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Hyperlite Mountain Gear raises $1.1 Million

CEI Ventures co-led the round along with Telluride Venture Fund and Maine Venture Fund.

23rd January 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Biddeford, Maine


Hyperlite Mountain Gear, manufacturer of 100% USA-made ultralight outdoor equipment, has announced it has completed a $1.1 million early series round of financing. CEI Ventures co-led the round along with Telluride Venture Fund and Maine Venture Fund.

The investment will enable the 50+ employee company to expand production and R&D capacity and begin introducing automation to its manufacturing facility in Biddeford.

“We are thrilled to announce this round of investment to further help us grow,” said Mike St. Pierre, founder and CEO of Hyperlite Mountain Gear, “and we look forward to building on our ability to help outdoor adventurers do more with less as we expand our reach and product offering of high-tech, high-quality, high-performance ultralight gear.”

With a product line of lightweight, durable and functional backpacks, shelters and accessories, Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s base of manufacturing is in Biddeford, Maine’s historic Pepperell Mill. Once a national centre of textile manufacturing, Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s commitment to producing there is significant in the rebuilding of the local economy with an innovative 21st century textile product. The founders insist on keeping production in-house to provide the highest quality product for its consumers.

“Hyperlite Mountain Gear’s success proves that rural America is home to smart, high-growth companies,” said Chandler Jones, Principal of CEI Ventures. “We invest in companies that exhibit rapid growth and dynamic transformation that also contribute to building an economy that works for everyone.”

Hyperlite is an alumnus of the Telluride Venture Accelerator, a program affiliated with the Telluride Venture Fund. While not in Telluride Venture Fund’s typical geographic footprint, Hyperlite Mountain Gear fits its investment sector focus of the outdoors.

“The company has an impressive management team and solid existing product portfolio,” said Kurt Dalton of Telluride Venture Fund and Chairman of the Board at Hyperlite Mountain Gear. “The co-founders Mike and Dan St. Pierre have been a fantastic one-two punch on the creative and operational side -- better than we initially expected. We were ready to support the business regardless of the fact that they weren't basing themselves in our geo-region. Their products are certainly used by many in our geo region! This fundraising round solidifies the company’s growth plans for the future”

Jayme Okma Lee, Investment Manager of Maine Venture Fund congratulates the company’s team and board of directors for its continued growth and success, “Hyperlite Mountain Gear is an excellent example of how impact focused venture capital funds collaborate to support a well-performing business that is creating jobs and value for its shareholders.”

Founded in 2010, Hyperlite Mountain Gear has been transforming the way people experience the outdoors by offering high-performance, ultralight equipment that allow adventurers to do more with less. The company was born out of CEO, Mike St. Pierre’s past dissatisfaction with the market availability of high-performing ultralight gear.

Today, Hyperlite Mountain Gear product development is steered by the internal motto, “Precisely what’s needed and nothing more,” and it is dedicated to developing high-quality products free from the latest trends and nonessentials. The company has been rapidly expanding each year since inception and is located in the Pepperell Mill, a historic Biddeford, Maine mill that once employed thousands of textile workers from the mid-1800s through the late 20th century.

Hyperlite Mountain Gear proudly sources all materials, and hand-crafts its products directly in the U.S.A. 

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