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2020 was certainly a year that called for innovation and new thinking. But due to travel limitations, many companies struggled to connect with the early-stage startup companies that are most likely to bring real innovation to retail. 

In response to the disruption of 2020, GMDC|Retail Tomorrow is launching the Startup Mic-Drop series, a 2021 program that will allow our members and industry participants to easily discover the most innovative startups. 

Future-Facing Selfcare

Increasing consumer awareness of Selfcare opportunities and occasions are merging with in-store technologies to create new solutions for personal wellness and the in-store experience.  In this session, we’ll explore the product innovations that are driving Selfcare category growth in retail, tomorrow.

What to Expect

  • A one-hour session
  • Five 5-minute pitches from innovative product startups
  • A panel of industry executives serving as judges and offering real-time feedback to the founders and innovators will select a winner who will participate in the Startup Showdown at the end of the year
  • The overall champion of the Showdown will be awarded a $10,000 prize and the winning product concept will receive a test distribution pilot on Boxed.com
  • All registered viewers of the events will have the opportunity to have further one-on-one discussions with any startup of interest

Meet the Startups

  • Kegelbell – the most powerful kegel exercise weight set on the market
  • ReCoup Fitness – versatile products that combine compression and temperature therapy for muscle pain and workout recovery
  • Mimijumi – the anti-colic baby bottle
  • Nouri – probiotic and immunity-enhancing dietary supplements
  • VendRx – automated prescription dispensing service for retailers and health & wellness provider locations

Meet Our Judges

Ashwin Nathan

Vice President Marketing, HEB


Kindra Tatarsky

Director, Touchdown Ventures


Neil Stern

Chief Executive Officer, Good Food Holdings


Stephan Henig

Chief Customer Officer, Wakefern Food Corp


Derek Gaskins

Chief Marketing Officer, YESWAY


Ola Lessard

Chief Marketing Officer, HempFusion


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