Beauty Tech & Innovation Summit 2023

Beauty Tech & Innovation Summit 2023

Personalization • Digital Innovation • Formulation

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San Francisco
1-2 March, 2023

“What a stimulating event! A really well-curated set of speakers ranging end-to-end from commercial opportunity to scientific and technical capability and market execution. Some very insightful case studies. We also loved the session on new tech pitches – great stuff!”

Jason Harcup, Unilever, Global VP Personal Care Research and R&D Prestige Division

JOIN US IN 2023

The increased competitiveness in today’s beauty industry coupled with the speed of technological advancements has meant that brands must utilize both digital technologies and scientific innovations to thrive in an ever-saturated market.

After 3 successful years, the same is true for The Personalized Beauty Summit. As we evolve alongside the industry to expand the focus of our summit and incorporate innovations in science and technology from across the beauty and personal care sector, we are excited to announce our rebrand to Beauty Tech & Innovation Summit.

What’s Different?
The Beauty Tech & Innovation Summit will discuss the latest science, innovations and technologies that are revolutionizing the beauty and personal care industry while still retaining personalization as a significant pillar in the agenda.

What you can expect in 2023:

  • Identify tech solutions to your supply chain challenges 
  • Utilize future technologies and innovations for both in-store and online retail
  • Effectively make predictions and drive consumer engagement using data 
  • Drive consumer acquistion using the metaverse 
2
Main Event Days
40+
Industry Leading Speakers
200+
Beauty & Tech Experts

BEAUTY TECH & INNOVATION SPOTLIGHT

Showcasing the very latest innovations and technologies in beauty and personal care.

Are you an innovator developing the latest cutting-edge solutions for beauty and personal care?

8 finalists will be handpicked by our prestigious selection committee to present on the main stage for 5 minutes in a quick-fire round of presentations followed by Q&A with our distinguished judging panel.

This is a unique opportunity to showcase your ideas, perfect your pitch and meet investors.

 Apply today if you are an innovative start-up within Technology, Services, Skincare, Haircare, Cosmetics, Personal Care Products, Personalization, Formulation, AI/VR, Customer experience, or Ingestibles/ Supplements.

Applications close Friday,13th January 2023.

Please note all finalists must be registered to attend the event. 

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Selection Committee

Author:

Claire Chang

General Partner
IgniteXL Ventures

About igniteXL Ventures

igniteXL Venturs is a Silicon Valley-based global seed fund investing in game-changing entrepreneurs at the intersection of technology, beauty and wellness.   With the advancement of technology and the rise of conscious consumers who demand authenticity, sustainability, transparency, and inclusivity, the wellness industry is undergoing digital and cultural transformation. And that transformation represents excellent investment opportunities to investors with high margins, recurring and engaged customers, with attractive exit opportunities. 

 

About Claire Chang

Having immigrated from Korea to the US when she was 12 years old, Claire is bilingual and bicultural, which has always given her the unique perspective of being both an insider and outsider able to bridge different perspectives.  Combining her passions for connecting people and helping them realize their dreams, Claire launched a global accelerator in 2014 which impacted over 200 Korean startups' ability to expand to the US market.  In 2018, Claire launched SVBeautyTech, the first-ever independent beauty-tech accelerator, to provide a cohort of mostly female beauty-tech founders access to the Silicon Valley resources previously enjoyed almost exclusively by male, locally networked tech entrepreneurs.  Leveraging her global accelerator network and broad brand connections, Claire is excited to work with passionate innovators and disruptors working at the intersection of technology, beauty & wellness.

Claire Chang

General Partner
IgniteXL Ventures

About igniteXL Ventures

igniteXL Venturs is a Silicon Valley-based global seed fund investing in game-changing entrepreneurs at the intersection of technology, beauty and wellness.   With the advancement of technology and the rise of conscious consumers who demand authenticity, sustainability, transparency, and inclusivity, the wellness industry is undergoing digital and cultural transformation. And that transformation represents excellent investment opportunities to investors with high margins, recurring and engaged customers, with attractive exit opportunities. 

 

About Claire Chang

Having immigrated from Korea to the US when she was 12 years old, Claire is bilingual and bicultural, which has always given her the unique perspective of being both an insider and outsider able to bridge different perspectives.  Combining her passions for connecting people and helping them realize their dreams, Claire launched a global accelerator in 2014 which impacted over 200 Korean startups' ability to expand to the US market.  In 2018, Claire launched SVBeautyTech, the first-ever independent beauty-tech accelerator, to provide a cohort of mostly female beauty-tech founders access to the Silicon Valley resources previously enjoyed almost exclusively by male, locally networked tech entrepreneurs.  Leveraging her global accelerator network and broad brand connections, Claire is excited to work with passionate innovators and disruptors working at the intersection of technology, beauty & wellness.

