Squared Circles closes $40m Series A investment to define a new era of science-backed consumer brands

Squared Circles closes $40m Series A investment to define a new era of science-backed consumer brands

Published: 10-06-2024 10:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau | hits: 621 | Tags:

Squared Circles, a consumer-focused venture studio incubating brands grounded in science, announced the closing of $40 million Series A funding round led by Catterton. The investment follows Catterton's prior participation in the company's Seed round, which had been led by investor Wildcat Capital Management, LLC, and Regeneration VC. With this new funding, Squared Circles plans to launch and scale at least five more health and wellness brands over the next three years.

Squared Circles is a venture incubator with a focus on creating science-backed consumer products in the food, beverage, and health and wellness spaces. The founding team collectively has over 60 years of experience in building brands and has launched eight companies, and to date, Squared Circles has built and launched three companies: Magic Molecule, a skin health solution that recreates a compound naturally produced by the white blood cells - hypochlorous acid; Algae Cooking Club, a healthy oil and fats product derived from microalgae, disrupting the $50 billion edible oils and fat end market and Freaks of Nature, a high performance skin microbiome brand designed for the 164 million outdoor enthusiasts in the U.S. alone.

Differentiating itself from other venture studios, Squared Circles licenses novel bioscience IP to deliver targeted product experiences and competitive moats and leverages a stage-gated playbook supported by generative AI to speed up innovation and improve efficiency.

Jon Owsley, Managing Partner, L Catterton Growth Fund: "We're thrilled to support Squared Circles as they create some of the most forward-thinking and innovative products that leverage science and AI to meet the needs of the consumers of tomorrow. Their targeted approach to consumables, expert grasp of consumer mindset and behavior, and seamless fusion of science with culture fill an important gap in the market. Squared Circles is set to lead the next wave of profitable, impactful innovation that benefits both people and the planet."

Osman Khan, Co-founder and CEO, Squared Circles: "We want to work with scientists to shape a future where consumer products benefit both individuals and the planet. We are excited to collaborate with leading consumer-focused investors such as L Catterton who not only share our long-term vision for creating transformational brands, and our dedication to ingenuity and sustainability, but also bring the extensive consumer expertise and deep operational knowledge that will help support our future endeavors."

The funding follows Squared Circles' release of the 2024 Conscious Maximalist™ Report, which identifies a new conscious consumer mindset shift shared by 46 million Americans and provides a blueprint for brands to succeed in 2024 and beyond.

www.squaredcircles.com

 

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