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Ladies Who Launch Announces Recipients of the “2021 Launch Program”

Ladies Who Launch, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to inspire, educate and empower women entrepreneurs, is announcing the recipients of the 2021 “Launch Program,” a grant and mentorship program for women-owned businesses impacted by COVID-19. Over the past year, Ladies Who Launch has received thousands of applications to the Launch Program and in 2020 welcomed 11 founders into the first cohort. Now, Ladies Who Launch is excited to announce the welcoming of nine incredible new businesses into the 2021 cohort.

The founders selected are inspiring leaders who have shown immense grit and determination to innovate throughout the pandemic. Ladies Who Launch will empower these women over the next six months with funding support, education, mentorship and amplification.

The 2021 cohort includes:

  1. Archel Bernard | Bombchel | Atlanta, GA
  2. Jamela Acheampong | Kahmune | Atlanta, GA
  3. Laura Moffat | Kirrin Finch | Brooklyn, NY
  4. Michelle Pusateri | Nana Joe’s Granola | San Francisco, CA
  5. Michelle Razavi & Nikki Elliott | ELAVI | Los Angeles, CA
  6. Micki Krimmel | Superfit Hero | Los Angeles, CA
  7. Noy Holcomb | Mama Noy’s Kitchen | Austin, TX
  8. Rene Graham | Renzoe Box | Austin, TX
  9. Sarah Ecolano | Copper River Fish Market | Cordova, AK

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this amazing program and grateful to have the support of and access to these incredible mentors. We’re excited to have a dedicated team of inspiring women that we can turn to for guidance as we navigate the next stage of growth for our company” – said Michelle Razavi and Nikki Elliott, co-founders of ELAVI.

Information about the recipients and their businesses can be found at https://www.ladieswholaunch.org/2021-cohort

Expanding the Ladies Who Launch program

Ladies Who Launch expanded this program for a second year due to the support from individual donors. One of these donors is White House Black Market, a specialty retailer dedicated to helping women find success and committed to empowering women entrepreneurs. Another donor is Le Grand Courtage, a woman-led company that suffered losses due to the pandemic and joined forces to support other struggling women business owners.

Ladies Who Launch plans to continue growing the Launch Program and additional grant and mentorship opportunities for diverse female entrepreneurs. Companies or individuals interested in contributing or partnering to support these efforts can visit: https://www.ladieswholaunch.org/donate or email them at hello@ladieswholaunch.org.

About Ladies Who Launch

LWL’s mission is to empower a global community of early-stage women entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses. They offer educational resources, accessible capital opportunities and the support of knowing LWL has your back through the success and failures of building your business. Learn more at https://www.ladieswholaunch.org

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