Author:

Jana Bobosikova

CEO
Epic Brands

Jana Bobosikova

CEO
Epic Brands

Author:

Kara LaForgia

Founder
Kaz Ventures/ Kaz Konsulting

Kara LaForgia

Founder
Kaz Ventures/ Kaz Konsulting

Author:

Richard Kestenbaum

Co-Founder & Partner
Triangle Capital, LLC and Forbes Contributor

Richard is a co-founder and Partner of Triangle Capital and has been an investment banker for over 35 years. Richard has a great deal of experience advising clients in merchandising businesses, particularly in the Retail & Consumer sector. Richard is an often-quoted expert on the retail and merchandising industries. He is a Contributor to Forbes.com where he writes a regular blog about trends in retail and consumer product businesses. He also appears regularly in print and other media as well as industry panels and speaking programs.

Before co-founding Triangle, Richard was a Managing Director at a boutique investment banking firm called Financo, Inc. While at Financo, Richard was responsible for a majority of the firm’s apparel industry transactions. Prior to joining Financo, Richard was a Partner and First Vice President at Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. At Drexel, Richard was responsible for a group of 14 professionals doing middle-market mergers and acquisitions around the world.

Richard is the co-author of three books on finance and computer programming. He is formerly an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Business at the graduate program of the Stern School of Business at York University.

Richard received a BS in Accounting from New York University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Harvard University. Richard is married and lives in New York.

Click here to read Richard’s blog and follow him on Forbes.com.

Richard Kestenbaum

Co-Founder & Partner
Triangle Capital, LLC and Forbes Contributor

Richard is a co-founder and Partner of Triangle Capital and has been an investment banker for over 35 years. Richard has a great deal of experience advising clients in merchandising businesses, particularly in the Retail & Consumer sector. Richard is an often-quoted expert on the retail and merchandising industries. He is a Contributor to Forbes.com where he writes a regular blog about trends in retail and consumer product businesses. He also appears regularly in print and other media as well as industry panels and speaking programs.

Before co-founding Triangle, Richard was a Managing Director at a boutique investment banking firm called Financo, Inc. While at Financo, Richard was responsible for a majority of the firm’s apparel industry transactions. Prior to joining Financo, Richard was a Partner and First Vice President at Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. At Drexel, Richard was responsible for a group of 14 professionals doing middle-market mergers and acquisitions around the world.

Richard is the co-author of three books on finance and computer programming. He is formerly an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Business at the graduate program of the Stern School of Business at York University.

Richard received a BS in Accounting from New York University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Harvard University. Richard is married and lives in New York.

Click here to read Richard’s blog and follow him on Forbes.com.

Author:

Tina Bou-Saba

Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner
Verity Venture Partners

As a partner and advisor, Tina is open-minded, inclusive, trustworthy, and enthusiastic.  Extremely hands-on in her work, she listens intensely and celebrates collaboration.  Tina has sharp instincts for commercial opportunities, honed through her experience in strategy at Victoria’s Secret and in equity research analyzing public retailers. From exploring international expansion opportunities for a major retailer to crafting marketing strategy for a consumer start-up, she is an independent thinker who loves digging into hard problems.

Tina Bou-Saba

Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner
Verity Venture Partners

As a partner and advisor, Tina is open-minded, inclusive, trustworthy, and enthusiastic.  Extremely hands-on in her work, she listens intensely and celebrates collaboration.  Tina has sharp instincts for commercial opportunities, honed through her experience in strategy at Victoria’s Secret and in equity research analyzing public retailers. From exploring international expansion opportunities for a major retailer to crafting marketing strategy for a consumer start-up, she is an independent thinker who loves digging into hard problems.

Author:

Joel Palix

Founder
Palix Unlimited

Joel Palix

Founder
Palix Unlimited

Indie Brand Workshops

CEO/Founders Forum Breakfast

With a mission to accelerate the formation of key relationships and partnerships in beauty & personal care, our CEO/Founders Forum facilitates the sharing of experiences and exchanging of ideas whilst driving your business forward with like-minded leaders in beauty tech, personal care, and innovation.

Spaces are limited. Please note you must be registered to attend the event to take part.

