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CircleUp is an online private company investment platform. The Company provides accredited investors with free access to direct investments in high-growth consumer product and retail private companies that were previously difficult to identify and access. For retail and consumer product entrepreneurs, it offers access to a network of sophisticated investors as well as value added partners. Typical investments on CircleUp are food, personal care, pet product, apparel or retail/restaurant companies.
HQSan Francisco, CA, US
Employee Ratings4.2
Overall CultureC-

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Employees (est.) (Jul 2021)84(-2%)
Job Openings7

Key People/Management at CircleUp

Ryan Caldbeck

Ryan Caldbeck

Founder and Executive Chairman
Grace Gellman

Grace Gellman

Chief of Staff
Rory Eakin

Rory Eakin

Co-Founder, Board of Directors
Nick Talwar

Nick Talwar

President & CEO
Emma Stubbs

Emma Stubbs

Ben Lee

Ben Lee

Managing Director
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CircleUp Office Locations

CircleUp has offices in San Francisco and New York
San Francisco, CA, US (HQ)
30 Maiden Ln Floor 6, San Francisco
New York, NY, US
New York, NY, USA
San Francisco, CA, US
548 Market St, San Francisco
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CircleUp Financials and Metrics

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CircleUp total Funding

$253 m

CircleUp latest funding size

$200 m

Time since last funding

2 years ago

CircleUp investors

CircleUp's latest funding round in September 2019 was reported to be $200 m. In total, CircleUp has raised $253 m
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CircleUp Online and Social Media Presence

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CircleUp News and Updates

CircleUp Appoints Nick Talwar CEO

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- CircleUp, an investment platform powered by technology on a mission to help entrepreneurs thrive, today announced that Nick Talwar has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Co-founder Ryan Caldbeck, CEO since the company was...

CircleUp Raises $200 Million To Woo Consumer Retail Startups With A VC Alternative: Loans

With $200 million in fresh funding, CircleUp is looking to back consumer retail businesses with no-equity loan alternatives to VC.

Constable joins CircleUp

CircleUp said Aug. 8 that Dr. Neil Constable has joined the company as its first chief investment officer. Constable joins from Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo & Co LLC, where, from 2006-2019, he variously served as partner, head of global equity and head of quantitative research. CircleUp is backe…

CircleUp Named To Fast Company's Annual List Of The World's Most Innovative Companies For 2019

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- CircleUp, the investment platform providing capital and resources to consumer brands, has been named to Fast Company's annual list of the World's Most Innovative Companies for 2019. The list features the businesses making the most profound...

Crowdfunding 2018 Global Market Key Players – Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Patreon Tilt, CircleUp, Angel List – Analysis and Forecast to 2023 Presents “Global Crowdfunding Market 2018 by Manufacturers, Countries, Type and Application, Forecast to 2023” New Document to its Studies Database Posted via Industry Today. Follow us on Twitter @IndustryToday
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CircleUp Blogs

Emerging Brands Outperformed During COVID-19

A year ago we shared our findings on the performance of consumer packaged goods (CPG) in recessionary environments. As COVID-19 ended an 11-year bull market, it was unclear whether CPG would follow that same path. Now, having analyzed the data, the unique COVID environment has proved to be the best …

Announcing the New Inner Circle

A community of resources and engagement for entrepreneurs Our Mission at CircleUp is to empower entrepreneurs with the funding and support they need to thrive. We believe it isn’t enough to just provide funding, but that support should go beyond the initial investment and solve universal problems fa…

Why Los Sundays is the spirits brand of 2021!

Today, we are excited to announce our investment in Los Sundays Tequila, a premium tequila company building a brand that targets the modern millennial, focusing on engaging consumers both on-premise, in-stores and online.  Founders Mitchell Hayes and Oliver Williams alongside their all female market…

Top 8 purchase criteria for vegan cheese…and how it still falls short

Once the butt of culinary-minded jokes, the rise of vegan or plant-based foods has become one of the defining consumer packaged goods (CPG) trends of the last decade. While vegan-lifestyle staples have always been popular among  the self-aware, animal ethicist set, the recent unflagging momentum of …

Why We Invested in Serenity Kids: Fastest Growing Baby & Toddler Foods Brand

It is powerful when a founder’s personal journey and company mission are aligned. It can create a passion and drive to win that is compelling. That combination is what helps make a business successful, and what we are looking for at CircleUp Growth Partners. We found exactly those characteristics wi…

Why We Invested in GEM

We’re excited to announce our partnership with GEM. GEM is a consumer life science company making daily bites made of real foods designed to improve whole body health. Founder Sara Cullen started with a simple premise that food is medicine. After selling over 8 million bites since launch and growing…
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CircleUp Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was CircleUp founded?

    CircleUp was founded in 2012.

  • Who are CircleUp key executives?

    CircleUp's key executives are Ryan Caldbeck, Grace Gellman and Rory Eakin.

  • How many employees does CircleUp have?

    CircleUp has 84 employees.

  • Who are CircleUp competitors?

    Competitors of CircleUp include Kickfurther, RedCapital and Vauraus.

  • Where is CircleUp headquarters?

    CircleUp headquarters is located at 30 Maiden Ln Floor 6, San Francisco, San Francisco.

  • Where are CircleUp offices?

    CircleUp has offices in San Francisco and New York.

  • How many offices does CircleUp have?

    CircleUp has 3 offices.