Ilana Kruger featured in a recent Forbes article about Bumble’s COVID-19 relief grant program for women-owned businesses
VCS class of 2013 alumna Ilana Kruger was just featured in a recent Forbes article about a relief-grant program from the social app Bumble for women-owned businesses adversely affected by COVID-19. Back in 2017, Kruger founded Dripkit, a line of portable kits for brewing single servings of premium coffee easily and quickly. Here’s her story from the beginning of the article:
Ilana Kruger founded Dripkit in 2017 as a way to bring barista-quality coffee to people everywhere, anytime. The portable pour-over coffees that require just hot water and a cup grew popular quickly, landing the brand key partnerships with cult brands like Stumptown Coffee, Verve Coffee, and the Ace Hotel group. Business was going really well until several weeks ago when the novel coronavirus began to take root in the U.S., and 75% of their wholesale sales came to a screeching halt. Right away, Kruger set to work on applying for federal grants. The process was lengthy and convoluted. Eventually, she’d learn that once her bank had begun accepting applications for the Paycheck Protection Program, the fund had dried up, and their request could not be processed. Fortunately, Kruger heard that Bumble was accepting applications for women-owned small businesses affected by the coronavirus. Kruger opened up the app, answered a few questions via video about how she and her team were being impacted and submitted. Soon after, she got word that she’d been selected for the grant and received $5,000 straight away—money that would be used to help keep the lights on, pay her small but mighty team and to help fund the company’s initiative to match purchases of coffee with donations to healthcare workers on the frontlines.
You can read the rest of the article here at Forbes.