Burt's Bees Natural Launchpad: Women’s companies represent breadth of natural products

Burt's Bees Natural Launchpad's third cohort includes businesses that address skin care, natural foods, low-sugar treats, supplements and more. Here's the class roster.

Victoria A.F. Camron, Digital content specialist

September 5, 2018

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Focusing this year on women-led businesses, Burt’s Bees has named the 10 leaders who make up the third cohort of the company’s Natural Launchpad accelerator program.

The decision to focus on women’s companies was inspired by Burt’s Bees co-founder Roxanne Quimby. Even with applications open only to women, the program received two-thirds as many applications that it has in the past. In addition, English-speaking Canadian women were eligible to apply—and one of them received a slot in the Launchpad.

"There are amazing natural entrepreneurs and brands around the world leading the charge on sustainability, and it’s exciting to see Burt’s Bees supporting these global thought leaders,” Mike Pilato, vice president and general manager of The Clorox Co.'s Canadian division, said in a released statement.

About the Author(s)

Victoria A.F. Camron

Digital content specialist, New Hope Network

Victoria A.F. Camron was a freelance writer and editor contracted with New Hope Network from 2015 until April 2022, when she was hired as New Hope Network's digital content specialist—otherwise known as the web editor.

As she continues the work she has done for years—covering the natural products industry for NewHope.com and Natural Foods Merchandiser; writing up earnings calls and other corporate news; and curating roundups of trends and information for the website—she is thrilled to be an official part of the New Hope team. (She doesn't mind having paid holidays and vacations again, though!) Victoria also compiled and edited newsletters, and served as interim content director for Delicious Living in 2016.

Before working as a freelancer, she spent 17 years in community newspapers in Longmont, Colorado, and St. Charles and Wheaton, Illinois. Victoria is a Colorado native and a graduate of Metropolitan State College of Denver.

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