Brand Incubation Focused on Founders of Color

For the past five years, Sephora Accelerate has been dedicated to building a community of innovative, inspirational founders in beauty. This year we are focused on incubating founders who are people of color. In line with our 15% pledge, and to ensure there are brands representative of the colors, races, and ethnicities that make up America, our commitment this year will be to help bring these brands along. Founders will embark on a six-month journey inclusive of an intensive boot camp where they’ll gain the necessary skills to create a successful business and eventual launch at Sephora, the world’s largest beauty retailer.

The goal of the Accelerate program is to provide consistent, cohesive, and ongoing support backed by digital and in-person resources. Content and curriculum provided is directly correlated to helping founders succeed at Sephora. In addition, brands will have the unique experience of building a heart-and-soul connection to our community and its ecosystem, as well as the opportunity of a lifetime—launching with Sephora.

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Applications for Sephora Accelerate 2021 are now closed. Please check back in the Fall for 2022 application details.

2021 Founders

Christina Funke Tegbe

54 Thrones

Founder

Priyanka Ganjoo

Kulfi Beauty

Founder

Megan Graham

ries

Founder

Olamide Olowe

Topicals

Co-Founder

Marie Kouadio Amouzame

EADEM

Co-Founder

Alice Lin Glover

EADEM

Co-Founder

Desiree Verdejo

Hyper Skin

Founder

Alisia Michelle Ford

Glory

Founder

Nia Wellman

Imania Beauty

Founder

Advisors

Nancy Twine

Briogeo

Founder and CEO

Vicki Tsai

Tatcha

Founder and CEO

Alisa Williams

VMG Partners

Partner

Janet Gurwitch

Advent International

Operating Partner

Divya Gugnani

Wander Beauty

Co-Founder and CEO

Virgil Abloh

LVMH

Chief Creative Director and Founder of Off-White and Men’s Artistic Director at LVMH

Friends of the Program

Aurora James

Brother Vellies

Founder and Creative Director

Julian Addo

Adwoa Beauty

Founder and CEO

Amy Liu

Tower28

Founder and CEO

Mazdack Rassi

Milk Makeup

Co-founder and Creative Director

Maeva Heim

Bread Beauty Supply

Founder and CEO

Nikki Walton

peaceFULL app

Chief Meditation Officer

Alisa Won

Sideman & Bancroft LLP

Partner

Josh McDowell

Main Post Partners

Partner

Hadley Mullin

TSG Consumer

Senior Managing Director

Mark Ritson

Market Week Mini MBA

Marketing Professor

Company Alumni

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For any questions please contact us at accelerate@sephora.com