After catching the entrepreneur bug at a young age, Cathryn Lavery helped take an idea and make it into an eight-figure business in less than two years. As the Co-Founder and CEO of BestSelf Co., the leading creator of science-backed productivity tools to help reorganize your mind and revitalize your life, she knows just how important it is to carefully plan, craft, and execute the necessary funding for an idea to become a reality. The original Kickstarter campaign for the brand’s first product raised over $322K in just 24 days, with their original goal being only $15K.
Lavery is based out of Austin, Texas and has helped transform people’s lives through her products. She has been featured in Fast Company’s 2017 Innovation by Design Awards, as well as Entrepreneur, MTV, Huffington Post, Forbes, Inc., and more.
From experiencing various lows in life to harnessing her power of intuition and building a business from the ground up, Suzy Baitz wants everyone to know that you already have everything inside of you to make your dreams come true. As the Founder and CEO of Poo~Pourri, the before you go toilet spray, and recently named as one of Forbes’ wealthiest self-made women of 2019, Baitz a revolutionary explorer of infinite potential in the playground of life who loves to inspire others and bring them along for the ride.
In addition to expanding Poo~Pourri into both shoe and pet odor support, Baitz is also working on a toxin-free cleaning line called Supernatural. She has been featured in Forbes, CNDC, Fast Company, and Entrepreneur and has given presentations for Conscious Capitalism, Google, SXSW, Create & Cultivate, and more.
San Francisco tech entrepreneur Sara Schaer created an award-winning rideshare service after being challenged by carpool chaos. As a former tech executive for Snapfish who has an intimate understanding of the challenges of busy families in the modern age, Schaer helped create Kango as an alternative means of transportation for families that are constantly on the go. Kango offers scheduled and on-demand rides for children and was named “Best Uber for Kids” in 2017 & 2018 by San Francisco Magazine
Based out of San Francisco, California, Schaer has expanded Kango’s services across Southern and Nothern California and with the help of a 3.6M Series A funding round, has recently expanded to the Phoenix, Arizona area.
Katerina Schneider’s career began in investment banking and she later found herself in Los Angeles’ start-up scene where she’s led digital strategy and high-level technology partnerships for musicians and brands. However, when Schneider became pregnant, she started becoming aware of her surroundings and later cleaned her home of products that contained ingredients that could potentially be harmful, including prenatal vitamins she was taking. This sparked the idea to create, Ritual, the reimagined vitamin made with no unnecessary ingredients and features nutrients in their best forms.
Since it’s launch, the health tech company has recently launched an Apple Watch app and has plans to release another multivitamin product designed for women over the age of 50. As the company grows, they’ve been able to attract top talent from major companies and have been named as one of LinkedIn’s top start-ups in 2019.
This founder and CEO harnessed her skills working as a customer-centric marketing executive, and used them to launch a solution that fixed her daily challenge. Rachel Drori has raised $43 million with over three rounds of funding and has caught the attention of investors like Serena Williams, Gwyneth Paltrow, Shaun White, and Bobby Flay with Daily Harvest, the online meal delivery service that sells frozen smoothies, bowls, and soups. Drori found it hard to incorporate healthy fruits and vegetables into her busy life and built Daily Harvest from the ground up and turned it into one of the fastest-growing consumer brands in the United States.
After fundraising while 9-months are pregnant, Drori realized that she had to prove that her business had everything it takes to be successful and take away any space for subjectivity. Recently, Daily Harvest sold its one-millionth smoothie and hired its 100th team member in 2019 and expanded into a new HQ in Tribeca.
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