Sephora Relaunches Its Incubator Program With a New Focus on Elevating BIPOC-Owned Prestige Beauty…


first_imgMarie Kouadio Amouzame, Co-Founder, and Alice Lin Glover, Co-Founder, EADEM Eadem is a beauty brand pioneering Smart Melanin Beauty — our products combine science-backed ingredients and heritage botanicals to effectively and gently care for skin of color. Desiree Verdejo, Founder & CEO, Hyper Skin Hyper Skin is a hyper-targeted skincare brand rooted in multiculturalism. The first issue that they are tackling is dark spots and discoloration on all skin tones and enhancing glow. By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 Facebook WhatsApp Megan Graham, Founder, ries Bringing luxury, function and convenience to the travel-beauty and toiletries market, ries offers reusable, leak-proof, TSA-friendly travel containers made of biodegradable material. Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Additional friends of the program include: Julian Addo ( Adwoa ), Maeva Heim (Bread Beauty Supply), Mazdack Rassi ( Milk Makeup ), Amy Liu ( Tower28 ), Aurora James (Brother Vellies), Josh McDowell (Main Post), Alisa Won (Sideman), Hadley Mulin (TSG), David Chung (iLabs), Nikki Walton, April Reign and other surprise guests. Meet the 2021 Sephora Accelerate Cohort, demonstrating leadership in beauty:Christina Funke Tegbe, Founder, 54 Thrones 54 Thrones is a natural, authentic and thoughtful beauty brand that celebrates and elevates African beauty rituals. The brand offers face and body products with African-grown, pure, and organic plant botanicals blended to protect, soothe and nourish your skin. Local NewsBusiness Twittercenter_img Alisia Michelle Ford, Founder & CEO, Glory Glory is a skin care brand focused on clean targeted treatments formulated for melanin-rich skin from head to toe. Sephora Relaunches Its Incubator Program With a New Focus on Elevating BIPOC-Owned Prestige Beauty Brands TAGS  Olamide Olowe, Founder & CEO, Topicals Topicals is a beauty brand celebrating the fun of flare-ups with effective skincare and mental health advocacy. All 2021 participants applied to the program in Fall 2020. Eligible applicants were required to be at least 18 years old, have a US-incorporated company, and be in the early stages of development (i.e., not yet widely distributed by others). In selecting finalists, Sephora also took into account each brand’s vision, innovation, and current stage of product developments. To learn more, please visit sephoraaccelerate.com. About Sephora Americas Since its debut in North America over 20 years ago, Sephora has been a leader in prestige omni-retail with the purpose of creating an inviting beauty shopping experience and inspiring fearlessness in our community. With the goal of delivering unbiased shopping support and a personalized experience, Sephora invites clients to touch and try 25,000 products from 400 carefully curated brands, enjoy services at the Beauty Studio and engage with expertly trained beauty advisors in more than 500 stores across the Americas. Clients can also experience Sephora online and through our mobile app, access the free-to-join Beauty Insider program and digital community, which together enhance the experience of Sephora’s passionate clients. Sephora has been an industry-leading champion of diversity, inclusivity, and empowerment, guided by our longstanding company values. In 2019, Sephora announced a new tagline and manifesto, “We Belong to Something Beautiful,” to reinforce its dedication to fostering belonging amongst all clients and employees and to publicly strive for a more inclusive vision for retail in the Americas. Sephora continues to give back to our communities and advance inclusion in our industry through our Sephora Stands social impact programs. For more information, visit: https://www.sephora.com/about-us and @Sephora on social media. For media inquiries, please visit our Sephora newsroom or email [email protected] View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005281/en/ CONTACT: Jamie Bracci, DeVries Global [email protected]| 212-546-8555 KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: COSMETICS RETAIL CONSUMER WOMEN SPECIALTY MEN SOURCE: Sephora Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/09/2021 09:00 AM/DISC: 02/09/2021 09:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005281/en Pinterest Priyanka Ganjoo, Founder, Kulfi Beauty Kulfi brings celebration into beauty with fun and approachable products designed around South Asian skin tones and undertones. They are challenging toxic beauty standards in South Asian culture defined by Eurocentric ideals and patriarchy. Nia Wellman, Founder, Imania Beauty Designed for textured tresses, with a scalp first approach, Imania Beauty is a hemp and wellness-conscious brand. They believe that caring for your hair should be both simplistic and nourishing. Pinterest SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– Today, Sephora announced new details, including the 8 selected brands, who will participate in the retailer’s 2021 Accelerate incubator program, which for the first time ever features a cohort comprised exclusively of founders of color. Now