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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 Ratings4.5
Overall CultureC-

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Employees (est.) (Jan 2021)87
Cybersecurity ratingAMore

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

Dorothy Tse

Dorothy Tse

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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

a year 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 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

Announcing Our Investment in Partake Foods: Here’s Why We Invested in an Allergy Friendly Cookie Company

We’re thrilled to announce CircleUp Growth Partners’ investment in Partake Foods, a modern snacking platform that leads with allergy friendly products. Denise Woodard launched Partake when her daughter was diagnosed with severe allergies, and she’s on a mission to make fun, tasty snacks accessible t…

Why I Joined CircleUp

It had been nearly a year since I’d heard from my dear friend, Suzanna Silva Newsom, when she called in July with serendipitous news. Suzy explained that her company, Good Dirt—a fast-growing sustainable garden product brand based in North Carolina—had been approached by a tech-driven investment pla…

Why We Invested in Art of Sport

CircleUp Growth Partners is proud to welcome Art of Sport (AOS) as our 22nd portfolio company. AOS is a complete line of daily essential body and skincare products powered by natural botanicals and clean ingredients. Co-Founder and CEO Matthias Metterich and his team have brought truly game changing…

Why We Invested in Partake Brewing

We are thrilled to welcome Partake Brewing, a low-calorie / low-carb craft non-alcoholic beer, as CircleUp Growth Partner’s 21st portfolio company. Partake was launched in 2017 by Ted Fleming after he gave up drinking alcohol due to Crohn’s disease but wasn’t ready to give up craft beer. While our t…

Helio Found Liquid I.V. in 2017, What Does The Data Say in 2020?

It was announced today that Liquid I.V., the leading better-for-you electrolyte drink mix brand, has signed an agreement to be acquired by Unilever. We’re extremely excited to congratulate Brandin and team on the company they have built. Liquid I.V. is a standout brand in CircleUp Growth Partners’ p…

Congratulations, Liquid I.V.!

It was announced today that Liquid I.V., a leading better-for-you electrolyte drink mix brand, has signed an agreement to be acquired by Unilever. We are incredibly proud to have partnered with Founder & CEO Brandin Cohen over the last two years, as he and his team have built a brand that deeply…
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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 87 employees.

  • Who are CircleUp competitors?

    Competitors of CircleUp include RedCapital, and ShareIn.

  • 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.