• January 26, 2022

Announcing Austin and Atlanta 2022 Cohorts

Announcing Austin and Atlanta 2022 Cohorts

Announcing Austin and Atlanta 2022 Cohorts 700 500 Michelle Breyer

SKU has selected the brands for companies for its two upcoming tracks in Austin and Atlanta. 

This is the first year that SKU will run two concurrent tracks, tapping into mentor talent in two regions and enabling a larger number of brands to participate in the accelerator’s acclaimed program.

This is the 10th Austin track for SKU, which got its start in Austin in 2011. SKU Austin includes companies and mentors from Texas, the Midwest and the West Coast. This is the first cohort for SKU Atlanta. It draws from the region’s vibrant ecosystem of CPG talent. The companies and mentors participating in SKU Atlanta ’22 hail from the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. 

SKU Austin ‘22 Companies

Happy Moose: Happy Moose Juice, founded by Ryan Armistead, crafts the juices and functional wellness shots from upcycled, heirloom produce sourced directly from the fields of independent, family farms.  

Mesa de Vida: Founded by personal chef Kirsten Helle Sandoval, Mesa de Vida offers chef-crafted, multi-tasking meal starters and salt-free seasoning blends to easily transform simple ingredients into a healthy gourmet meal. 

Raeka Beauty: Raeka Beauty was founded Raeka Panda to bring New Generation Ayurvedic South Asian ingredients to the forefront. The company continues their mission of making Ayurveda-based beauty products more affordable and accessible through their efforts. 

Rollin’ and Bowlin’: Founded by Austin Patry and Sophia Karbowski, Rollin’ n Bowlin’ is plant-based snack brand that is focused on simplicity, health and convenience. 

Tend: Tend, the world’s first real-food prenatal bar, provide an all-natural, delicious alternative to prenatal vitamins. Created by Behzad and Hannah Varamini, the bars are made using 25 nutrients from fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

Yips Yogurt Chips: Co-founded by Erin Vranas – Head Yipster – Yips are the first chips made from real probiotic Greek yogurt, available in flavors like Almond Butter Banana and Superberry Chocolate.

SKU Atlanta ‘22 companies

Beyond The Equator: Beyond the Equator makes seed butters, seed flours, and more from seeds like chia, pumpkin, hemp, sunflower, flax, watermelon, and cranberry.

Holmes Applesauce: At the age of 15, Ethan Holmes launched a company with his grandfather’s recipes to create all-natural, award-winning applesauces.

Mocktail Club:: While Pauline Idogho was expecting, she found it difficult to find healthy and sophisticated non-alcoholic drinks options. Mocktail Club has created innovative, sophisticated and healthy ready-to-drink non-alcoholic cocktails.

NoBull Burger: Crissanne Raymond – known as the “veggieburger lady” – created the NoBull Burger recipe to feed her five kids a healthier. Run by the mother-daughter trio of Crissanne, Heather and Elizabeth Raymond, NoBull sells premium, hand-crafted veggie burgers made from real ingredients in five flavors.

Pulp Hot Sauce: Founded by Nicholas Gregory, Pulp is a gourmet small-batch fermented hot sauce. All sauces are raw, vegan, gluten-free, probiotic, and use Georgia- grown peppers. 

UP TO GOOD Energy: Founded by Lars Oltmanns, UP TO GOOD Energy uses upcycled cascara –  the naturally caffeinated fruit of the coffee berry – to create a better-for-you energy beverage.