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Investment Roundtables

Led by beauty & wellness investment experts, our 3 dedicated roundtable sessions are designed to support brands looking for investment within:

  • Pre-Seed
  • Seed
  • Series A+

Sessions are limited to 15 attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note you must be registered to attend the event to take part.

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2023 SPEAKERS

 

Darren Adams

Global Digital Innovation Director
Unilever

Darren Adams, Global Director for Digital Propositions at Unilever, leads the development and long-term evolution of the digital propositions team within Unilever. The team is focused on the digital transformation of the organization as it relates to consumer facing propositions, across the three divisions, including Home Care, Beauty and Personal Care and Food and Refreshment. His global team based in China, India, Netherlands and the US are leading the way in building new digital services and digital business models and the inherent assets and technologies required to deliver this.

Darren Adams

Global Digital Innovation Director
Unilever

Darren Adams

Global Digital Innovation Director
Unilever

Darren Adams, Global Director for Digital Propositions at Unilever, leads the development and long-term evolution of the digital propositions team within Unilever. The team is focused on the digital transformation of the organization as it relates to consumer facing propositions, across the three divisions, including Home Care, Beauty and Personal Care and Food and Refreshment. His global team based in China, India, Netherlands and the US are leading the way in building new digital services and digital business models and the inherent assets and technologies required to deliver this.

 

Darren joined Unilever in 2021, and prior to Unilever spent several years with Philips in the Netherlands and US as the Managing Director – Strategy, Marketing and Operations, within the Philips Ventures team. He was responsible for the creation of the Philips HealthWorks group and its inherent acceleration and investment programs, which established a large portfolio of start-ups and solutions as well as successful collaborations across the business.

 

Prior to Philips Darren has held numerous Leadership roles across the globe in organizations that have spanned Online and eCommerce, Mobile Technology, Telecommunications, Banking and Insurance and Health.  In these various roles Darren’s focus has been on the creation of new businesses, market expansion and digital transformation. A prime example was the creation of an ecommerce mobile telecommunications services business that generated $250M in revenue after two years.

 

Additionally, Darren has been the founder of several startups, predominantly SaaS based businesses which have had successful exits.  As an investor and executive team member he has seen several other startups through multiple rounds of funding.

 

Darren holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce (Economics and Marketing) from Deakin University and an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business.

 

Darren is currently based in Boston where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

 

Fiona Co Chan

Founder & CEO
Youthforia

Youthforia was developed by Fiona Co Chan in 2021.The idea for Youthforia came about right when COVID hit. Perhaps it was the inability to go out and see people, but Fiona kept coming back to this idea that the best part of wearing makeup is going out with your friends and sometimes that means forgetting to take your makeup off. She really wanted makeup that was good for your skin, so good you could sleep in it. Prior to Youthforia, Fiona worked in tech where she traveled to some of the most polluted cities in the world - and realized her normal skincare and makeup routine weren’t working.

Fiona Co Chan

Founder & CEO
Youthforia

Fiona Co Chan

Founder & CEO
Youthforia

Youthforia was developed by Fiona Co Chan in 2021.The idea for Youthforia came about right when COVID hit. Perhaps it was the inability to go out and see people, but Fiona kept coming back to this idea that the best part of wearing makeup is going out with your friends and sometimes that means forgetting to take your makeup off. She really wanted makeup that was good for your skin, so good you could sleep in it. Prior to Youthforia, Fiona worked in tech where she traveled to some of the most polluted cities in the world - and realized her normal skincare and makeup routine weren’t working. It became very important for her to formulate with ingredients that safeguard from environmental aggressors.During the development of Youthforia, Fiona slept in all of the lab samples (and recruited her husband to sleep in them too) and woke up with much better skin. It completely changed her beauty routine philosophy - makeup is an extension of skincare. And sleeping in lab samples is a huge part of the Youthforia testing process. Above all, we love caring for your skin - we truly believe that makeup should be good for your skin.

 

 

Wayne Liu

Chief Growth Officer and President of the Americas
Perfect Corp

Mr. Liu is the Senior Vice President and General Manager at Perfect Corp.

Mr. Liu has been in his current position since June 2015. He has built the ground work for Perfect by recruiting key talent, establishing partnership with beauty brands, retailers such as L’Oréal, Estee Lauder, Target and other highly inferential organizations.  

Wayne Liu

Chief Growth Officer and President of the Americas
Perfect Corp

Wayne Liu

Chief Growth Officer and President of the Americas
Perfect Corp

Mr. Liu is the Senior Vice President and General Manager at Perfect Corp.

