The Consumer Discovery Show from FounderMade at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. The summit brought together 200+ top consumer brands and key industry players in the areas of beauty, wellness, and food looking to accelerate growth and exposure while introducing consumers to the latest products.
The event consisted of six different panels, fireside chats, and key notes in one marketplace while creating networking opportunities for businesses to build distribution, sales, financing, and strategic partnerships. Among the panels, the highest attendance came from High Hopes: The Future of Cannabis where panelists Emily Dougherty (Editor in Chief, New Beauty), Michael Bumgarner (Founder + CEO, Cannuka), Clement Kwan (Co-Founder, BEBOE), Jessie Stanley (Co-Founder, CW Hemp), and Derek Thomas (Vice President of Business Development, Veritas Farms) discussed ways in which they are responding to demands for weed-based products as the legalization of marijuana becomes accepting in more states, technology and innovation amplifies, consumer curiosity grows – and how others can invest in these new markets.
The Honest Company’s Co-Founder and CPO, Christopher Gavigan
Lifeway’s Chef Executive Officer, Julie Smolyansky
Pressed Juicery’s Founder & CEO, Hayden Slater
Byrdie’s Editorial Director, Faith Xue
Erewhon’s VP New Store Director, Jason Widener
Love & Wellness Founder, Lo Bosworth
Attendees got a chance to glam up with a manicure from GlamSquad, try a detoxing armpit facial and complimentary coconuts that left them feeling refreshed from Kopari Beauty, cool down with Cryo facials from CryoZone, have their own beautiful selfie printed on a cookie from Selffee, create your own tea with foraged herbs from Fruitstitute, and keep their energy levels up with B12 shots from The Hydration Room. Some of the exciting emerging brands included: VOLO Beauty touting the first cordless hair dryer, fuel up with Navitas Organics’ Vanilla & Green plant-based protein drinks, and Acquis promoting luxe hair towels that cuts hair drying by 50 percent. Other notable brands included: CW Hemp, Type A, Daiya Foods, and Rude Cosmetics.
FounderMade helps curate and scale the best in-class consumer businesses by providing them with direct access to highly sought out retailers, distributors, investors, corporate partners, press, and influencers. With exhibitions in New York and Los Angeles, FounderMade helps people discover new brands that will improve their lives and the stories behind them. At the summit, brands build distribution, sales, financing, and strategic partnerships to scale their businesses, making truly powerful connections to close deals while driving growth and exposure. Each event offers brand founders the opportunity to create greater exposure for their products through distribution, thought leadership, and high-impact marketing initiatives and investment. At the same time, retailers and distributors are delivered the best consumer brands specifically curated for them through the summit.