in its sixth year, the evolution of the program – which has previously focused on cultivating an international community of female beauty founders and supported the launch of more than 50 women-owned brands – reflects Sephora’s commitment to increasing BIPOC representation in prestige beauty and on Sephora shelves. In addition to months of Sephora-led curriculum and intensive support, this year’s program also features coveted mentorship from industry veterans, feedback and exposure to leading investment firms and venture capitalists. Taken together, these establish Sephora’s commitment to not only creating a program that educates, but also building a pipeline of support that promotes the long-term success of these brands at Sephora, and for the betterment of the industry at large. Upon completion of the program, all participating brands will launch at Sephora, putting the prestige omni-retailer on track to double its assortment of Black-owned brands by the end of 2021. “Last year, we made a commitment to dedicate fifteen percent of Sephora shelf space to Black-owned brands, and we quickly realized the role that our Accelerate program could play in not only helping us to reach that goal, but to set these brands up for long-term success and growth,” said Artemis Patrick, Sephora’s Executive Vice President and Global Chief Merchandising Officer. “The goal of this program has long been to provide meaningful, ongoing support for growing brands, and that is exactly what we’re aiming to deliver to our 2021 Accelerate cohort. Each of the eight participating founders is inspiring in their own right, and we believe wholeheartedly in their potential at Sephora; we are so excited to help shape their futures and to ultimately introduce these brands to our clients.” The Sephora Accelerate program focuses on providing a robust curriculum, mentorship, merchandising support, potential funding, and investor connections to participants. Key milestones for this year’s program, which will take place virtually, include:ORIENTATION: To kick off the program, participants will be onboarded into the Sephora ecosystem, including forming relationships with their merchant sponsors, and hearing from brand visionaries Vicky Tsai of Tatcha and Nancy Twine of Briogeo about brand building, financial best practices and their journeys as founders.BOOTCAMP: Founders will complete a rigorous week of internal and external curriculum focused on setting up their brand for long-term success. This will include intensive workshops across all areas of Sephora’s expertise, including but not limited to, marketing, omni strategy, product development, investment strategy, media relations, supply chain & operations, inventory planning and much more.PRESENTATION PLANNING: Following Bootcamp, founders will continue to partner with their merchant sponsors to ready their businesses for launch and begin preparation for Pitch Day.PITCH DAY & GRADUATION: At the end of May, each brand founder will give a formal presentation to a group of industry experts, investors, and senior-level Sephora leaders in an effort to unlock investment and scale their brand. Pitch Day will be followed by a Graduation celebration for all eight brands and their merchant sponsors. Adding elevated expertise and leadership to the Accelerate experience, Sephora has engaged a number of experts in their respective fields to share their knowledge and guidance with program participants, including, but not limited to:ADVISORS: Brand founders, Nancy Twine ( Briogeo ) and Vicky Tsai ( Tatcha ), in addition to investors, Janet Gurwitch (Advent International) and Alissa Williams (VMG). Previous articleiQmetrix Launches Pay Anywhere Contactless Payment Solution for Telecom RetailersNext articleMassachusetts FQHC Telehealth Consortium Awarded $3.1M FCC Grant to Increase Telemedicine Quality and Access in the Commonwealth Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Kane buoyed by timely hat-trick


first_img The 21-year-old’s scarcely-believable rise continues apace, with the Chingford-born forward making it 29 goals in all competitions with his treble against Leicester on Saturday. Kane’s performance helped inspire out-of-sorts Tottenham to a 4-3 win and saw him move top of the top-flight scoring charts – a remarkable feat considering the first of 19 league goals did not arrive until November 2. It capped a whirlwind few days for the striker, who on Sunday is meeting up with the England senior squad for the first time ahead of the matches with Lithuania and Italy. “I can’t wait,” Kane said. “It has been a dream to be called up but obviously I want to go and play. “There is great competition for places and hopefully I can just do my best whilst I am away and see what happens. “(I want to play for England) like any boy would. That’s what I want to do. “There is great competition and I have to keep working hard if I want to get a place in the team.” Kane insists he is able to savour such moments, despite so many things coming “thick and fast”. It is form he wants to keep up and, as much as he wants to impress for England, retains a focus on club matters. Saturday’s win kept Spurs’ hopes of a