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Business, Entrepreneurship

Finding your path in life, staying true to yourself and leaving a lasting positive impact on the world.

Our featured guest today is Maya French.

Maya French is a Co-Founder of Koia, the protein packed, 100 percent plant-based beverage that uses natural ingredients to deliver deliciously nutritious flavors. Maya struggled with food-based allergies, such as being lactose intolerant her whole life, until she discovered the benefits of plant-based proteins when college friend and fellow Koia Co-Founder, Dustin Baker, was testing out recipes in his Chicago kitchen.
At this moment, Maya realized her calling was to create a functional product that would contribute to providing consumers with a healthier lifestyle. With only experience in journalism and fashion retail, Maya took a leap of faith into unknown territory to follow her dreams and partnered with Baker to launch Koia. 

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KEY POINTS FROM MAYA:

  • I was blessed to receive opportunities for speaking as a keynote at one of our major trade shows in our industry and also an invitation to speak at my high school, which was very heartwarming.
  • The mission of Koia is to bring plant-based nutrition to the masses
  • I had the experience of growing up in a food dessert, not having access to a lot of healthier foods, or being able to afford it.
  • Having a product that is more affordable and available in these food desserts and being able to pick them up in local stores like Walmart, Target and 7-Eleven is our overall goal
  • It’s easy to want to stick to what you know and try to ride the wave when you’re faced with a challenge, but you need to be smart and look ahead to the future.
  • Know when to take a risk and quickly pivot into new, unknown territory.
  • @drinkkoia advises new entrepreneurs:  Bootstrap as much as possible, and start raising funds when you’re ready to scale.
  • Tap into your resources and relationships to get things done in areas that are not your personal strengths.
  • It’s good to have people on your team who are strong in the areas of your weaknesses.
  • Believe in your product/service and make sure that it’s solving an issue.
  • Don’t be afraid to take logical risks.

 

THIS EPISODE WAS SPONSORED BY:

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Join, support and invest in this movement to help improve the life outcomes of our black men and boys.

 

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