March 16, 2018
March is National Women’s History Month, a time set aside to celebrate the central role that women have played in American history. At HSN and across the QVC Group this is an especially meaningful time for us because of the central role that women have played in the history of our companies.
In this spirit, we chose to honor International Women’s Day this past Thursday, by announcing that we will be donating at least $325,000 to benefit Nest, an organization working to empower women across the world. Meanwhile, we plan to use this entire National Women’s History Month to highlight the amazing contributions that women entrepreneurs have made to our country and to remind aspiring female entrepreneurs that they can be the next great American success story.
For more than four decades, we at HSN have been on the lookout for women who Dream, Dare, and Do. When we find promising women innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs, we give them a platform to showcase their products and businesses and provide them with guidance and partnership as they work toward achieving their American Dreams.
Our greatest passion is helping female entrepreneurs like Kavita Shulka turn these dreams into successful business ventures. Kavita invented FreshPaper, a game-changing product that keeps produce fresher for longer. Kavita found inspiration for this groundbreaking innovation in a mixture of spices her grandmother gave her during a visit to India, when she was worried Kavita might get sick from drinking some untreated water.
With support from HSN’s platform – and our reach into tens of millions of households – Kavita’s company, Fenugreen, has been able to reach so many people. What’s more, Kavita has been named as one of Fast Company’s “7 Young Entrepreneurs Changing the World With Their Businesses and one of Time’s “5 Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink.” Among the several international honors she has received, Kavita won the Design to Improve Life Award, or INDEX, the largest prize for design in the world.
“I never thought that these crazy experiments in my garage would lead to something,” Kavita reflected on HSN. “So much of making a difference is just understanding that usually you are enough.”
Through our American Dreams Initiative HSN is actively finding, supporting, and empowering women like Kavita and fellow entrepreneurs like Judy Edwards, founder of the Squatty Potty; Margaret Sinclair, inventor of My Maggies; French Tip Dip entrepreneur April Baxtor; and Abby Walker, the entrepreneur behind Vivian Lou Insolia.
For an hour each week, we give emerging entrepreneurs – a very large percentage of them women – the incredible opportunity to showcase their business to the more than 90 million households within our reach. We’re conducting American Dreams Symposia across the country and training a new generation of leaders at our scholarship-supported American Dreams Academies. Together with our partners, we’re championing female entrepreneurship, creating entrepreneurial environments where women can thrive, and collaborating with strategic partners to find, educate and train women (and men too!) as they bring their products to market.
To find the next Kavita, Judy, Margaret, April or Abby, HSN is partnering with six prominent entrepreneurs who fan out across the country via television, radio and online platforms, conferences and trade shows to find compelling new products to launch while raising awareness for the entrepreneurs behind them.
Our current partners and their avenues for discovering new product ideas include:
- Daymond John: Founder/President/CEO of FUBU, Daymond is the man behind Moguls Mobile and is an investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank”
- Randi Zuckerberg: New York Times bestselling author, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media. Host of “Dot Complicated” on Sirius XM. Editor in Chief of DotComplicated.co, an online community, and Mentor on Oxygen’s “Quit Your Day Job”
- Bob Circosta: TV’s “Billion Dollar Man” and the original home shopping host, Bob has helped create the multi-billion dollar TV home shopping industry and is personally looking through the American Dreams product submissions
- Marc Portney: Known as a host of the reality series “All-American Makers,” Marc is an entrepreneur, investor, business advisor.
- Stacey Scheffelin: Founder and CEO of YBF Beauty and Women’s Leadership Live with an 18-year record of success. Stacey is most known for her success in beauty and apparel sales reaching over $250 million.
- Lili Gil Valletta: Award-winning entrepreneur, TV contributor, co-founder and CEO of CIEN+, creator of Dreamers Ventures and advocate to minority-owned businesses.
During Women’s History Month and every month at HSN we will continue to empower women innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs, to Dare, Dream, Do and become tomorrow’s big best seller!