After a decade of grinding in the corporate world, Chavarne Wright finally hit burnout. So, she decided to combine her passion for animals with a dream of starting an ecommerce business. In less than 6 months, she launched Le Paws, a proud Australian eco-boutique pet brand. The brand’s best-seller is an ethical, functional, and stylish feeding mat inspired by Chavarne’s Chief Meow Officer–Daisy. Le Paws was featured in British Vogue this spring, and this summer plans to expand its product...
Three years ago, Tish Fletcher’s health plummeted. She took meds to deal with chronic pain but didn’t feel like she had control of her body. After trying CBD products, Tish was finally pain-free and living a healthy lifestyle. Immediately, Tish started making her own CBD products and selling them to friends and family. So, she launched Fletcher + Reese, a wellness brand specializing in CBD-infused bath and body products.
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Making bath products inspired...
Samantha Brett surveyed 2,000 millennials asking what they don’t like about traditional sunscreen. There were 3 universal answers–white, sticky, and bad for the skin. So Samantha reversed engineered to create the first SPF 50+ mist for over makeup. Alongside her partner, Samantha launched Naked Sundays in January of 2022 and and 6 figures in 4 weeks. And within 3 months, Nake Sundays became Australia’s #1 SPF skincare brand.
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How her background...
Destiny Drive offers a 26-day manifestation journal that provides life assessment tools, encouragement, and accountability to reach your dreams. Founder Leah Toth describes it as “the soft 26,” the opposite of 75 Hard. Leah’s drive for her business came after the second COVID lockdown in Melbourne. She didn’t want to fall into the same negative patterns and started collecting her manifestations in a journal. One of the manifestations was starting a side hustle, which ironically became the...
After 10 years of experience in digital and social marketing, Maddison Danforth decided that she wanted to help small businesses that didn’t have budgets for large agencies. So, on a Friday afternoon, she left her full-time job. The following day she started her agency called Boho Social.
In the past 3 years, Boho Social has helped small businesses use organic social media to see results like growing from $2.5K to $20K in 6 months. In addition, Maddison was named one of the "Top 10...
Allie Evans fell into a successful career in real estate, but when COVID-19 hit, she wondered if she could do more. Through her passion for beach lifestyle and sustainability, she started Tama Swim, a consciously-curated women’s swimwear label. The swimwear is made from recycled yarn from ghost fishing nets in an entirely closed-loop system. After a successful launch, Allie is building Tama Swim, a brand synonymous with an ethically-conscious mission to preserve the beaches and oceans where...
Alicia Long was working at Google when she started feeling that a piece of her life was missing–entrepreneurship. While on maternity leave, she took the foundr Start and Scale course and learned that she needed to create a solution, not a product. Alicia is lactose-intolerant and found that buying nut milk can be expensive, full of preservatives, and create packaging waste.
With help from her husband, a mechanical engineer, they created a nut milk maker that is convenient, compact,...
6 years ago, April Scott started a clothing business and shut it down because she could barely make a sale. But after taking the foundr Start and Scale course this past year, she launched The Villa and sold $12K of products in 2 months. The Villa is a luxury sleepwear brand for women that will make them feel feminine, fun, fierce, and comfortable. April's mission is to make sleepwear for those special moments (weddings, maternity photoshoots, and girls' trips) while creating a community of...
Samantha Scott and Wayne Stanton always wanted to start an online business but didn’t know how. After taking the Foundr Start and Scale course, they discovered their business idea and started selling LED-light therapy masks under the brand “Social Skins.” Their launch was so successful that they realized their brand had pigeon-holed their business. So last year, they relaunched their brand as Selfcare Social, which provides an array of self-care products at an affordable price. The rebrand...
After her first child was born, Megan Castillo taught herself to sew and sell handmade baby items online. Quickly, her parenting product hacks became a full-fledged business called Little BaeBae Co., an innovative baby products company and home of the RetractaClip. Last year, BaeBae Co. grew 300% and is now on track to make $1.8M in sales.
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How her daughter inspired the idea for a retractable pacifier clip Making the first RetractaClip prototype...
Vanessa Babuin started her company Celle Skin to give women confidence by reducing the appearance of cellulite. But instead of the traditional topical solutions, Vanessa used her experience in apparel development to create a wearable beauty solution.
Celle Skin's trademarked technology in their FibreCel™ Shorts increases circulation that helps repair the skin. Within 4 months, Celle Skin hit over $100K in sales and plans to expand its offerings and reach through Vanessa's passion for...
Emma Bolton started her business Bolton Creations because she couldn't afford personalized gifts for her bridal party. Three years later, a solution for her wedding has become a full-fledged business helping brides create their dreams through an all-in-one shop.
