What brands ARE saying
"The vibe is amazing, everyone is networking & it's just an amazing conference."
Maria Hatzistefanis, Founder, Rodial
"FounderMade has opened the door to many, many, many different types of connections that are going to make a big difference in 2018, I have no doubt."
August Vega, Founder, MALK
"What I think is so cool about FounderMade is that it's a combination of connecting people."
Bobbi Brown, Founder, Evolution_18 , Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
"It's always great when you can interact and meet other founders and hear other founders speak and learn about other brands and businesses."
Alli Webb, Founder, Drybar
"I [came to FounderMade] to tell my story and to connect with future consumers and entrepreneurs that are looking to get started. We really want to inspire others that they have everything within them to get their dreams and make them come true."
Daina Trout, CEO & Co-Founder, Health-Ade Kombucha
"There's been such a unique group of people. I've had the opportunity to meet to buyers from Whole Foods and Starbucks and also producers from Dr. Oz and Inc Magazine."
Dustin Finkel, CEO & Founder, Ancient Ingrained Co.
“We were blown away by the brands and influencers in the room. The experience was seamless. Non-stop flow and conversation gave us opportunity to have meaningful conversations and educational opportunities.”
"FounderMade has been great for our company, we were able to interface with a ton of investors, buyers, show them our products and really get a feel of consumer appetite. It has been super beneficial for us, help us pop up our e-commerce launch in February."
"We literally got mobbed in the best way. We met so many investors, incubator leaders, influencers, bloggers, salon owners and potential retail partners. We ran out of business cards and people were literally waiting in line to speak to us to talk about possible opportunities. It was incredible. For a young brand like us to get that kind of exposure means the world to us and isn't typically something we could have afforded on our own."
"FounderMade is the perfect opportunity to make the right connections with the right people to propel the business forward."
"Because of FounderMade we were able to connect with target buyer and really started the conversation of how we are going to get our products into Target. It was super beneficial to see that partnership really going to places."
“We were completely blown away by the caliber of event, attendees, and value we got from being a part of it. Some of the highlights included garnering significant interest from serious investors, media interest, we sold a ton of product at the Discovery Lounge, and we secured a prominent new member of our advisory board; Michael Gordon, founder of Bumble & Bumble.”
“We participated in FounderMade Wellness 2016 and met an amazing brand consultant. After working closely together and understanding our brand more closely, she became a partner. We are now putting together a strong strategy to scale FaceLove with our first free standing store along with 2 other shop in shops to open fall of 2017. Essentially taking us from being a $40k a year facial pop up service to a $2 million brand sitting next to Dry Bars and Soul Cycle.”
“This event has been an really amazing networking opportunity. We sold out of all of our products. There has been an amazing response to our brand, we lined up ten different partnership opportunities as well as I met some potential investors.”
“Foundermade's events are expertly packaged to bring Founders, Media, Corporate Partners and Investors together in an authentic way. The speaking panel is always inspiring and the relationships you form are unmatched. I've walked away feeling energized about our companies' future.”
“I was able to connect the brand with the thought leaders in the industry from media, distribution and investment communities. I loved that FounderMade took a fragmented process and made it streamlined.”
“Foundermade offers a forum for connections to be made and for ideas to be produced. Budding Entrepreneurs can connect to Veterans such as myself whom I think they can learn so much from. The collaboration possibilities and the exposure for some of these young founders makes these events invaluable.”
“From FounderMade I was able to create a deeper connection with other founders and suppliers in my industry such as Livio Bisterzo, founder of Hippeas, and Tero, founder of Four Sigmatic. FounderMade fostered an unparalleled platform and community from which I was able to strengthen these connections.”
“The Foundermade events are expertly curated across audience and speakers to bring together the driving forces in the wellness industry. I even met a senior hire for my company at one of their events!”
"It is always so inspiring to meet other entrepreneurs in the consumer sector and get feedback from the M&A and investment community."
“As an emerging beauty brand, large marketing decisions are pain-stakingly made with ROI as the number one driver. For us, FounderMade provided both direct and indirect value. We met industry insiders, media contacts, and priceless insights from other start-up founders. This event is a must-do for indie brands.”
“mēle is now available on Anthropologie.com and this is all in huge thanks to FounderMade! This is a huge development for us as such a small, self-funded business - and we aren't even a year old yet! Most trade shows I attend are crazy and have thousands of people, but FounderMade focuses on quality over quantity. The attendees were genuinely interested in our product.”
WHAT RETAILERS & DISTRIBUtoRS ARE SAYING
"This is a remarkable forum to make that happen. All these brands, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors sort of in one community, I think in a very organic and very uplifiting fashion. That's what's exciting about it."
Marc Farrell, Vice President, US Retail Lobby & eCommerce, Starbucks
"An incredible event that gets a lot of retailers, product makers, and entrepreneurs together."
Elly Truesdell, Global Product Innovation & Development, Whole Foods
“What better way to find the next big beauty brand than at a summit like FounderMade where you have the hottest, niche new speciality brands on the market. It’s a really great event, a lot of innovation and new ideas, we look forward to participating in the future.”
Anna Baker, Director of Merchandising Strategy & Category Development for QVC
“FounderMade was a boutique version of ExpoWest - an intimate group of hand-picked wonderful industry influencers. The tight-knit atmosphere allowed me to accomplish more at FounderMade in the one day of networking than I would in several days at any other convention or expo. I expect tons of new business to be generated from this amazing event.”
Peter Groverman, CEO, Grovara
WHAT INVESTORS ARE SAYING
"A nice curated listed of folks so it doesn't really feel like you're fighting the masses, you actually have some time to actually get to know people."
Robin Tsai, Principal, VMG Partners
“Worthwhile investment of time, energy and money. I have definitely gone forward in pursuing many new companies and I am excited to attend more events in the future.”
Debra Perelman, Executive Vice President, Strategy and New Business Development, MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated
“(FounderMade) collects small brands, independent brands and newly-developing brands, and it has a lot of ‘cool’ brands. It does the research on brands so you don’t have to do a lot of the work,” said one investor.”
“FounderMade has built a great platform for us to accelerate introductions to today’s entrepreneurs, to interact with key leaders, and to stay abreast of some of the most important trends and innovations in our market.”
Jon Canarick, Managing Director, North Castle Partners
WHAT MEDIA & INFLUENCERS ARE SAYING
“It’s nice that the financial players are coming by, because the idea of matchmaking some of these people, even in the early stages before anybody is ready to do a deal, is very interesting and maybe not something that you’re not necessarily honing in on in other places.”
Allison Collins, Beauty Financial Editor, WWD
“At Entrepreneur we are always excited to explore every single sector. FounderMade has done a wonderful job of collecting experts in all types of sectors, so it’s a wonderful way to connect with lots of different expertise in one place.”
Linda Lacina, Editor, Entrepreneur Media
“FounderMade attracts founders by offering support services, mentorship from veterans, a pitch competition and access to capital. This founder-focused model then attracts the big companies who have a keen interest in gaining visibility into a world that corporates would never normally have access to.”