Glossier has revealed the five UK grantees for its Black Beauty Grant Programme, created in partnership with Black Girl Fest to assist Black ladies founders.
Glossier, the millennial favourite beauty brand first introduced its grant programme in 2020 and has since partnered with more than 30 founders across 26 innovative brands in the US. offering them with funding and curated curriculums of enterprise programming.
In April 2023, Glossier brought the Black Beauty Grant Programme to the UK, in partnership with Black Girl Fest, a world artistic studio that works to create a greater future for Black ladies, women, and non-binary individuals.
The programme is a 12-week learning programme that supports UK-based black women founders to take their business to the next level, gain expert advice from industry professionals, and connect with experienced founders.
This week, Glossier and Black Girl Fest have revealed the 5 grantees, who will be a part of a 12-week studying programme to assist “take their companies to the subsequent degree”.
As well as receiving mentoring and guidance from experts in the industry, the five founders selected to take part in the programme each will receive a £10,000 equity-free cash grant.
Kleo Mack, Chief Marketing Officer at Glossier, commented “We’re thrilled to announce the 5 grantees of the 2023 Black Girl Fest Black Beauty Grant Programme powered by Glossier, and we are able to’t wait to work with this inspiring group of founders.
“We had been so impressed with the quantity and high quality of the purposes that got here by for our inaugural UK programme. The last 5 grantees actually stood out for us and we, together with Black Girl Fest, are delighted to have the ability to assist them on their work trip.”
Meet the 2023 grantees…
Therese M’Boungoubaya, KOBA skincare
KOBA skincare was born from a mission to simplify skincare with results-driven routines and naturally active ingredients whilst giving back to the planet. M’Boungoubaya founded the brand after noticing a gap in the market for skincare products formulated and manufactured with African heritage.
Roshanne Dorsett, The Glowcery
The Glowcery uses AI technologies to develop a range of plant-based, superfood and sustainably-focused skincare. After becoming vegan in 2020, Dorsett realised that she wasn’t able to find beauty products that were healthy and effective, thus The Glowcery was formed.
Ashleigh Alli, ASHE London
ASHE London is an award-winning, luxury vegan nail colour brand. All of the colours are cruelty-free, vegan and made using a 77% plant-origin formula. Alli has been in the beauty industry for over 20 years.
Nneka Flemming, AIRFRO
AIRFRO creates healthy haircare solutions for active lifestyles. Flemming launched the brand with a single product designed to refresh curls between washes and exercises.
Elizabeth Ola, TRU SKN
TRU SKN aims to increase diversity and inclusion within the beauty industry with sustainable products. Ola combines beauty and tech to create specifically formulated pigmented products that can create a universal shade.
Nicole Crentsil, Founder and CEO of Black Girl Fest said “We’re so excited to be working with Glossier to bring this programme to the UK. At Black Girl Fest, we’re super passionate about creating economic impact for black women that directly sparks the change we want to see in the black beauty industry. Super honoured to work closely with the wonderful team at Glossier to turn this vision into a reality.”