Bare Life

Company: Signature A LLC: Bare Life

Location: West Hartford

Company/organization description

Our story began in a doctor’s office. After years of constant exhaustion, migraines, joint aches and extreme pain when eating, our founder, Ali, discovered that she lives with several chronic illnesses and that eating allergen friendly foods made a huge difference in how she felt. Ali 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. She wanted to create a sweet treat that everyone could enjoy!

Tell us about the milestones your venture accomplished in 2020

In 2020 Bare Life was featured on QVC & Zulily where we sold thousands of products. We were featured in the local news on Better CT and our hot cocoa became available in several restaurants and retail stores throughout the U.S. including 36 Whole Foods Market stores across New England. We were named the Best Vegan Hot Chocolate Producers in the USA by Lux Life Magazine’s Food & Drink Awards in 2020, for the second year in a row. We had our largest production run by far and sold out in 3 months.

Does your venture generate revenue or are you pre-revenue?

We HAVE generated revenue

What CT entrepreneur ecosystem resources have helped you succeed?

reSET’s impact accelerator program based in Hartford, CT has been an incredible resource in helping us launch Bare Life. The SBDC and their advisors have also been a wonderful resource. Ali’s high school, Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT and middle school, Renbrook School in West Hartford, CT were both foundational in teaching Ali about entrepreneurship and hard work. Her amazingly generous teachers from those schools even placed some of the first orders when she first launched Bare Life.

Nominator Justification

In 2020 Bare Life was featured on QVC & Zulily where they sold thousands of products. They were featured in the local news on Better CT. Their hot cocoa became available in 36 Whole Foods Market stores across New England & in other retail stores & restaurants throughout the U.S. Bare Life was named the Best Vegan Hot Chocolate Producers in the USA by Lux Life Magazine’s Food & Drink Awards in 2020, for the 2nd year in a row. Bare Life had its largest production run by far & sold out in 3 months.

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