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Company/organization description (<500 characters)
Our story began in a doctor’s office. Many doctor's offices in fact. After experiencing constant exhaustion, migraines, joint aches and extreme pain when eating, our founder, Ali, needed answers. Following years of searching, she finally discovered that she lives with several chronic illnesses and thyroid cancer and that eating allergen friendly foods made a huge difference in how she felt. Unfortunately, the few foods she found that worked for her lifestyle didn’t taste good and most importantly didn’t fit all of her dietary needs. So she decided to create foods that changed that! And that’s how Bare Life was born. Now everyone can enjoy Bare Life’s first treat, our delicious - 5 ingredient- allergen friendly coconut hot cocoa mix – that’s organic, dairy free, gluten free, kosher, non-gmo, plant based, vegan and paleo.
Tell us about the milestones your venture accomplished in 2019, eg., key team members added, revenue level achieved, major sales made or endorsements received, successful exit, etc... (<500 characters)
It's been an exciting year for us! We are now patent pending for our hot cocoa. We completed our third production run and every run has doubled in size thanks to the wonderful support we’ve received. We re-designed our hot cocoa packaging to now be in single serving packets and stand up pouches that are more lightweight, eco-friendly and yet still recyclable to help us grow and meet customer demand. I was also honored to be named as one of CT Magazine's top 40 under 40. We also just launched on Amazon in their exclusive grocery section. We expanded to 13 locations carrying our hot cocoa including our first one out of state. We excitingly were in a Christmas market scene for the Lifetime movie, Rediscovering Christmas, which was filmed in Old Wethersfield. We also had a wonderful intern from UConn work with us this past summer and hired our first full-time employee.
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What CT entrepreneur ecosystem resources (spaces, programs, events, schools, etc.) have helped you succeed? (<500 characters)
From our founder, Ali “I’ve been so grateful for CT’s supportive community and ecosystem. I moved back here to launch my business, as I was born here and most of my family still lives here. But in reality, I didn’t even know how truly uniquely supportive the community here was. Many people have helped guide and advise me, but to name a few: reSET’s impact accelerator has been an incredible resource in helping us launch. The SBDC and their advisors have also been a wonderful resource. And also, my high school, Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT and middle school, Renbrook School in West Hartford, CT were both foundational in teaching me about everything, including entrepreneurship and hard work. My amazingly generous teachers from those schools even placed some of the first orders when I launched Bare Life.”
What people are saying about Bare Life...
Bare Life is an allergen friendly food startup based out of West Hartford, Connecticut. Bare Life started from its founder, Ali Lazowski's struggles with chronic illness. Bare Life makes crave-worthy and body-friendly foods convenient to everyone, especially the chronically ill, whether it's online or in local grocery stores. Bare Life's first product is a delicious Coconut Hot Cocoa that is Organic, Kosher Pareve, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Paleo, Soy Free, Plant Based and Corn Free. Cynthia Lahm
Bare Life is an allergen friendly food business based out of West Hartford, Connecticut. Bare Life started from its founder, Ali Lazowski's struggles with chronic illness. Bare Life makes crave-worthy and body-friendly foods convenient to everyone, especially the chronically ill, whether it's online or in local grocery stores. Bare Life's first product is a delicious Coconut Hot Cocoa that is Organic, Kosher Pareve, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Paleo, Soy Free, Plant Based and Corn Free. Isabelle Albin