Mr. Liu has been in his current position since June 2015. He has built the ground work for Perfect by recruiting key talent, establishing partnership with beauty brands, retailers such as L’Oréal, Estee Lauder, Target and other highly inferential organizations.  

Prior to Perfect Corp, Mr. Liu joined Perfect’s parent company CyberLink in 2009. He was responsible for key partner development, sales strategy and business growth. He grew several multi-million dollars global OEM accounts and managed heavy weight industrial partners for such as Lenovo, Intel, Qualcomm, Time Warner., Comcast, DirecTV …

Mr. Liu has worked in various engineering and marketing management position at Intel, Broadcom and NVIDIA before joining Cyberlink.

Mr. Liu graduated from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan in June 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He completed his Masters of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University in June 1994. After receiving Master Degree, he continued pursuing advanced study by attending Electrical Engineering Ph.D. program at University of Southern California. Later, in order to learned more business knowledge, he earned his MBA Degree in Finance from Santa Clara University in June 2011. 

 

Danielle Lay

Principal
New Enterprise Associates (NEA)

Danielle Lay

Principal
New Enterprise Associates (NEA)

Danielle Lay

Principal
New Enterprise Associates (NEA)
 

Zahir Dossa

Co-Founder & CEO
Function of Beauty

Zahir Dossa

Co-Founder & CEO
Function of Beauty

Zahir Dossa

Co-Founder & CEO
Function of Beauty
 

Elsa Jungman

CEO & Founding Team
Hello Biome

Elsa Jungman

CEO & Founding Team
Hello Biome

Elsa Jungman

CEO & Founding Team
Hello Biome
 

Jana Bobosikova

CEO
Epic Brands

Jana Bobosikova

CEO
Epic Brands

Jana Bobosikova

CEO
Epic Brands
 

Oliver Garfield

CEO
CosBar

Oliver Garfield

CEO
CosBar

Oliver Garfield

CEO
CosBar
 

Claire Chang

General Partner
ignite XL Ventures

Having immigrated from Korea to the US when she was 12 years old, Claire is bilingual and bicultural, which has always given her the unique perspective of being both an insider and outsider able to bridge different perspectives.  Combining her passions for connecting people and helping them realize their dreams, Claire launched a global accelerator in 2014 which impacted over 200 Korean startups' ability to expand to the US market.  In 2018, Claire launched 

Claire Chang

General Partner
ignite XL Ventures

Claire Chang

General Partner
ignite XL Ventures

Having immigrated from Korea to the US when she was 12 years old, Claire is bilingual and bicultural, which has always given her the unique perspective of being both an insider and outsider able to bridge different perspectives.  Combining her passions for connecting people and helping them realize their dreams, Claire launched a global accelerator in 2014 which impacted over 200 Korean startups' ability to expand to the US market.  In 2018, Claire launched SVBeautyTech, the first-ever independent beauty-tech accelerator, to provide a cohort of mostly female beauty-tech founders access to the Silicon Valley resources previously enjoyed almost exclusively by male, locally networked tech entrepreneurs.  Leveraging her global accelerator network and broad brand connections, Claire is excited to work with passionate innovators and disruptors working at the intersection of technology, beauty & wellness.

igniteXL Venturs is a Silicon Valley-based global seed fund investing in game-changing entrepreneurs at the intersection of technology, beauty and wellness.   With the advancement of technology and the rise of conscious consumers who demand authenticity, sustainability, transparency, and inclusivity, the wellness industry is undergoing digital and cultural transformation. And that transformation represents excellent investment opportunities to investors with high margins, recurring and engaged customers, with attractive exit opportunities. 

 

Osmaan Shah

Founder & CEO
Formulate

Osmaan is the founder and CEO of Formulate, a customization manufacturing platform and consumer brand that offers personalized hair, scalp, and skin care products.

Osmaan Shah

Founder & CEO
Formulate

Osmaan Shah

Founder & CEO
Formulate

Osmaan is the founder and CEO of Formulate, a customization manufacturing platform and consumer brand that offers personalized hair, scalp, and skin care products.

 

Carolina Reis Oliveria

Co-Founder & CEO
OneSkin

Carolina Reis Oliveria

Co-Founder & CEO
OneSkin

Carolina Reis Oliveria

Co-Founder & CEO
OneSkin
 

Agustina Sartori

Senior Director Innovation & Innovation Fund
Ulta

Agustina Sartori is the Sr Director of Innovation Experiences & the Managing Director of Prisma Ventures, the technology fund of ULTA Beauty. She joined Ulta Beauty in 2018 after the company’s acquisition of GlamST, the company she was CEO and Founder,  to help develop AR experiences that combine augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and machine learning technologies such as GLAMLab.

