A luxe lifestyle start-up with a focus on traditional African skincare rituals is the 2021 Global Impact Award winner. Founder Fanta Kaba (MBA, Olin Business School Class of 2021) established Golden Roots Essentials to curate natural and holistic products that help keep skin brilliant and beautiful.

Golden Roots Essentials uses centuries-old traditional ingredients in its soaps and body butters; the $50,000 prize will help Kaba continue to build her brand and network. She also took third place in last fall’s Skandalaris Venture Competition.

The Global Impact Awards, made possible by Suren G. Dutia (BS ’53, AB ’67, MS ’67) and Jas K. Grewal, fund WashU-based startups that are scalable, sustainable, and quick-to-market with profitability and broad impact. To learn more about Golden Roots Essentials, Fanta Kaba and the Global Impact Awards, visit the Skandalaris Center website.