Vegan Ice Cream Company Beats 400 Contenders For $100,000 Prize
Plant-based ice cream company Hakuna Brands has won the Stacy’s Rise Project competition to take home a prize of $100,000.
Vegan ice cream pro Hannah Hong, who partnered with Mollie Cha to start the plant-based ice cream brand, beat 400 other businesswomen to take the top spot.
Stacy’s Rise Project was formed by snack company Stacy’s Pita Chips who partnered with Padma Lakshmi to serve as a judge. The aim of the project is to support and promote businesses led by women.
“Over the past few months, I’ve been working with Stacy’s Pita Chips to help female founders take their businesses to the next level” Lakshmi posted on her Facebook page.
“After narrowing down the pool of applicants from over 400 businesswomen to five talented finalists, we are now officially naming Hannah Hong, the founder of Hakuna Brands, as the $100,000 grand prize winner of the Stacy’s Rise Project! Be sure to check out Hannah’s delicious plant-based line of frozen desert featuring real fruit” wrote Lakshmi.
This was the first year of the competition which will now run annually. Winning businesses will receive mentorship and funding.
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Hakuna Brands Vegan Ice Cream
This plant-based dessert company currently offers two ice cream varieties — Hakuna Banana, which is a blend of banana and coconut milk, and Totes Oats, which is an oat milk creation.
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