Agustina Sartori

Senior Director Innovation & Innovation Fund
Ulta

Agustina Sartori

Senior Director Innovation & Innovation Fund
Ulta

Agustina Sartori is the Sr Director of Innovation Experiences & the Managing Director of Prisma Ventures, the technology fund of ULTA Beauty. She joined Ulta Beauty in 2018 after the company’s acquisition of GlamST, the company she was CEO and Founder,  to help develop AR experiences that combine augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and machine learning technologies such as GLAMLab. In her dual role at Digital Innovation, she leads a team of engineers, designers, and beauty enthusiasts that develops and experiments with guest-facing emerging technologies to create differentiated guest experiences. She also Managing Director of the newly launched Prisma Ventures. The fund officially launched mid 2022, a Venture Fund, to invest in early-stage startups in the retail technology space. A San Francisco resident, Agustina is originally from Uruguay where she received her Telematics Engineering degree from the University of Montevideo. Throughout her career, she has successfully raised significant capital, went through 500 Startups, Startup Chile and Plug and Play, is an Endeavor entrepreneur, and worked with world-class brands such as L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, Dufry, Clarins, and Neiman Marcus, among others. 

 

Sneha Narahalli

Head of Product (Digital, Data & MarTech)
Sephora

Sneha Narahalli

Head of Product (Digital, Data & MarTech)
Sephora

Sneha Narahalli

Head of Product (Digital, Data & MarTech)
Sephora
 

Andrei Rebrov

CTO & Co-Founder
Scentbird

Andrei Rebrov

CTO & Co-Founder
Scentbird

Andrei Rebrov

CTO & Co-Founder
Scentbird
 

Ekta Chopra

Chief Digital Office
e.l.f

Ekta Chopra

Chief Digital Office
e.l.f

Ekta Chopra

Chief Digital Office
e.l.f
 

Ridhi Tariyal

Co-Founder
NextGen Jane

Ridhi Tariyal

Co-Founder
NextGen Jane

Ridhi Tariyal

Co-Founder
NextGen Jane
 

Leo Salvi

Co-Founder & Head of Science
Kind to Biome

Leo Salvi is Co-Founder and Head of Science at Kind to Biome®. Kind to Biome® is the skin microbiome-gentle Seal of Quality available for all types of personal care products. Founded in 2022 with the objective to make all personal care products skin microbiome-gentle within the next 5 years. He holds a master’s degree in Chemistry (MChem) from Durham University and subsequently held a role in pharmaceutical quality control. Prior to founding Kind to Biome®, he worked as a study design specialist for cosmetic product testing.

Leo Salvi

Co-Founder & Head of Science
Kind to Biome

Leo Salvi

Co-Founder & Head of Science
Kind to Biome

Leo Salvi is Co-Founder and Head of Science at Kind to Biome®. Kind to Biome® is the skin microbiome-gentle Seal of Quality available for all types of personal care products. Founded in 2022 with the objective to make all personal care products skin microbiome-gentle within the next 5 years. He holds a master’s degree in Chemistry (MChem) from Durham University and subsequently held a role in pharmaceutical quality control. Prior to founding Kind to Biome®, he worked as a study design specialist for cosmetic product testing.

 

Jon Shanahan

Co-Founder & CMO
Stryx

Jon Shanahan

Co-Founder & CMO
Stryx

Jon Shanahan

Co-Founder & CMO
Stryx
 

Ming S. Zhao

Co-Founder & CEO
PROVEN Skincare

Ming has a natural gift for business and discovery. Prior to founding Proven, she was the head of business development at NerdWallet, a private equity investor at Bain Capital and a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. She holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and is certified in cosmetic formulation.

Ming S. Zhao

Co-Founder & CEO
PROVEN Skincare

Ming S. Zhao

Co-Founder & CEO
PROVEN Skincare

Ming has a natural gift for business and discovery. Prior to founding Proven, she was the head of business development at NerdWallet, a private equity investor at Bain Capital and a strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. She holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School and is certified in cosmetic formulation.

Ming has lived and worked in numerous regions around the world, including China, India, Austria, Rwanda, Hong Kong and the United States, and has absorbed the beauty and wellness wisdom from her wanderings. She is also a 3rd generation entrepreneur - her grandfather became a baker/ entrepreneur after trekking 1200 miles on foot to escape a famine. Her father, similarly, made the journey to America from China to expand his computer literacy school, in the process immigrating the family and the then 12-year-old Ming to the US.

