H2O Audio, a leading provider of waterproof and protective sport accessories for the Apple iPod and other personal electronic devices, has successfully closed a $5 million Series C expansion funding round with backing from Steelpoint Capital Partners.
“In the last two years H2O Audio has taken a leading position in defining and creating an entirely new experience for outdoor sport and music enthusiasts,” said Kristian Rauhala, CEO of H2O Audio, based in San Diego, CA. “From the day our initial product arrived on the market, both
professional athletes and everyday sports enthusiasts have embraced our brand and have shown phenomenal demand for our products.”
H2O Audio currently provides waterproof and protective cases, headphones, and accessories for an extensive line of Apple iPod products including: the iPod nano (Gen 1 & 2) the iPod (5th Gen including the new 80GB video player) the iPod Shuffle, iPod mini and 4th and 3rd Gen iPod players. H2O Audio leverages patented engineering to provide durable, easy-to-use, aesthetically engaging products that enhance the utility and extend the lifespan for Apple's more than 88 million sold iPod players.
“H2O Audio is a clear leader in waterproof and action sport
accessories,” said Scott Tierney, Managing Director for Steelpoint Capital. “The H2O Audio team has developed an exceptional product line and an authentic action-sports brand that resonates with consumers. This fundraising provides the company with the necessary growth capital to meet this consumer demand.”
H2O Audio products are now available globally through retail
outlets including Apple Stores, CompUSA, Fry's Electronics and specialty sport retailers. H2O Audio was cited as a Product of the Year at MacWorld Expo and has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Time, Outside Magazine, Shape Magazine, Men's Journal, United Hemisphere's, NBC, CNN, CBS and Fox Network news and many other sport and lifestyle publications globally.