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DIVERSE INNOVATORS: How Black Founders are Building Companies, Growing Relationships, and Securing Capital in CPG

Tuesday, February 27 | 1-2 PM ET

Naturally New York is proud to present the launch of its Diverse Innovators series, starting with a virtual panel discussion in celebration of Black History Month!

This event is designed to empower and uplift Black founders in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry by providing them with invaluable insights, resources, and networking opportunities. The panel will offer -

  • Support and inspiration to Black founders in the CPG industry, equipping them with the tools to overcome challenges, seize opportunities, and achieve success in their entrepreneurial endeavors.
  • Gain practical advice on accessing capital, building relationships with investors and industry stakeholders, and navigating the unique obstacles faced by Black entrepreneurs in the CPG space.
  • Connect with fellow entrepreneurs, industry experts, potential investors, and mentors within the Naturally NY network, fostering valuable relationships and collaboration opportunities.

Register for this complimentary event today. We hope to see you there!


  • Amaechi Uzoigwe (Co-Founder of Juice Runners, Inc.)

    Amaechi Uzoigwe

    Co-Founder of Juice Runners, Inc.


    Amaechi Uzoigwe is an award-winning music & creative executive, entrepreneur & innovator with a history of building celebrated careers, brands & ventures. His work has received 1x Emmy, 2x Cannes Lions, 7x CLIOs plus 12x Libera Music Awards, and is the only 3x winner of its coveted Marketing Genius trophy.

    Currently, as co-manager & business partner of multiple Grammy-winning & Gold-certified artists EL-P & Killer Mike of Run the Jewels, he oversees music, publishing, creative marketing, visual media, technology, e-com, apparel, touring, licensing & philanthropy. He’s also the co-founder of Juice Runners and BaRTJ.club, creators & purveyors of award-winning craft beverages.

    Most recently, Amaechi launched Portfolio Africa & Studio A.I. (Studio of African Intelligence), focusing on talent across the African diaspora plus IP investment & development, technology, media, special events & social impact. He’s also an executive producer at LA-based film production company GRAiNEY Pictures, whose most recent documentary Unzipped: An Autopsy of American Inequality, was short-listed for this year’s Academy Awards.

    Additionally, Amaechi was elected Founding Chairman of A2IM, which represents the multi-billion dollar U.S. independent music industry; is Adjunct Faculty at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute; and board member for NYCxDesign, and iVoted.org, the world’s largest digital music festival.

    Public speaking invitations include: Harvard Law School, Cannes Lions, NY Times, SXSW, SF Music Tech, NYU (Tisch & Stern), GRAMMYs/NARAS, University of Michigan, Brooklyn Law School, Drexel University, Ohio University, MIDEM, American Bar Association, Advanced Systems Group, MDL BST; CLIO Awards; NY:LON Conference, Music Manager’s Forum, Berklee School of Music, RapCon.

    A graduate of the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science & the Arts, Amaechi resides in Harlem, NY with his 2 daughters.

    He is represented by the Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

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  • Bradley Gifford (Founder and CEO of Spoonful)

    Bradley Gifford

    Founder and CEO of Spoonful


    Meet Bradley Gifford, your friendly neighborhood oatmeal guy, and hybrid athlete. With extensive expertise in content strategy, community growth, and storytelling Bradley is your go-to guy for all things creative strategy. Beyond his professional pursuits, Bradley is deeply passionate about mindfulness, the arts, design, and architecture. When he's not immersed in work projects, you'll likely spot him playing with a set of kettlebells, engrossed in a good podcast, exploring a museum, or breaking a sweat on a run.

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  • Ivy Asamoah (Founder of Nourrir Drinks)

    Ivy Asamoah

    Founder of Nourrir Drinks


    Nourrir Drinks is an e-commerce natural juice brand located in the South Bronx that is inspired by our West African and French roots. Made with 100% natural ingredients our mission is to allow people to experience the taste of home. Nourrir means “to Nourish” in French and like our namesake, Nourrir Drinks Inc, we believe nourish ing ourselves with delicious drinks. Made with 100% natural ingredients, each sip is filled with SIMPLE. DELIGHTFUL, GOODNESS and a taste of home.

    At Nourrir Drinks, passion and commitment drive us to create and celebrate beverages that are thoughtfully crafted with high-quality, premium ingredients. We draw constant inspiration from our West-African roots with a modern twist. We pair ancient ingredients and spices known to boost immune system with sweet and spicy flavors.

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  • Kadidja Dosso (Founder of Dosso Beauty)

    Kadidja Dosso

    Founder of Dosso Beauty


    Dosso Beauty provides women of color with access to hypoallergenic hair extensions and organic hair care products that cater to sensitive scalp and skin. Our premier product is our hypoallergenic braiding hair which has saved over 50,000 women from having severe allergic reactions to the toxic chemicals in the other 99% of braiding hair in the market.

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  • LaRon Batchelor (Moderator) (CEO of Caminus Ventures Passport Food & Beverages)

    LaRon Batchelor (Moderator)

    CEO of Caminus Ventures Passport Food & Beverages


    With over 20 years of Food & Beverage experience, LaRon is the cofounder of Passport Food & Beverages, a retail management and marketing agency that connects forward-looking, entrepreneurial brands with major retailers and regional distributors such as Wakefern, Whole Foods, Stop&Shop and FreshDirect.

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