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EDUCATION • NETWORK • MENTORSHIP • OPPORTUNITY



Clean Beauty Summer School is a collective effort by female founders and leaders in the beauty industry to support the growth of majority Black-owned small beauty businesses. We are coming together to provide education, network mentorship and opportunity to help accelerate Black entrepreneurs. Our mentors are beauty industry vets-turned-entrepreneurs, with not only deep beauty industry experience but also understand the struggle of starting and scaling our own brands. Starting a new business is hard, but we are here to support and mentor you! Our judges are some of the beauty industry’s most influential - buyers, investors and a beauty editor. Together, we are excited to help work towards making the beauty industry a more diverse and inclusive one.



Here's How it Works:

1. APPLY (Due 11:59PM PST July 15, 2020)  

 

Tell us all about yourself and your company's vision, mission, and goals. Applications are open NOW and due no later than midnight PST of July 15, 2020! 

 

All applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

- You must be a majority Black-owned business

- You must be an Incorporated business

- Beauty/Wellness Business (specifically CPG or other hard good, any category)

- Clean and/or sustainable or working towards it

- Have a product prototype or launched with limited distribution

- Available to attend class session and Pitch Day

- The business must be US based.

- You are at least 18 years old as of the date of submission.

- You identify as Black or African American.

- You are the owner of the business.

- No more than 3 full-time employees.

- Employees of Tower 28 Beauty and other CBSS mentors' brands along with their immediate family are not eligible for the Initiative.  

 

Click here for Terms and Conditions

 

10 majority Black-owned businesses will be selected as finalists by July 20, 2020.

 

There are a variety of criteria our team uses to make the final selection. Some of the most important are:

- You + Team: What’s your special sauce? Tell us why you (and your team!) are the right - person to make this business the next big thing!

- Vision: Do you have the passion needed to make your business successful?

- Innovation: Is there a clear market opportunity and are you solving a specific need that is not yet served by an existing company?

- Product: Do you have a working prototype that has been iterated on at least once to incorporate user feedback?

- Plan: Do you have a business model or a strategy to grow your company?

- Better for Beauty: Are you moving the beauty industry towards improving in some way - whether with better, more clean ingredients, sustainable materials, ethically sourced, etc.

 

2. LEARN + NETWORK (August 4 – September 4, 2020)

 

Finalists attend virtual CLEAN BEAUTY SUMMER SCHOOL and will receive:

Education: 10 session course x 2 hours each taught by our expert mentors/teachers taught online via zoom. Here is a sample of the types of classes that will be covered:

- Putting the “Start” in Startup + Telling your Brand Story

- Visual Storytelling: Content, PR, and Creative

- Digital Marketing & How to Grow your DTC Business

- Sustainability 101: How to create a sustainable brand

- Creating your Digital Narrative: Content and Influencers

- Raising Money: What Investors Look for and How to Find the Right Ones?

- Finance and Operations 101   - How to Bootstrap and Navigating Being Black in Beauty

- Retail Partnerships- How to

- Building Your Foundation: How to create a Long Range Plan, P&L, and Paid Media Investment strategy

 

Network: Teachers, mentors, and judges are thought leaders and industry movers

 

Mentorship: Each finalist will be paired with a mentor and receive 4 x 1 hr one-on-one office hours (dates/times TBC by finalist and mentor)  

 

3. PITCH DAY (September 16, 2020):

 

The winner (1) of the pitch contest will receive a $10K grant from New Voices Foundation. Plus, the winner is guaranteed meetings with buyers from both Sephora and Ulta Beauty. 

Winning pitch to be determined by our panel of judges and based upon an agreed upon criteria with New Voices Foundation.


Important Details to Know:

Classes: Will be held via zoom on the following dates from 12-2pm PST:

- Tuesday, 8/4/20

- Friday, 8/7/20

- Tuesday, 8/11/20

- Friday, 8/14/20

- Tuesday, 8/18/20

- Friday, 8/21/20

- Tuesday, 8/25/20

- Friday, 8/29/20

- Tuesday, 9/1/20

- Tuesday, 9/4/20

 

Office Hours: Time/Date TBC by mentor and finalist, up to 1 hr per week during the month of August.

Pitch Day: September 16, 2020 from 12-3:30pm. **Dates may potentially change pending mentor/judge availability


Meet the Mentors, Teachers, and Keynote Speaker:


Meet the Judges and Moderator:


Meet New Voice Foundation:

 

 

The New Voices Foundation has partnered with us to give away $10K to our pitch winner!

 

New Voices Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization offering women of color entrepreneurs access, capital, and expertise to build, grow and scale their businesses with purpose via flexible funding, learning and networking opportunities.

 

 


Terms and Conditions:

Submit the online application.

Limit one entry per small business.

The application period commences on July 1, 2020 and closes on July 15, 2020 at 11:59PM EST.

Do not send us or tell us any proprietary information. If you do, your application will be subject to disqualification.

 

To be Eligible:

- You must be a majority Black-owned business

- You must be an Incorporated business

- Beauty/Wellness Business (specifically CPG or other hard good, any category)

- Clean and/or sustainable or working towards it

- Have a product prototype or launched with limited distribution

- Available to attend class session and Pitch Day

- The business must be US based.

- You are at least 18 years old as of the date of submission.

- You identify as Black or African American.

- You are the owner of the business.

- No more than 3 full-time employees.

- Employees of Tower 28 Beauty and other CBSS mentors' brands along with their immediate family are not eligible for the Initiative.  

 

Click here for Terms and Conditions


FAQs & Application Information:

Can I apply more than once?

We are only accepting one application per business.

 

How do I apply?

By filling out the application below!

 

Do I have to do the application in 1 session?

We suggest copying and pasting the questions into another platform before you start the online submission process.

 

How are you choosing candidates?

There are a variety of criteria our team uses to make the final selection. Some of the most important are:

  • - You + Team: What’s your special sauce? Tell us why you (and your team!) are the right - person to make this business the next big thing!

    - Vision: Do you have the passion needed to make your business successful?

    - Innovation: Is there a clear market opportunity and are you solving a specific need that is not yet served by an existing company?

    - Product: Do you have a working prototype that has been iterated on at least once to incorporate user feedback?

    - Plan: Do you have a business model or a strategy to grow your company?

    - Better for Beauty: Are you moving the beauty industry towards improving in some way - whether with better, more clean ingredients, sustainable materials, ethically sourced, etc.

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How will I know if my application has been received?

You will receive an email confirmation once you've submitted!

 

Who is reviewing applications?

The mentors and New Voices Foundation will collectively be choosing the finalists.

 

What if there are no social media accounts or website for my business?

There is no penalty for having no website or social media account(s). You don't have to create one just for this application.

 

What if we have more than one founder?

Up to two of you can join if you are co-founders. You can both join classes but you will only get one mentor for the both of you. Only one can pitch.

 

Who do I contact with additional questions about the application?

Feel free to reach out to cleanbeautysummerschool@tower28beauty.com!


Application Form:

 

Whether you’ve launched or you’re in prelaunch mode, we want to hear from you. We want to hear all about your vision, mission, and goals.  

 

Applications are open NOW and due no later than 11:59PM PST July 15, 2020!

Read FAQs before starting the application!

 

Disclaimer: Please do NOT share any proprietary information. We are in the business of beauty and believe in collaboration over competition, however, we do NOT WANT to create any potential conflicts or misunderstandings. The only thing we need from you is a completed application! Hope you are as excited as we are.