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2020 Rise Project Winners

Created to help bridge the funding gap for female founders, Stacy’s Rise Project™ has been connecting and empowering women business owners for years. Stacy’s® Pita Chips wasn’t always a household name, and resources such as advertising, expertise/mentorship and financial support helped this female-founded brand rise from a humble sandwich cart to nation’s supermarkets. These same resources are exactly what today’s women need to succeed—now more than ever—which is why Stacy’s® is offering 15 women $10,000 business grants, one-on-one executive mentorship, and a dedicated team of professionals creating, producing and strategically placing advertising on their behalf. Stacy’s is helping women rise with the opportunity to make their dreams a reality in the latest iteration of the Rise Project.

Callee Ackland

I’m the founder of Bestowed Essentials. Our certified vegan, cruelty-free personal care and home products are made by hand by our all-female team.

Callee Ackland

Shop Bestowed Essentials

Tiffany Griffin

I’m the founder of Bright Black. Our high-quality candles use scent as an artistic medium and a platform to share positive narratives about Blackness.

Tiffany Griffin

Shop Bright Black

Sophia Maroon

I’m the founder of SoFine Food. Our line of Dress it Up dressings are made to be as wholesome as your salad. They’re simply crafted to elevate your meal.

Sophia Maroon

Shop Dress It Up Dressing

Jasmine Coer

I’m the founder of Color My Story. Our virtual and live art classes and COLOR art kits help to promote healthy coping mechanisms to fight stress.

Jasmine Coer

Shop Color My Story

Keira Kotler

I’m the founder of Everviolet. Our beautiful lingerie and loungewear adapts to changes in your body after treatment for breast cancer and other life events.

Keira Kotler

Shop Everviolet

Joy McBrien

I’m the founder of Fair Anita. We partner with over 8,000 women in nine countries to create fair-trade jewelry and accessories made from recycled materials.

Joy McBrien

Shop Fair Anita

Arion Long

I’m the founder of Femly. Our sustainable feminine care products provide women access to healthier alternatives to toxic products.

Arion Long

Shop Femly

Jessica Gartenstein

I’m the founder of Frönen Foods. Our non-dairy ice cream is made with only six ingredients or less. And without allergens, gums, or artificial flavors.

Jessica Gartenstein

Shop Frönen Foods

Claudia McMullin

I’m the founder of Hugo Coffee Roasters. A coffee company whose mission is to save dogs by roasting and selling coffee made with fair-trade and organic beans.

Claudia McMullin

Shop Hugo Coffee Roasters

Sylvie Charles

I’m the founder of Just Date. Our 100% organic medjool date syrup is made from whole food plant sources. Make sweet decisions for long-term health.

Sylvie Charles

Shop Just Date

Kemi Tignor

I’m the founder of Little Likes Kids. Our boutique toy company is designed for a new generation of kids by offering toys with decidedly diverse imagery.

Kemi Tignor

Shop Little Likes Kids

Nina Tickaradze

I’m the founder of NADI. Our USDA-certified organic Wild Rosehip Juices help create safe jobs for refugees and empower their communities.

Nina Tickaradze

Shop NADI

Maria Palacio

I’m the founder of Progeny Coffee. Our coffee chain provides coffee transparency and support to help Colombian farmers out of the poverty loop.

Maria Palacio

Shop Progeny Coffee

Junita Flowers

I’m the founder of Junita's Jar. A mission-driven cookie company creating conversations to educate and eliminate relationship violence against women.

Junita Flowers

Shop Junita’s Jar

Chi Nguyen

I’m the founder of Purpose Tea. A beverage company dedicated to helping female tea workers—the most exploited in the business of tea.

Chi Nguyen

Shop Purpose Tea

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