Hi Frères Branchiaux Family!
Recently, mom of Frères Branchiaux (and co-founder) Celena Gill was selected as a How I Built This Fellow! If you haven't heard of this award-winning podcast by Guy Raz, "it features the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built." As a part of the fellowship, our company was featured in an episode! Please listen HERE.
Mom also had the opportunity to pitch for a $50,000 non-equity grant--meaning that we can do whatever we need to do with the money without giving up any ownership as a condition of winning. We find out the results on May 27th, the last day of the annual How I Built This Summit (At Home). We're excited and hope that we win!
We wanted to share part of her pitch with you all. Although we started this business to earn money for toys, games, and Nerf guns--we ended up giving back to the community through donations and providing employment. And, we found out that we did something else along the way. Read the last part of her pitch below:
Thank you all for helping us become more than just a candle company.