Connects campers with private camping spots, RVs, cabins, tree houses, and more.
The "Airbnb of outdoor stays," HipCamp is a platform connecting the outward bound to private, rentable camping spots, RVs, cabins, and tree houses. Its service also covers all national, state, regional, and Army Corps parks in all 50 states. The company aims to grow the camping industry enough to discourage landowners from development. At the onset of the pandemic, co-founder and CEO Alyssa Ravasio sought to redirect money from bookings directly to camp hosts. Its investors include Will Smith, JayZ, Andreessen Horowitz, Benchmark, Caterina Fake, and Dave Morin.
Assists clients with luxury travel planning.
SmartFlyer's Equity in Travel mentorship program, launched this year, aims to provide BIPOC college students with a path to internships and jobs in the luxury travel industry. During their junior or senior year, students are paired with mentors, who help them gain real-world experience and build up their network. The program culminates in the Innovation Summit, where mentees share their final project with industry leaders.
Offers catering services in the greater Chicago area.
Tasty Catering, which typically produces 200-plus outdoor events over the summer, helps those who have been addicted and gone through rehab reenter the workforce without background checks. It also employs many young adults from local schools. The caterer’s Tasty Cares organization, a group of employees who plan local outreach, receives an annual budget to sponsor fundraisers like the Pancakes for Parkinson’s breakfast. Additionally, the caterer donates food to local pantries.
Makes organic health and wellness products.
Community well-being has always been central to Gaia Herbs' business. During the pandemic, the certified B Corp donated more than 20,250 pounds of fresh food grown at its own certified organic farm to local food banks, and more than 16,500 vegetable and medicinal herb starts to local community organizations including Hunger Coalition of Transylvania County, Bountiful Cities, and Eliada Homes. Gaia launched its Roots Initiative grant program to bring herbs and herbal products to marginalized populations. The company also ramped up production to make hand sanitizer approved by the CDC, donating at least 220 gallons and 1,500 individual two-ounce spray bottles of hand sanitizer to local organizations and first responders. Then it partnered with the local United Way of Henderson County to give 13,500 two-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer to students in the Henderson County Public Schools district.
Specializes in non-laser skincare treatments.
HydraFacial, like many businesses, was affected by the lockdowns necessitated by Covid-19. While sheltering-in-place, HydraFacial took the opportunity to pivot from skin health to overall health. Their customer care team transitioned to taking telemedicine consultations and the R&D team partnered with a local manufacturer to design and develop ventilators. Across the country and around the globe, there is no unifying standard for education. HydraFacial launched an educational program called HydraFacial CONNECT to set treatment and education standards and to develop novice aestheticians. The curriculum is industry agnostic and includes content from other brands, including Murad, Alastin, Sente, and Hydropeptide. It's meant to empower aestheticians to grow their own businesses as well as their individual skillsets.