San Francisco, CANaturally Bay Area, a non-profit company that connects entrepreneurs with investors in the organic industry, awarded the 2020 2nd Annual Pitch Slam award to A Dozen Cousins on Jan. 19 at the Mission Bay Conference Center.

Six brands competed at the Pitch Slam including:A Dozen Cousins,Bread SRSLY,Down to Cook,Dr Hops Kombucha,Outlaw Soaps, andRenewal Mill. Each brand shared their company's story and gave a timed business pitch to a panel of judges. Brands also had the opportunity to mingle with judges, key speakers and special guests.

The Grand Prize winners, A Dozen Cousins, are a socially conscious, minority-owned food company dedicated to creating soulfully seasoned, ready to eat beans. The Grand Prize package worth $82,000 included: a free booth at Natural Products Expo East 2020, a guaranteed spot at the Expo East Pitch Slam, $5,000 in cash, office space, legal services, accounting services, one-on-one meetings with a Whole Foods buyer, photography, design, branding & marketing services, memberships to natural products CPG community groups and more.

“As an entrepreneur, my day is hectic, which frequently leaves me with limited time to interact with other peers and leaders in this industry,” said Ibraheem Basir, A Dozen Cousins CEO and Founder in the press release. “The Naturally Bay Area Pitch Slam provided the perfect platform to share our story of A Dozen Cousins…I am very thankful for this opportunity.”

“Naturally Bay Area wishes to extend congratulations and gratitude to everyone who participated in this year’s Pitch Slam,” said Don Buder, Naturally Bay Area Board Chair and Founding Board Member, in the release. “The judges had a hard decision to make with so many fabulous competitors. We wish everyone continued success and are forever grateful for the community’s support in attending our premier event.”

For a full list of sponsors, key speakers and judges,visit here.