We had the good fortune of connecting with McKenna Avery, Marilyn Austin, Halli Briscoe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi McKenna Avery, Marilyn Austin, Halli Briscoe, what do you attribute your success to?
Keeping the dream in sight has definitely ensured that we move forward. Any time we feel discouraged or doubtful, we envision what impact we will be able to make and what our company will look like at its peak. The thought that in just a few years we may have the ability to accelerate the movement of women and the environment brings us ample amounts of fervor and energy.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Our company, Hempress Hygienics, is an innovative feminine hygiene brand on a mission to provide women worldwide access to the high-quality, natural products they deserve while also continuously striving to fight the stigma surrounding the female menstrual cycle. Here at Hempress our first priority is to ensure our products are healthy for our customers and the environment by creating biodegradable, sustainable products through harnessing the power of hemp fiber. We will be the first 100% hemp tampon and are ready to revolutionize the feminine hygiene industry. Recently, we have been extremely proud about being the youngest founders to have ever made it to the finals of the San Diego Angel’s Conference. As we are currently in the investment process, we are excited to have the resources to fully launch and grow as a company. Throughout this journey it had been a challenge to be so young. Youthfulness usually comes with lack of expertise and lack of funds. However, we really learned how to leverage the people around us who want to help and have experience in the space. Overall, we created this company because we want to help create a more environmentally and socially conscious world, starting by transforming the products we use every day.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Firstly, we would tell them to just move here. But, if they couldn’t then we would start off the weekend by going to the hidden swings in La Jolla at sunset followed by eating an organic dinner on the Trilogy Sanctuary rooftop. Throughout our time together, we would be sure to take the Ho Chi Mihn trail down to Black’s Beach (maybe paraglide at Gliderport first, maybe not), rollerblade/bike the boardwalk or Balboa Park, hike Devil’s Punchbowl/Cedar Creek Falls, and surf early in the morning. During the evenings, we would be sure to visit Liberty Station for fun food eats and Point Loma Tea then go to the South Bay Drive-In Theatre. Before the weekend was over, we would go to the many farmer’s markets San Diego has to offer to support small businesses and buy unique souvenirs! If at any point we did not know what to do, we would turn to Facebook events nearby for beach yoga classes or art pop-ups!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
For us it has definitely been more than somewhat. We have only been able to get as far as we have thanks to the team of experts and advisors we work with everyday. Thank you to our team, from our fiber consultant to our marketing expert to our financial advisor. More specifically, Jenny Amaraneni has been instrumental to our growth as she is the first person we call when anything arises. She is the Director of Social Innovation for the Zahn Innovation Platform and has been able to offer extremely relevant advice as she had a company very similar to us before. Also, Natalia Pence is part of the Brink Institute and has pushed us to grow from connecting us to investment opportunities, legal strategy, and FDA groups. These two women have demonstrated to us what women warriors are and have empowered us throughout this whole process.