top-four finish alive and was the perfect response to their insipid display in the 3-0 defeat at Manchester United. Press Association “Obviously we all know that was a poor game from us,” Kane said, speaking to Sky Sports. “There is no hiding away from that, but it is how you react. “I’ve always said we’ve got a great bunch of lads here and again we’ve proved that. We’ve come back with a great win today. “We have got a great squad, we all enjoy it. We’re loving every minute, obviously we want to keep the wins coming and see how far we can get up the table.” The emotions those connected to Leicester are feeling could not be much different. The Foxes are seven points from safety with only nine matches left after the harsh defeat in north London. City’s performance belied that of a side rock-bottom of the standings and manager Nigel Pearson praised his players’ character afterwards. “It’s a very disappointing result for us because I think we deserved more,” he said. “I don’t think we deserved to be on the receiving end of a defeat today. “To be 2-0 down after 13 minutes and really stretch one of the top sides away from home all the way to the end is a measure of the commitment that the players have shown today. “To a man I thought they were really excellent in terms of how they went about trying to win the game.” Harry Kane is “loving every minute” right now as the Tottenham striker prepares to meet up with England for the first time buoyed by a maiden Premier League hat-trick.last_img read more

Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Championship, `World Cup’ of local football, says Shepherd


first_imgSPARTA Boss talisman Sheldon Shepherd declared that the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Championship, is the ‘World Cup’ of local football, especially for the community teams.This was revealed via an official press release from tournament coordinator Three Peat Promotions.Shepherd, who plies his trade for the North East La Penitence-based outfit said, “This is the biggest tournament; this is like the World Cup, and everyone wants to win this tournament.“Once you have not won this tournament we don’t count you as a team. This is thetournament that everyone is waiting for. This is our World Cup because everyone focusses on the Guinness. If you have not won a Guinness you can’t brag to anyone. Win a Guinness then we can talk about any other tournament.”In the 10 years of the event’s existence, Sparta Boss hold the distinction and title of being the most successful team. They possess two Georgetown titles and three National Championships.Asked about his confidence in securing another title, Shepherd said, “We are going to take it one step at a time; this thing is about steps before we meet the final. Sparta is best in Georgetown, and we are going to use Georgetown to show this.”He further stated that expectation for the team is always high due to their enviable record. “We know about going to the final and semi-final since we won our first Guinness. We are always in the top because this is normal for us.”Questioned about the status of the team’s preparation, he said, “We have not been training as much but everybody doing his own personal work and organising himself This is how we do do it and it shows we are the best because the other teams train and we still win. We know what we have to do and how to play.”The competition is scheduled to be launched today at the Thirst Park venue ahead of its first playing date on July 12 at the National Cultural Centre tarmac. The other playing nights are July 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 and August 3.Matches will be staged at the National Cultural Centre tarmac, Burnham Court and National Racquet Centre. The first two nights will be elimination matches.This will be followed by the group stage on the following three nights. The top two finishers from each group will progress to the quarterfinal and subsequent semi-final round on the penultimate day.The final will subsequently follow. Meanwhile, the Guinness Plate Championship will feature the eight teams who fail to progress from the group stage.The overall winners will automatically seal their place in the National Championship in August.To date Beacons (Bartica champions), Melanie-B (East Coast Demerara winners), Brothers United (West Demerara/East Bank Demerara winners), Trafalgar (Berbice champions) and High Rollers (Linden champions) are the teams to have secured automatic berths to the national championship.Fixtures for the Elimination matches:Friday (July 12) – National Cultural Centre tarmac(1) Trap Squad vs LA Ballers(2) Upsetters vs Albouystown-A(3) North Ruimveldt vs John Street(4) California Square vs Alexander Village(5) North East La Penitence vs Stabroek Ballers(6) Norton Street vs Back Circle(7) Sparta Boss vs Judgment Yard(8) Gold is Money vs Globe YardSaturday (July 13) – Burnham Court Tarmac(1) Rising Stars vs Good-over-Evil(2) Ol-Skool Ballers vs Sophia(3) Albouystown-B vs Berlin(4) Kingston vs Broad Street(5) Bent Street vs Charlotte Street(6) Future Stars vs Sophia United(7) Leopold Street vs Pike Street(8) Queen St Tiger Bay vs Smyth Streetlast_img read more