The Business of Black Beauty: Consumer Needs, Investments and Resilience



10:00am - 11:30am

U.S. Black consumers spend $1.2 trillion annually, with shoppers spending an estimated $127 million on grooming aids and $465 million on skin care.[1] However, according to the Census Bureau only $2.5 million is contributed to Black-owned businesses and a Stanford University study found that only 1% receive loans in their first year. That’s seven times lower than the percentage for white businesses.[2] During the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, 41% of the Black businesses closed as compared to 17% of White-owned businesses.[3]

Join our panel of top entrepreneurs and investors as we address and highlight:
– Disparities and challenges of Black-owned businesses and ways to successfully build and market beauty products to consumers
– Startups making breakthroughs in the Black beauty and skincare industry
– Accessibility to financial capital and funding opportunities

Kerry Washington (MODERATOR) | Emmy Award winning, SAG, and Golden Globe nominated Actor, Director, Producer, and Activist
Keenan Beasley | Founder and CEO | Infinite Looks, Supply Factory, Kukua Corp & Venture Noire
Camille Martin | Co-founder and CEO | Seaspire Skincare
KJ Miller | Co-founder and CEO | Mented Cosmetics
Olamide Olowe | Co-founder and CEO | Topicals

Anurag Mehta (MODERATOR) | Principal, Venture Investments | Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC
Justin Dawkins | Managing Partner | Collab Capital
Jaisa Minor | Investor | New Voices Fund
Maria Velissaris | Founding Partner | SteelSky Ventures
Alisa Williams | Partner | VMG Partners

AGENDA (Pacific Time Zone)
10:00AM PT | Welcome Remarks
10:05AM PT | Panel Discussion and Q&A: Addressing the needs of Black consumers and challenges and successes of Black-owned businesses
10:45AM PT | Panel Discussion and Q&A: Financial support of Black-owned businesses
11:25AM PT | Closing Remarks

Complimentary. Registration closes on October 21st at 9:00 am PT.

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Contact: Ro Rabanillo Kent
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