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CircleUp Launches Second Marketplace Index Fund

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CircleUp, an investment crowdfunding platform that targets early stage consumer product companies, has launched its second Marketplace Index Fund II.  The first Fund recently closed after raising $4.4 million.  There is a $25,000 minimum for investors. The concept of the fund is pretty simple. Participation… Read More

Kickstarter Alum BedJet Announces Advisory Board & Series A Funding Round on CircleUp

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On Tuesday, Kickstarter success BedJet announced that it has appointed its advisory board. This group was created to provide strategic guidance and help drive the company’s continued growth. BedJet claims its sleep-inducing climate control device is the first and only product that can both cool you off within 10… Read More

Coolest Cooler will Raise Additional Capital via Equity Crowdfunding

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In a Google Hangout for Kickstarter backers of the Coolest Cooler, creator Ryan Grepper announced that he has decided to seek additional capital for his company via equity crowdfunding platform CircleUp. Grepper stated they were seeking $15 million in total during the online raise. He… Read More

CircleUp Helps California Startup Back to Roots Secure $3 Million

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Last week, California-based food company, Back to the Roots, announced it has completed a seed financing round, totaling $5 million. The company revealed it will be leaving the round open for thirty days through a crowdfunding campaign on CircleUp, which has so far raised $3 million. Back to the Roots… Read More

Forbes Adds Seven FinTech Sandbox Members to Fintech 50 List of 2015

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FinTech Sandbox, a nonprofit that helps FinTech startups access data and build great products, announced on Thursday that seven of its community members were recently named to the prestigious Forbes FinTech 50 list for 2015. The winners include four Sandbox residents who rely on critical… Read More

CircleUp Launches Marketplace Index Fund. Plans to Open Up Fund to Non-Accredited Investors in 2016

CircleUp Marketplace Index Fund

Equity crowdfunding platform has launched the Marketplace Index Fund that will invest in multiple companies raising capital online. The fund will allow investors to easily diversify their holdings thus mitigating risk. The basket of up to 125 early stage companies quickly sold out for investors… Read More

CircleUp Raises $30 Million in Series C Funding


CircleUp, a leading marketplace for equity investments in private companies, today announced it has raised $30 million in Series C funding, bringing its total funding to $53 million. The round was led by Collaborative Fund, with participation from Capital One co-founder Nigel Morris, and former CEOs… Read More

General Mills to Channel “Multi-Millions” via CircleUp to Invest in Emerging Brands

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General Mills (NYSE:GIS), a multi-billion international consumer food company, has partnered with equity crowdfunding platform CircleUp to provide “multi-millions” towards startups raising capital on the site.  This is part of General Mills 301 INC venture / new business  development unit.  The company states this is the… Read More

Title III Crowdfunding: Talking About a Revolution

SEC Commissioners Announce Final Rules on Title III Crowdfunding

What took place this morning is nothing short of revolutionary. For the first time in the history of the Securities and Exchange Commission (82 years), retail investors (ordinary people without income, wealth or sophistication qualifications) will be able to invest in private businesses en mass…. Read More

CircleUp Boosts Liquidity with Secondary Market called CircleUp Rights+

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CircleUp, an equity crowdfunding platform that target consumer facing companies,  launched a secondary market for shareholders to trade shares last week.  According to a report in CNBC, the platform will enable investors to sell or buy shares in the CircleUp listings twice a year. Ryan… Read More

ENU Nutritional Shakes Creator Trovita Health Science Seeks Funds Through CircleUp For Patent-Pending Product

ENU Trovita Health Science

Last week, Trovita Health Sciences, the company behind ENU Nutritional Shakes, launched a crowdfunding campaign on CircleUp to to continue growth of its flagship brand ENU, and to launch a new patent-pending product for enteral nutrition. Trovita Health Science is an emerging specialty health and nutrition company,… Read More

Colorado’s Sunflower Seed Butter Good Luck Chuck Launches CircleUp Initiative to Raise $750,000 For Expansion

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Good Luck Chuck LLC, a Boulder-based sunflower seed butter company, announce this week that it has initiated its first round of funding through crowdfunding platform, CircleUp. The brand stated: “Good Luck Chuck seeks to gain a national acceptance by appealing to groups that are typically ignored… Read More

Q&A: Rory Eakin, COO & Co-Founder of CircleUp, Talks New Consumer Growth Fund, Online Marketplaces’ Effect On Access To Capital

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  “Trying.” states Rory Eakin’s Twitter bio, which could describe its owner as well as the company Rory co-founded, CircleUp. But perhaps Rory’s bio needs one more word: “Succeeding.” In the last two years, the company has launched several notable products, such as the Consumer Growth Fund,… Read More

Whatever Happened to the Crowdfunding Patent Lawsuit?

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Back in January of this year, Crowdfund Insider covered a patent lawsuit that sought to challenge many of the prominent US crowdfunding platforms in operation today.  This included both rewards/donations and investment crowdfunding platforms.  AlphaCap ventures, a company that has been described as a patent troll,… Read More

CircleUp Captures $22M to Invest in Consumer Brands That Campaigned on Its Very Own Platform

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Equity crowdfunding platform, CircleUp, recently revealed that it has secured $22 million so that it may invest in consumer brands that previously received funds through its site. According to TechCrunch, CircleUp’s funding round, The Consumer Growth Fund, is set to match investments made on its platform by others, but does… Read More

On CircleUp, Women Founders are 5X More Successful Compared to Raising Money from VCs

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There has been an ongoing discussion regarding the disparity between female and male entrepreneurs. A vital element of this discourse is access to capital.  You cannot startup a business without funding. Just doesn’t happen.  There appears to be some initial evidence that crowdfunding may alleviate… Read More

New PENSCO Report Reveals Key Trends in Equity Crowdfunding & Early Stage Investing

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PENSCO Trust Company released a report today on key trends driving the surging popularity of equity crowdfunding. In the 2015 PENSCO Crowdfunding Report preeminent voices in crowdfunding and early stage investing discuss the leading edge of private equity and provide tips for investors in search of these… Read More

Smackdown: Steve Case on Mark Cuban “His View is Skewed by the Circles He Runs in” as Cuban Criticizes Crowdfunding

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Steve Case, a staunch proponent of investment crowdfunding and advocate of access to capital for SMEs, called out billionaire pundit Mark Cuban on CNBC this morning. Ostensibly the discussion was on the Tech Bubble “Yes or No” polemic but discourse ended up being a bit… Read More