As a self-funded start-up, we understand bootstrapping and limited budgets. We also know the power of access. From our end, live events are expensive propositions, but we don't feel it's right to have an event focused on the future of beauty when attending might be financially out of reach to the industry's future leaders. With the support of Brandon Ford, Chief Accelerator Director, Lubrizol Life Science, we are happy to extend financial support to eight founders.
We had 125 founders across the spectrum of beauty and wellness complete entries for the 2023 NEXT Grant program. Reviewing them was inspirational and frustrating because so many founders were worthy, and I wish we didn't have to limit it to eight entrepreneurs. So, if you have a budget and want to sponsor an entrepreneur, BeautyMatter will do our part to bring more of these founders to Los Angeles for the NEXT Summit and Awards: The Future of Beauty.
Sandra Lilia Velasquez, CEO and founder, Nopalera, and 2022 NEXT Grant Recipient, said of the program, "One of the greatest assets a founder can have is a network. BeautyMatter facilitates this through their NEXT Grant Program, which puts founders in a room with key industry players."
Meet the 2023 NEXT Grant Recipients:
Amadou Doumbia, Wuli: An Australian-made gender-neutral range of all-natural and vegan hair styling products designed for lazy-proof daily maintenance hydrating and conditioning the most sensitive of hair types to ensure they're always at peak performance.
Roger Dupé, Melyon: Is a skincare brand made with people of color in mind, focusing on conditions common among darker skin tones while still being suitable for most skin types. With roots in West Africa, the Scandinavian lifestyle brand combines the best from nature and science, to create safe and ethical products with proven results.
Stay tuned. While we could not bring everyone, we have some ideas in the works to support everyone who submitted for a grant to the NEXT Summit with access, information, and community.
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