Chinova Bioworks was selected to join 2019 Sephora Accelerate which builds a community of innovative female founders in beauty. Sephora’s site offers some background on the program:
Even in the beauty industry, where most customers are women, female founders are still underrepresented. We saw a unique opportunity to draw from our history of working with beauty entrepreneurs to build a supportive community for women who are in the early stages of developing their businesses. Accelerate is a key initiative of a larger program called Sephora Stands, which aims to use Sephora’s strengths for even greater good in our communities. We hope to build an ecosystem of support for more than 50 women-led beauty businesses by 2020.
Founders will participate in a week-long Bootcamp in San Francisco, May 5-11, and have a follow-up opportunity to pitch to Sephora’s Merchandising and Innovation teams on Demo Day this Fall.
Chinova Bioworks has developed a natural preservative, Chiber Mushroom Extract, to extend shelf life in foods, beverages, cosmetics and personal care items.