How to Be the One That Lasts

As times change, iconic brands seem to stand still. Coca-Cola’s signature red background and white cursive has withstood world wars, economic depressions, and innumerable trends in the beverage industry. But look closely and great brands are the ones in near-constant flux. To be iconic you first need to be innovative. Coca-Cola’s trademark red and white ...

Classic Supply Chain Issues Every Food and Beverage CPG Company Runs Into

An Icelandic man wants to recreate the hearty yoghurt of his childhood. A woman from California decides she shouldn’t have to carry around homemade dairy-free cream whenever she wants to go out for coffee. A Wall Street broker has a heart condition that gives him a lot of time to think about hospital food. CPG ...

How the founders of Wild Friends won big with lead investment from Annie’s CEO

As sophomore athletes, Keeley Tillotson and Erika Welsh consumed peanut butter like it was water. In a beautifully simple product-first story, they started making their own peanut butter to save money, started sharing it with their friends, and… dropped out of college because it was so good. As they approached the fundraising stage for their ...

A Great Founding Team Is In a Constant State of Evolution

As you enter a fundraising round, you want to present a united front to investors. You want a strong, stable team so you can focus all your energy on communicating your business, perfecting pitch decks, and keeping in touch with people who look interested. Surely this isn’t the best time to disrupt your founding team. ...

Tio Gazpacho successfully raised on CircleUp. Here’s how.

Austin Allan founded his chilled soup brand Tio Gazpacho in 2013 after leaving corporate America. He was set on pursuing something creative and interesting. That quest led him to the food industry, where he saw a lot of problems that needed to be addressed. “On the surface, we make a line of drinkable gazpachos. However what we ...

The Sales Funnel Approach to Finding Investors

A few weeks ago, we had entrepreneur and “Get Backed” author Evan Baehr give a webinar on how to build the perfect pitch deck and appeal to investors. We’re sharing some of his expertise in a series of blog posts for those who missed it. Founders drastically underestimate how many investors they’ll have to meet with before closing the ...

15 Questions to Nail Before Your Institutional Investor Meeting

By:CircleUp For entrepreneurs, the chance to pitch to an investor is one of the most critical moments in their early business. The pressure is on to sell your product, your business and even yourself. But as CircleUp capital markets principal Michael Graver reminds us, knowing what to expect eases the pressure. The founders who understand ...