Meet Our Inaugural Founders
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Creating an ecosystem to support
Black Beauty and Wellness Founders
Community.
Education.
Mentorship.
Capital.
Our Mission
BrainTrust
Founders Studio
  • Create inclusive economic opportunities
  • Increase business performance
  • Build sustainable pathways for growth
  • Develop a connected community of founders
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Why We Exist

The past year has been a watershed for Black entrepreneurs and more new Black-founded businesses were started over the past year than in the past 25 years. The renewed activism in support of greater diversity and equity across all aspects of society in 2020 led many brands and retailers to diversify their teams and shelves. New organizations and initiatives such as Pull Up For Change and the 15 Percent Pledge have also helped to create an unprecedented opportunity for Black founders.

To maximize this opportunity, Black founders need access to critical business support, education and mentorship resources, capital, and scaling capabilities. It’s shockingly true that only 4% of Black-owned businesses in the US survive past the start-up stage even though 20% of Black Americans start businesses. More than 9 out of 10 Black founders lack investment/working capital, while 77% lack mentoring and business management support, three-quarters lack pathways to distribution channels, and more than half lack access to suppliers and marketing services support.

Knowing that a pipeline of successful, Black-founded beauty and wellness brands would change the paradigm within the $500 billion global beauty and wellness industry, we started BrainTrust Founders Studio as a scalable way to create parity and equity by providing additional business, financial, marketing and technology brain power through a global ecosystem and community of like minded founders.

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Introducing the BrainTrust Founders Studio

Incubated in BrainTrust, the Founders Studio was designed for the specific needs of Black Beauty and wellness Founders who are redefining the future of Black entrepreneurialism.

Membership in the Founders Studio provides access to a community and ecosystem that unlocks much-needed resources and access to our knowledge salon to help grow and scale your business.

  • Build meaningful relationships with Founders who are like-minded and relatable
  • Leverage business and financial resources
  • Connect with executive coaching and mentorship
  • Join curated events and roundtable discussions
  • Unlock manufacturing, distribution and marketing alliances
  • Gain access to capital

EXPAND YOUR BRAND POTENTIAL

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Membership Benefits
Which BrainTrust Founders Studio Membership is Right For You?

The Founders Studio offers three tiers of membership—Start, Grow, Accelerate— to maximize opportunities for growing businesses. The platform was designed to match participating founders with supporting resources and relevant partners based upon their individual profile and goals.

Membership provides access to dozens of partners and advisors to help founders create valuable branded products and profitable companies.

We’ll help find the one that is right for you.
Complete the Member Intake Form and we’ll recommend a tier of Membership based on your needs.