 

 

Stacey House

Head of Global Innovation, Beauty & Personal Care
kdc/one

Stacey House

Head of Global Innovation, Beauty & Personal Care
kdc/one

Stacey House

Head of Global Innovation, Beauty & Personal Care
kdc/one
 

Catherine Balsam-Schwaber

Founder & CEO
Kindra

Catherine Balsam-Schwaber

Founder & CEO
Kindra

Catherine Balsam-Schwaber

Founder & CEO
Kindra
 

Natalise Kalea Robinson

Co-Founder & CEO
Parallel Health

Natalise Kalea Robinson

Co-Founder & CEO
Parallel Health

Natalise Kalea Robinson

Co-Founder & CEO
Parallel Health
 

Helene Guilaume

Founder & CEO
Wild AI

Helene Guillaume is the founder and CEO of WILD.AI. She studied mathematics and financial risks, was a quant in a hedge fund and management consultant to Fortune500 companies in AI. She was a rugby player; she's an ultra-marathon runner, triathlete, surfer, skier, and ice-swimmer. Her favorite combined skillset is vitality+brains.

Helene Guilaume

Founder & CEO
Wild AI

Helene Guilaume

Founder & CEO
Wild AI

Helene Guillaume is the founder and CEO of WILD.AI. She studied mathematics and financial risks, was a quant in a hedge fund and management consultant to Fortune500 companies in AI. She was a rugby player; she's an ultra-marathon runner, triathlete, surfer, skier, and ice-swimmer. Her favorite combined skillset is vitality+brains.

 

Jordan Schindler

Founder & CEO
Nufabrx

Jordan is a Global thought leader in HealthWear, on a mission to simplify health and wellness. As the founder and CEO of Nufabrx he built the #1 fastest growing company in the region as named by Charlotte Business Journal, the Deloitte Fast 500 #2 Fastest Growing Pharmaceutical Company in North America, and INC. 5000 #50 Fastest Growing Company in America. Jordan was a 2021 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist.

Jordan Schindler

Founder & CEO
Nufabrx

Jordan Schindler

Founder & CEO
Nufabrx

Jordan is a Global thought leader in HealthWear, on a mission to simplify health and wellness. As the founder and CEO of Nufabrx he built the #1 fastest growing company in the region as named by Charlotte Business Journal, the Deloitte Fast 500 #2 Fastest Growing Pharmaceutical Company in North America, and INC. 5000 #50 Fastest Growing Company in America. Jordan was a 2021 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist.

He has developed and launched a new category of health and wellness products to 8-figure revenue and nationwide retail, including Million dollar grants from Department of Defense and Massachusetts Institute of Technology University (MIT). Products are available nationwide at Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and more. Published in numerous articles from USA Today, Forbes, GQ, Esquire, CNET, Daily Mail, Golf Week and Textile World; featured speaker by NCSU, Dornbirn Global Fiber Conference, IFAI, Medtrade, Techtextil, WTIN and the Southeast Defense Summit. Inventor on U.S patent no. 61/566,707, and US Patent 9,669,012. 

Nufabrx is an innovative technology company focused on controlled delivery of active ingredients (vitamin, supplement, medication) through clothing; effective delivery lasts through 15+ wash cycles. Health and wellness reimagined simply by getting dressed in the morning.

 

Benjamin Lord

Vice President Global E-Commerce & Digital
Urban Decay

Benjamin Lord

Vice President Global E-Commerce & Digital
Urban Decay

Benjamin Lord

Vice President Global E-Commerce & Digital
Urban Decay
 

Sergio Rattner

CEO
FitSkin

Sergio founded FitSkin to revolutionize the way beauty products are sold both online + offline. FitSkin combines sophisticated optics, AI, and great UI/UX design to make it easy to buy skincare, haircare, and color cosmetics products.

Sergio launched and successfully exited two prior startups: Autologic (a pre-Google search engine for car buying) and iPorta (an interactive healthcare media platform). 

Sergio holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an Honors BASc. in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Japanese from the University of Toronto.

Sergio Rattner

CEO
FitSkin

Sergio Rattner

CEO
FitSkin

Sergio founded FitSkin to revolutionize the way beauty products are sold both online + offline. FitSkin combines sophisticated optics, AI, and great UI/UX design to make it easy to buy skincare, haircare, and color cosmetics products.

