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Like so many success stories, ours begins humbly, almost by accident: two remarkable people with a good idea, and gumption, and little else.
A Natural Launchpad
But hey—that was enough. Sometimes good ideas have a way of blossoming, given time, and light, and elbow grease. Over 30 years later, we want to give other entrepreneurs the same chance to flourish, to share their ideas—humble or grand—with the world.
So we're introducing Natural Launchpad: an annual grant program for the up-and-coming thinkers, the dreamers, the midnight-oil-burning innovators. For creators energized by an opportunity to improve the health and well-being of our planet and everyone on it.
For our inaugural year, we were overwhelmed by the creativity and expansiveness of our many qualified entries—it was a tough choice to make. But a handful stood wings and antennae above the rest:
A $10,000
cash grant
A day of coaching at Burt's Bees HQ in Durham, NC
Access to a community of peers
The Natural Launchpad seal to place on all marketing materials and product packaging
We're excited by our fruitful new partnerships, and already looking forward to seeing what next year brings!