Meet our Rise Project Finalists

Congratulations to our five female entrepreneur finalists! As finalists, they will be awarded a $20,000 funding prize, entrepreneurial advice and network building support. One of these women will win an additional $100,000 grand prize award to help take their business to the next level. Learn more about our finalists below. #RiseProject2019 #HelpWomenRise

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    Kate Holby

    Founder of Ajiri Tea

    Through the sales of award-winning tea, Ajiri aims to share opportunities with women and vulnerable children in western Kenya. Ajiri means "to employ" in Swahili and we employ over 60 women to handcraft the labels for our tea boxes using dried bark from banana trees.

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    Hannah Dehradunwala

    Founder of Transfernation

    Transfernation is an on-demand food rescue system for cities. Our technology helps hospitality groups, catering companies, restaurants, and other food providers donate excess prepared food to local soup kitchens instantly through our iOS app.

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    Pilar Gonzalez

    Founder of Dip It By Pilar

    Pilar is the creator of the yogurt-based dip called “Dip It” and its five flavors: Chipotle, Cilantro, Red Chili, Jalapeño and Olives. The products are 100% natural and have a variety of flavors and textures.

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    Michele Liddle

    Founder of The Perfect Granola

    The Perfect Granola was created on the foundation of giving back. We make healthy, gluten free granolas and granola bars and share profits with homeless shelters, outreach centers, and food banks. Everything we do is aimed at creating a better world through food and love.

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    Hannah Hong

    Founder of Hakuna Brands

    Hakuna Brands makes delicious, indulgent frozen treats that truly satisfy with the goodness of 100% plant-based ingredients and no refined sugar. We rely on real, wholesome ingredients that are vegan and non-GMO to create our non-dairy frozen desserts (nicecreams).

Rise Project Mission Statement

Staying true to our roots as a female-founded brand, Stacy’s is committed to empowering and supporting women entrepreneurs on their paths to establishing successful businesses.

To further our mission, Stacy’s launched the Rise Project, a program dedicated to helping women grow their food and beverage ventures through funding, mentorship, and community. To date, Stacy’s has invested more than $300,000 to #HelpWomenRise.