Sergio launched and successfully exited two prior startups: Autologic (a pre-Google search engine for car buying) and iPorta (an interactive healthcare media platform). 

Sergio holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an Honors BASc. in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Japanese from the University of Toronto.

 

Kara LaForgia

Founder
Kaz Ventures/ Kaz Konsulting

Kara LaForgia

Founder
Kaz Ventures/ Kaz Konsulting

Kara LaForgia

Founder
Kaz Ventures/ Kaz Konsulting
 

Richard Kestenbaum

Co-Founder & Partner
Triangle Capital, LLC and Forbes Contributor

Richard is a co-founder and Partner of Triangle Capital and has been an investment banker for over 35 years. Richard has a great deal of experience advising clients in merchandising businesses, particularly in the Retail & Consumer sector. Richard is an often-quoted expert on the retail and merchandising industries. He is a Contributor to Forbes.com where he writes a regular blog about trends in retail and consumer product businesses. He also appears regularly in print and other media as well as industry panels and speaking programs.

Richard Kestenbaum

Co-Founder & Partner
Triangle Capital, LLC and Forbes Contributor

Richard Kestenbaum

Co-Founder & Partner
Triangle Capital, LLC and Forbes Contributor

Richard is a co-founder and Partner of Triangle Capital and has been an investment banker for over 35 years. Richard has a great deal of experience advising clients in merchandising businesses, particularly in the Retail & Consumer sector. Richard is an often-quoted expert on the retail and merchandising industries. He is a Contributor to Forbes.com where he writes a regular blog about trends in retail and consumer product businesses. He also appears regularly in print and other media as well as industry panels and speaking programs.

Before co-founding Triangle, Richard was a Managing Director at a boutique investment banking firm called Financo, Inc. While at Financo, Richard was responsible for a majority of the firm’s apparel industry transactions. Prior to joining Financo, Richard was a Partner and First Vice President at Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. At Drexel, Richard was responsible for a group of 14 professionals doing middle-market mergers and acquisitions around the world.

Richard is the co-author of three books on finance and computer programming. He is formerly an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International Business at the graduate program of the Stern School of Business at York University.

Richard received a BS in Accounting from New York University and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Harvard University. Richard is married and lives in New York.

Click here to read Richard’s blog and follow him on Forbes.com.

 

Matt Rice

Industry Manager
Meta

Matt Rice

Industry Manager
Meta

Matt Rice

Industry Manager
Meta
 

Shakiba Kaveh

Co-Founder & CEO
Mitra Bio

Shakiba Kaveh

Co-Founder & CEO
Mitra Bio

Shakiba Kaveh

Co-Founder & CEO
Mitra Bio
 

Rodrigo Caula

Co-Founder
Aeir

Rodrigo Caula

Co-Founder
Aeir

Rodrigo Caula

Co-Founder
Aeir
 

Akash Metha

Founder & CEO
Fable and Mane

Akash Mehta is a British entrepreneur. He graduated from Imperial College London in Engineering and previously worked at Burberry, Estée Lauder Companies, and Dior, where he was the youngest ever Global Digital Manager. Currently, Akash is the CEO and co-founder of Fable & Mane, an Ayurvedic-inspired hair wellness brand. He is also the host of the Founded Beauty podcast, a leading podcast in both beauty and business.

Akash Metha

Founder & CEO
Fable and Mane

Akash Metha

Founder & CEO
Fable and Mane

Akash Mehta is a British entrepreneur. He graduated from Imperial College London in Engineering and previously worked at Burberry, Estée Lauder Companies, and Dior, where he was the youngest ever Global Digital Manager. Currently, Akash is the CEO and co-founder of Fable & Mane, an Ayurvedic-inspired hair wellness brand. He is also the host of the Founded Beauty podcast, a leading podcast in both beauty and business. Akash was placed on the Forbes '30 under 30' list in Media & Marketing and has been sharing his marketing expertise at some of the largest conferences and universities around the world from TEDx and industry summits. He is also a board member and investor in LVMH’s Patou, a Global Guardian for UNICEF and co-founder of The Fable Fund, an initiative committed to wild tiger conservation with sustainable development.

 

Mary Futher

Founder
Kaia Naturals

Mary Futher

Founder
Kaia Naturals

Mary Futher

Founder
Kaia Naturals
 

Angie Tebbe

Co-Founder & CEO
Rae Wellness

Angie Tebbe is the co-founder and CEO of Rae Wellness. A fruitful 13-year career at one of the world's most recognizable retailers, a lifelong commitment to well-being, and an endless thirst for knowledge led Angie to start Rae Wellness, a holistic wellness company that is committed to well-being for all by providing natural supplements at affordable price points.

