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I caught up with Marie Drago, founder of Gallinée – the world’s first skincare brand that uses patented biotech to feed the skin’s microbiome.
We are a young beauty brand that creates skincare products which use biotech to moisturise your skin by feeding the microbiome i.e. the bacteria that live on it!
A bit of everything. I’d always wanted to start a company, and I had the idea of using my knowledge of bacteria I’d gained because of an autoimmune disease I suffer from – and wanted to bring it to the world of skincare where I’d been working for 15 years.
We started with a Kickstarter campaign and a bit of friends and family money, then an Angel round (thank you SeedLegals!) and we have just closed a deal with Unilever Ventures as the lead investor.
For my first round, my first investor was my flatmate, a good friend and a friend of my dad. Angels were found by networking, and then we were quite lucky to be approached by some corporate partners.
I would say the idea, the IP and the founder.
My pitch deck now is only images, almost no text. It changes for every presentation, as some people want to hear more about the science, some more about the sales… It is more a base for discussion than anything else.
Soooooo much paperwork.
Whatever you think, it will take 9 months minimum
Pick people that will bring you more than money. Contacts, experience and time are almost more valuable than the money itself
I find it takes a lot of patience, things that I don’t really have. So I learned a lot about myself. Keep the final aim in mind, it helps.
went to a talk by Anthony Rose, the founder, at a London Innovators event, and was sold right on it.
Grow grow and grow: new IP, new products, new retailers