Bare Life’s story began in a doctor’s office. After years of constant exhaustion, migraines, joint aches and extreme pain when eating, I discovered that I live with several chronic illnesses and cancer and that eating allergen friendly foods made a huge difference in how I felt. So, I created a delicious 5-ingredient instant coconut hot cocoa mix, that’s organic, dairy free, gluten free, kosher, non-gmo, plant based, vegan and paleo. I wanted to create a sweet treat that everyone could enjoy!
Tell us about the entrepreneurial milestones you accomplished?
Since launching my business in 2018, I have been named and recognized in Connecticut Magazine’s and Hartford Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Awards. In 2020, despite suffering from long-haul COVID-19, I was able to present and sell Bare Life on QVC, Zulily and Better Connecticut. Last year Bare Life also landed on the shelves of 36 Whole Foods Market stores in New England. We had our largest production run by far where we produced over 60,000 servings of hot cocoa which sold out in just 3 months.
What type of entrepreneur are you?
Scalable Venture - regional, national, or global business focus
What CT entrepreneur ecosystem resources have helped you succeed?
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. 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 entrepreneurship.
Ali Lazowski is the founder and CEO of Bare Life, an allergen-friendly West Hartford-based food startup inspired by her journey with chronic illness and cancer. In 2020, despite suffering from COVID-19, she managed to achieve huge milestones for her company, including presenting and selling Bare Life on QVC, Zulily and Better Connecticut. Bare Life also landed on the shelves of 36 Whole Foods Market stores in New England. Ali also volunteers her time working for reSET in Hartford.