The results are in! After a rigorous selection process, the Cocokind Impact Foundation is so excited to announce our Women of Impact for the Summer 2018 cycle.
If you haven’t heard about it, the Cocokind Impact Foundation provides financial grants between $2,500-$10,000 to female founders in the health, wellness, and sustainability industries who aim to create social impact through business. In addition, each grantee is paired with a mentor, who is a leader in our industries, for one year. Curious about applying for our Impact Foundation? Our Winter 2018 cycle will begin accepting applications on August 1, 2018! Read more about it here!
Below, meet our grantees and Women of Impact from our first inaugural round!
Larissa May of #Halfthestory
Launched in 2015, #Halfthestory is a nonprofit media platform where individuals can share pieces of their authentic story. In this modern time, we have the ability to filter our lives however we choose. But when we hide behind our social media identities, we mask the truth behind the partial reality we share and post. At #Halfthestory, the international community empowers individuals to share their lives outside of the social media story. Armed with thousands of stories from nearly one hundred countries, this platform showcases stories and provides online educational resources for student mental health. To celebrate hidden human talents, passion, belief, and obstacles that unite us on a deeper level. It’s life unfiltered.
Larissa has been matched with her mentor – Rachel Krupa, Founder of Krupa Consulting.
Abena Boamah of Hanahana Beauty
Hanahana Beauty is an all-natural, skincare brand whose mission is to disrupt the global beauty industry. Crafted to increase the accessibility, transparency, and sustainability in all aspects of their products. This starts with the fairly-sourced shea butter and the responsible representation of each individual that works with them at every end. Hanahana supports the empowerment of women of color by the design and creation of all their natural products. Mixed with natural oils, all Hanahana products are made with love and shea butter directly from the Katargia Women’s Shea Cooperative in Ghana.
Abena has been matched with her mentor – Julie Nguyen, CEO & Co-Founder of Methodology.
Eliza Timpson of Sunwïnk
Sunwïnk is a San Francisco-based, woman-owned company that creates handcrafted herbal tonics. Herbal tonics are a new kind of healthy drink—they taste like a juice, but all the flavor comes from a variety of herbs. Inspired by the herbal remedies her friends from India, Turkey, and China, Eliza decided to make the access and consumption of herbal tonics much easier. Rather than brew herbs on the stove for 30 minutes each day, delicious herbal tonics were now bottled and easy to pick up on the go! With a mission to make herbal health a part of daily life, Sunwïnk dedicates each drink to a real woman and the herbs she used growing up. Even better, Sunwïnk donates 1% of sales to organizations selected by these very women!
Eliza has been matched with her mentor – Jason Trout, COO & Co-Founder of Health Ade Kombucha.
Kelsey McLeod of Déjà
One common cause of acne most people don’t think of is your pillow. With constant contact every night, it’s easy to transfer dirt and oil to the skin. But that’s where Déjà comes in! The first product of the line is a pillowcase, which makes it easy to sleep on a perfectly clean surface every night. Inspired by her very own battle with acne, Kelsey first created the first déjà pillowcase in college. Soon after, the pillowcases she sewed in her NYC apartment were picked up by Allure, Popsugar, Bustle, and People. Now she’s dedicated full-time to the growth of Déjà and can’t wait for what’s in store!
Kelsey has been matched with her mentor – Samantha Abrams, Co-Founder & President and Head of Marketing of Emmy’s Organics.