Angie Tebbe

Co-Founder & CEO
Rae Wellness

Angie Tebbe

Co-Founder & CEO
Rae Wellness

Angie Tebbe is the co-founder and CEO of Rae Wellness. A fruitful 13-year career at one of the world's most recognizable retailers, a lifelong commitment to well-being, and an endless thirst for knowledge led Angie to start Rae Wellness, a holistic wellness company that is committed to well-being for all by providing natural supplements at affordable price points.

The North Dakota native grew up in a humble and holistic home. Angie's mother worked as a nurse, and her father had a deep passion for Eastern medicine. At a young age, Angie learned how to meditate and developed a curiosity for wellness. In 2018, a period of reflection sparked the idea of Rae Wellness. She gave up her title-holder role at Target, dusted off her father's books, and decided to pursue a new path.

Within a year of starting Rae, Angie launched 20 new products and orchestrated distribution in every Target location. Speaking directly to her consumer base, Angie emphasized the importance of wellness for women. Rae has reached nearly two million customers in the first two years of business, with 68% of customers falling in the 24-35 age range. Rae’s products are available at Amazon, Anthropologie, CVS Pharmacy, Target, Thrive Market, Standard Dose, Whole Foods Market, and more.

Before co-founding Rae Wellness, Angie spent over a decade at Target. As a leader in merchandising, Angie spearheaded the introduction of new brands and designer collaborations while managing P&L and personnel.

 

Outside of Rae Wellness, Angie loves traveling, cooking, and entertaining. Most importantly, she is a wife and mother of three children ranging in age from 7 years to 6 months.

 

 

 

James McCroskery

CEO
Bluebird

James McCroskery

CEO
Bluebird

James McCroskery

CEO
Bluebird
 

Joël Palix

Founder
Palix Unlimited

Joël Palix

Founder
Palix Unlimited

Joël Palix

Founder
Palix Unlimited
 

Tina Bou-Saba

Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner
Verity Venture Partners

As a partner and advisor, Tina is open-minded, inclusive, trustworthy, and enthusiastic.  Extremely hands-on in her work, she listens intensely and celebrates collaboration.  Tina has sharp instincts for commercial opportunities, honed through her experience in strategy at Victoria’s Secret and in equity research analyzing public retailers. From exploring international expansion opportunities for a major retailer to crafting marketing strategy for a consumer start-up, she is an independent thinker who loves digging into hard problems.

Tina Bou-Saba

Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner
Verity Venture Partners

Tina Bou-Saba

Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner
Verity Venture Partners

As a partner and advisor, Tina is open-minded, inclusive, trustworthy, and enthusiastic.  Extremely hands-on in her work, she listens intensely and celebrates collaboration.  Tina has sharp instincts for commercial opportunities, honed through her experience in strategy at Victoria’s Secret and in equity research analyzing public retailers. From exploring international expansion opportunities for a major retailer to crafting marketing strategy for a consumer start-up, she is an independent thinker who loves digging into hard problems.

 

Rathi Srinivas

Founder & CTO
Droplette

Rathi Srinivas

Founder & CTO
Droplette

Rathi Srinivas

Founder & CTO
Droplette

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"What a stimulating event! A really well curated set of speakers ranging end-to-end from commercial opportunity to scientific and technical capability and market execution. Some very insightful case studies. We also loved the session of new tech pitches – great stuff!"

Jason Harcup, Global VP Personal Care Research and R&D Prestige Division, Unilever

"Events like this are incredibly important, with the advancements in AI, AR and all the technology that we see, it’s never been more relevant. It give us an amazing platform where we can all come together and share our ideas and listen to all the opportunities that are happening in the industry."

Bruce Teitelbaum, CEO, RPG IMX

"Each presentation was great in drawing inspiration for personalisation strategies to bring back and execute."

Max See, Testing & Personalisation, Sephora

"We’re seeing people from prestige brands, cosmetics, technology, AI and that respresents the massive change in the landscape of how we interact with our consumer and it requires all of us accross our different diciplines to stay competitive."

Clint Carnell, CEO, Hydrafacial

"This is a specialised summit, which I think brings a lot of added value to a lot more players so we can have deep talks within personalisation – discussing the challenges and realities of it in business."

Zahir Dossa, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Function of Beauty

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