Chloe Beaudoin, Entrepreneur

Toronto, Canada

“2020 was a complete rollercoaster. At the beginning of the year, I was set to graduate with a full-time job. By April, I was graduating virtually, away from my peers, and with my full-time offer rescinded. Upset but determined, I started reaching out to other companies… with no luck. I decided to take another approach: entrepreneurship. I had always wanted to be an entrepreneur, but was too scared to do so. With the extra time, my co-founder, Jessica, and I, decided to start Apricotton: an online tween bra movement to empower girls by normalizing puberty changes. When I was younger, I struggled to find bras that were age appropriate. Fast forward 10 years and Jessica’s 13-year-old sister is dealing with the exact same problem. Apricotton strives to help tween and teen girls across North America find bras that are actually designed for them.

After months of hard work, we officially launched in November. In just three months, we’ve already expanded to the U.S. and have even been featured on CTV and Global News. The beginning of the pandemic was extremely difficult for me, but I’ve since co-created a business that’s boosting girls’ confidence all across. All of this happened from losing my job. This really showed me that there are so many opportunities in life. Losing one thing can lead to something better, but you need to actively work for it. 2020 managed to be the best and worst year of my life, and I’m excited to see what ups and downs the future has in store for me.” - Chloe Beaudoin, Entrepreneur

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