Late July Snacks founder Nicole Bernard Dawes’ late father was the founder of Cape Cod Potato Chips, so she knew a thing or two about salty snacks. When he passed away in 2009, she decided to start her own company, inspired on part by the absence of organic saltine crackers she craved. Today the company is worth $85 million, and offers a variety of crackers, chips, and popcorn. Late July also helps customers recycle its packaging in a partnership with Terracycle™.
This year, we’re expanding our support of female-founded businesses! Our 3rd annual Rise Project initiative will center around mentoring, supporting and funding female-founded businesses just like Stacy’s®. Working with Alice, a leading online resource for women and other underrepresented entrepreneurs, we will award $200,000 to help women grow their food-focused businesses. A team of leading business founders will serve as judges to select five female entrepreneur finalists who will be awarded a $20,000 funding prize, entrepreneurial advice and network building support. One of these women will win an additional $100,000 grand prize award to help take their business to the next level.