Circle Optics Recognized As One Of Pepperdine’s Most Fundable Companies

Oct 14, 2022 | Company News | 0 comments


Rochester, New York, Oct. 14 2022: Circle Optics is delighted to announce that it achieved the Silver recognition on thePepperdine Graziadio Business School’s fifth annualMost Fundable Companies® List. Circle Optics competed against over 4,000 of early-stage US companies to be named one of 16 companies in total. The Most Fundable Companies initiative aims to educate founders on the investor diligence process and recognize exceptional entrepreneurs who are solving today’s problems with inventive solutions and are also seeking investment capital to fuel their company’s growth.  

“We are five years in our quest to revolutionize 360o. imaging and the recognition as a Most Fundable Company of 2022 positions us well for our forthcoming capital raise. This raise allows the commercialization of a drone mountable version of our system and the ability to grow into the future,” says CEO Zak Niazi. “The Most Fundable Companies initiative was one of the most intensive due diligence processes we’ve ever participated in, and we’re thrilled to have arrived on top through data-driven analysis. Entrepreneurial business ingenuity is the life blood of the US economy, and we’re excited that the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School is giving entrepreneurs a platform to showcase their businesses and set them up for success with investors.” 

We have been working alongside NASA and the NSF to develop a drone mountable version of our technology that eliminates deficiencies in current camera-based systems. Our technology creates a unified panoramic field with no optical distortion whatsoever.  

As a winner on the Most Fundable Companies List, Circle Optics will be profiled on and will be featured in the December print issue of Entrepreneur magazine. For a complete list of the winners, visit, where you can also vote for Circle through October 24. 

About Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies  

 The Most Fundable Companies List is an annual program hosted by the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School aimed to promote startup business development by providing pathways for startup funding and inspiring entrepreneurial spirit across the nation. More than 4,000 companies across all 50 states applied for the 2022 program. The Pepperdine Graziadio Business School’s Most Fundable Companies Showcase presented by the Singleton Foundation for Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship took place on October 13, 2022 at Pepperdine University’s Villa Graziadio Executive Center. 

The Most Fundable Companies program was launched by the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School in 2018 as a free resource to help entrepreneurs assess their readiness for private investment. The initiative involves a multi-phase assessment that evaluates several company variables, including financial projections, market opportunity, intellectual property, and the strength of the management team, all of which are used to generate objective and customized feedback and scoring to improve readiness for funding. Pepperdine Graziadio Business School’s Most Fundable Companies is powered by The Venture Alliance.  

About Circle Optics 

Founded in 2017, Circle Optics has developed patented technology enabling the ability to capture the entire world in a stitch-less, instant 360-degree imaging. This unique capability is revolutionizing aerospace, unmanned flight, and enhancing immersive experiences globally. We are just beginning to learn the applications of this new technology and are eager to learn how the wider field of view will enhance other technologies.  

Media Contact 

Jennifer Sertl 

Director of Marketing, Circle Optics 

(585) 704-5202  

Disclaimers: The Pepperdine Most Fundable Companies list does not represent an offer to sell securities. It does not constitute investment advice, nor is it an endorsement of any particular product or service. Pepperdine University is not a broker-dealer and does not perform services provided by a broker-dealer, including but not limited to any financial or investment advising. 

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