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UNB alumna's company chosen to participate in Sephora accelerator program

Chinova Bioworks, which has developed a natural preservative extracted from mushrooms for use in the cosmetics industry, will participate in the Sephora Accelerate, a program "dedicated to building a community of innovative female founders in the beauty industry"

In an interview with HuddleChinova Bioworks CEO and co-founder Natasha Dhayagude says, “it feels amazing to be a part of the Sephora program. I’m really excited to be a part of the Sephora network and connect with the top female leaders and experts within the beauty industry. Our company employs 90 per cent women in STEM fields, and learning how to build a successful business and brand from entrepreneurs that understand what it takes will really help us meet our key milestones and goals as a company.”

The Sephora Accelerate program begins May 5 with a one-week boot camp that "helps founders structure their business model, market analysis, growth plan, and funding strategy." They also receive one-on-one mentorship from beauty industry leaders. At the end of the program, the startups will pitch to industry experts, potential venture partners, and senior leaders within Sephora.

Read the full story in Huddle

Chinova Bioworks was co-founded by Natasha Dhayagude, David Brown and Tanzina Huq.