Raising Money + Lessons from 1000 Founders – Steven of CircleUp

Our own Steven Vigilante was on Food Startups Podcast to discuss the process of sourcing and evaluating innovative, early-stage brands and coaching entrepreneurs through the fundraising process at CircleUp. Give it a listen for his take on:

  • The fallout from Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods
  • An 18 billion dollar shift from large brands to small brands in the consumer space from 2011-2015
  • Helio, CircleUp’s data science platform early-stage CPG investing space
  • How to attack a trade show
  • The future of plant-based, and its entry into the mainstream
  • The 5 different types of CPG entrepreneurs
  • Why some companies can raise money and others can’t
  • How to talk to investors and key financial metrics to consider
  • When to raise money
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Founded in 2009, CircleUp is a privately owned company on a mission to empower entrepreneurs with the funding and support that they need to thrive. Having facilitated investments for 500+ brands and counting, CircleUp uses their business technology platform, Helio, to increase the speed, quality, and objectivity of decision making in the private company landscape. Using a unique combination of data and machine learning technology, CircleUp makes it possible for underserved entrepreneurs to finally get the support they deserve. With a vast network of entrepreneurs, institutional investors, industry experts, and flexible financing solutions, CircleUp is shining a light on untapped human potential and transforming the world of private enterprise. For more information please visit: http://www.circleup.com.

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