• June 7, 2022

SKU Elevate Track for BIPOC Founders Kicks Off

SKU Elevate Track for BIPOC Founders Kicks Off

SKU Elevate Track for BIPOC Founders Kicks Off 700 500 Quincy French

SKU Elevate kicks off this month for small BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) led brands The cohort includes six innovative brands ranging from gourmet overnight oatmeal to underwear for menstruating women..

The 8-week virtual program, formerly known as the SKU M/O Track, provides the education, mentorship, and networking that SKU is known for, surrounding the founders with teams of CPG leader mentors. The mentor teams are carefully selected and fit to each founder, and are dedicated to helping them scale their business. 

This cohort was selected from more than 200 brands around the nation. The founders went through an extensive interview process and were ultimately selected based on their traction, innovation, and founder stories. We could not be happier to introduce to you this year’s SKU Elevate cohort. 

From grain-free cookies to bodycare

Brune Kitchen: Founded by Tania Sweis and Jahan Shahryar, Brune Kitchen makes clean, indulgent, tahini-based cookies that are grain-free, gluten-free, plant-based and free of refined sugars, additives and preservatives. 

Butter’d Bodycare: Founded by Brittany Bygrave, Butter’d Bodycare is a sustainable, clean beauty brand that offers non-toxic skincare products for people of color with skin conditions. 

Green Sahara: Founded by M. Derin Raji, Green Sahara is on a mission to bring the delicious flavors from the African continent to our wider community of food lovers. 

Heralogie: Founded by Connie Shih, Heralogie helps menstruators feel unparalleled comfort, security and peace of mind with our unique, tree-based, breathable period panties that mold to your body. 

Oatmeal & Co: Founded by Darian Washington and her teenage son Derrick Oatmeal & Company is disrupting boring bowls of oatmeal and replacing morning routines with thoughtfully curated blends of fruit, organic oat and high-quality spices. 

Pearl Honey Spreads: Founded by Moji Okuyemi, Pearl Honey Spreads is a honey-based spreads, preserves and jam company that offers healthy alternatives to sugar spreads.

We would also like to give a big thanks to our sponsors including Tito’s Handmade Vodka, 301 INC, HumanCo, Venturing & Emerging Businesses (VEB) and Foundry Brands.

If you are interested in being a sponsor for this important program, email Michelle Breyer at michelle@sku.is