Within the first week of her business relaunch, Bolton Creations made more than 30% of their total revenue from the previous 2 years. Now, Emma has her sights set on creating a company that is the go-to place for answering...
After 10 years in business as a beauty salon owner, Alicia Bode wanted to build a separate ecommerce brand to support the business. Thankfully, she'd been waiting 2 years on the perfect product on which she was an expert.
So Alicia started Label7th, which sells an automatic cordless curling wand that saves time and money while producing salon-quality curls. She sold out her entire stock within 48 hours of launch and has built a loyal following using education from her personal life as a...
While pregnant with 2 children, Kelsey Spronk was consistently frustrated with the poor design and materials of activewear for moms. So, she decided to fix the problem herself and launched Be Active Maternity, a maternity and nursing activewear line.
Within 24 hours of Be Active Maternity's pre-launch, Kelsey generated $1,100 in sales and is now developing new products for moms looking to stay active during pregnancy and nursing.
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Jacqueline Yeats used her psychology and youth counseling background to develop a mindfulness brand for kids. Within 2 years, her company Mindful & Co Kids is in 300+ stores in 15 countries, has 2 Shopify stores, and received an endorsement by Oprah.
By encouraging parents to teach mindfulness at an early age, Jacqueline believes Mindful & Co Kids can prevent mental health issues for future generations.
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How a master's degree and...
Mona Fang started selling clothes online for side income and quickly realized the detrimental environmental impacts of the fashion industry. So at age 17, she decided to create a solution to the consumption problem in "fast-fashion." While a freshman at university, she started Karma Trade, a circular fashion trading platform using digital currency.
Karma Trade uses a digital currency called "KARMA" to buy and sell secondhand clothing. Customers earn KARMA by donating clothes to the...
In the same month she launched her business, Grace Armstrong faced the trauma of losing her baby 6 months into pregnancy. Because she had followed the Start and Scale course, this tragedy turned into a triumph for her new business, Begin to Arrive.
Begin to Arrive is an aromatherapy brand that sells waterless essential oil diffusers. The diffusers offer serene lighting that’s cordless and utilize 3 natural oil blends called arrive, revive, and thrive.
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After studying business at university, Reever realized that the corporate world wasn’t his path. He found the Start and Scale course and used strategies from instructor Gretta van Riel to align his passion for health and wellness with business. Reever launched PuraU, a gut health supplement brand, at age 26. Within 3 weeks, he made $25K in sales and $500K in his first year.
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Discovering his passion after a failed stint in dropshipping The strenuous...
What started as a gift idea for a baby shower turned into a full-fledged business. Abi Horton and her partner Danny started Beaus+Babes to create baby clothes made of 100% organic cotton with uplifting and inspiring designs.
Because of their firsthand volunteer experience at domestic violence and homeless shelters, Abi and Danny created a return-to-donate model that allows customers to return and donate outgrown clothing.
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Sayf Hussain was bored. With remote school and lockdown in place, he started researching how to make money online. After learning digital ad strategies through online courses he started reaching out to ecommerce businesses to do probono work. After refining his skills, those free trial clients turned into paying clients. Now, his digital agency Consistency has 6 employees and earns $50K a month.
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Why he chose to invest into digital advertising over...
Sarah Muir knows from experience that successful entrepreneurs need stamina. After months of crowdfunding, she had to fire her manufacturer right before the product launch. Sarah bounced back and found a better manufacturer that allowed her to launch Palm & Pine Skincare with 2 original formulations and control all intellectual property. Palm & Pine sells vegan, cruelty-free, and plastic-free natural sunscreen.
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Why listening to The Foundr...
Three years ago, Akshay Raj and his wife brought together their business and fashion industry experience to create 1Ō8 SPORTIF.
1Ō8 SPORTIF is a slow-fashion brand that bridges the gap between activewear and athleisure and creates sustainable garments built to last.
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Why Akshay and his wife have a make less, make better philosophy How to be sustainable at the manufacturing, packaging, and shipping levels of business The danger of...
Every December, Amanda Boardman was getting loads of engagement on social media from her customized “Elf on the Shelf” scenes she created for her 2 kids. People started asking her to make scenes for their own families, and that’s when Amanda decided to launch Do It Your Elf, which sells DIY kits that contain miniature scenes to help make elf season extra special.
Amanda was able to launch and reach her goal of selling out 100 units just before the holiday season.
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Color has always inspired Salma Kashani. An abstract artist herself, Salma understands how to transform color to create beautiful imagery.
After the disruption of the pandemic, Salma used her newfound free time to learn more about taking her passion for color and transforming it into a business. After seeing a still photograph by a local Vancouver artist, she decided to meld art and fashion using the power of color.
In 2020, she launched Bânu Magnifique, a brand that collaborates...