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The company took home $5,000 in grant funding to help it continue to grow and prosper.
More than 70 companies pitched to a panel of beauty industry leaders and celebrity judges at the GlossPitch competition in partnership with Cosmoprof North America.
“It is an honor to announce 786 Cosmetics as the winner of the GlossPitch Competition,” said Kimberly Carney GlossWire Founder and CEO. “The consumer is craving a continued push toward solutions in clean beauty, and they want vegan and cruelty-free nail care, so it is a category we are heavily watching and supporting. We have seen a serious uptick in search for highly effective products without animal-derived ingredients. 786 Cosmetics halal nail polishes are certified by PETA and come in a range of colors and sets that our GlossWire consumer desires.”
Ibrahim Ali and his wife Iqra Isphahani founded 786 Cosmetics to fill a gap in the cosmetics industry by providing a line of high-quality beauty products, including a vegan, cruelty-free, and breathable nail polish, that were halal, or Islamically permissible. Now sold in over 10 countries and reaching customers all over the world, 786 Cosmetics has grown to become a globally recognized brand.
GlossWire gives its portfolio of 200-plus brands the ability to engage in new and innovative ways by fusing data analytics with the discoverability of brands on a global platform. For the consumer, GlossWire improves product discovery and awareness by leveraging technology to personalize the customer experience through social tools, such as swiping, likes, and sharing, to engage the consumer and build community. As a testament to the positive user experience, GlossWire has continued to rank in the Top Charts on the App Store for paid shopping category.
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The brands, which included makeup, hair, skincare and other product companies that spanned the spectrum of the beauty and grooming industry, pitched to a panel of judges including Kimberly Carney, GlossWire CEO and founder; Amanza Smith, GlossWire advisory board member, designer, entrepreneur and Netflix’s Selling Sunset cast member; and Hooman Hamzeh, GlossWire advisory board member and development partner and CEO of DevelopingNow. The brands shared the inspiration that led to the launch of their companies, stories about the challenges and successes they have faced, how these unprecedented times have impacted their businesses, and how they would use the money.