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Meet the 2022 Target Accelerators Alumni

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Meet the 2022 Target Accelerators Alumni

This year, the Target Accelerators team had the opportunity to help educate and provide resources on how to scale into retail and provide connections to industry leaders and experts to 90 different businesses and more than 100 different founders. Our team’s goals to democratize this access aligns and supports Target’s REACH goal of spending $2 billion dollars by the end of 2025 supporting Black founders.

This year we invite you to browse the variety of products they carry and explore their brands beforeSmall Business Saturday falls on November 26:

Agua Bonita brings you slightly sweet aguas frescas made with real fruit, in bold & fun flavors. All flavor, no fizz. food & beverage

A Little More Zest is an “all food everything” brand that encourages foodies to craft vibrant meals by offering an indulgent suite of culinary items that amplify the flavors of food with every bite. food & beverage

alternative OATS is founded on the principle of offering a delicious, all-natural breakfast that is not only convenient but keeps you full until lunch. We don’t chase fad diet trends or advertise anything other than what we offer: pure, simple ingredients. food & beverage

Awoo is a female-owned pet accessories brand that is modernizing everyday essentials to better serve pets, their people and the planet. pet

babaLID is committed to manufacturing baby products that are simple, practical, and durable. Its premier product is a bottle that support parents and caregivers to confidently feed their babies at home or on-the-go. baby

Bailan Spice is a food experience company that helps home chefs create beautiful memories with delicious food by offering very tasty all-natural African seasonings with no salt, no sugar, or additives, paired with stories from the African continent. food & beverage

Benny Hancock For Men is a Premium men’s grooming brand designed and developed by a Pro Makeup artist who has developed a range of multi-purpose, high tech yet lightweight products, with a purpose to take men’s grooming to the next level to give men a choice. personal care

Bollygood creates Indian-inspiried sparkling beverages that trasnport your tastebuds to India. food & beverage

Brief Transitions provides seamless, stretchy, breathable mesh underwear for women after childbirth because every mom deserves to have the products and support they need for postpartum recovery. baby

Create and Crescent: Creating American traditions for the Muslim household during the holidays. home

Carolyn’s Krisps are 100% plant-based and 100% ridiculously addictive cookie-crackers. Deliciously dippable and perfectly pairable, they blend the texture of a cookie with the Krisp of a cracker. All our snacks are vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free, inviting you to “snack as you are.” food & beverage

Dandylion is a community-powered brand on a mission to clean up the dog grooming category by creating products that put skin-health first and empower the next-generation of millennial dog parents. pets

Desert Moonlight: Beautiful handmade cement candles unique to the senses and purposefully made with your daily rituals in mind. home

Dog & Whistle: Dog & Whistle produces upcycled dog treats and meals. pet

Dope Pieces presents the best in Contemporary, Fine, Urban, and Street Art. Each piece highlights the vibrancy, flavor, and pulse of today’s artists, ranging from the classically trained to the self-taught, to the urban street artist. Our puzzles bring art to life piece by piece. hardlines

ELO: Promoting mental well-being for the next generation through providing parents and caregivers the resources to raise resilient and kind minds. hardline

Emmpeccably Seasoned: Founded in 2019 Emmpeccably Seasoned is here to change the cooking game with delicious flavor and attitude. I created Emmpeccably Seasoned to empower home cooks to channel their inner Gordon Ramsey, with reliable flavor, quality, and a touch of fun. Which is what cooking should be! food & beverage

EZ Doez It potty trainers offers a safer way to train toddlers to use the potty. EZ Trainers(underwear) +EZ Pants (toddler pants) saves money, the environment and your baby’s bottom from harmful chemicals. Going back-to-basics with my product will save our planet 7.6 billion pounds of garbage each year! baby

Famous Falafel Dough: Ready to bake or fry falafel that’s vegan, gluten-free and delicious! food & beverage

Gemini Naturals is a hair care brand that offers a safe temporary hair color solution so that women can avoid the long- lasting, negative effects of traditional hair dye and still feel like their best selves. beauty

Grounded is serving you Cheese made from cauliflower + hemp. 100% Plant Based, dairy free, nut free, soy free, non-GMO, keto, upcycled ingredients. food & beverage

Gwell is a plant-based wellness brand that incorporates functional foods into everyday snacks for people with special dietary needs and food sensitivities from diverse backgrounds. food & beverage

Heart Soul Heat passionately makes small batch 100% American spicy hot honeys inspired by our candy making Mexican heritage. Drizzle it on raw veggies, grilled meats, pizza, chicken wings, fresh fruit, cornbread and even on ice cream. food & beverage

House Dogge is a sustainability conscious lifestyle brand creating products that support the modern lifestyle necessities of dogs and their people in the home, outdoors, and

Huppy is on a mission to prove that smiles are better off without plastic and toxic ingredients. It starts with a personal care revolution and it only gets better from there. beauty

Itadi is an Earth informed skincare essentials brand created by ancestral roots and rituals. We have compiled a unique formula using the purest ingredients on Earth from our family-owned farms in Togo, West Africa. ITADI provides an all-natural, safe and effective daily skin care regime. beauty

Jakera & Co: An artisanal collection of wholesome oat & nut spreads inspired by fresh baked cookies. food & beverage

Joe’y is the delicious coffee alternative with a fraction of the caffeine in coffee, a more sustained boost of energy, and morre health benefits than you can count. food & beverage

Josefa: Josefa is the new dulce de leche! A Mexican goat’s milk caramel commonly known as cajeta that is perfectly balanced and sweet. Josefa is crafted in Mexico with all-natural ingredients and in small batches inspired by our family’s 90-year old recipe. Latina-woman founded, Josefa is a celebration of Mexico’s heritage, sweet flavors, and joy of life. food & beverage

JPs Que: JPs Que was founded from our passion for food and flavor. We’ve taken our time to create products we would use and we are proud of. Every formula has ingredients that are hand picked and have meaning. Our goal as a brand is to provide consumers with products that have bold and delicious flavors to enhance every cooking occasion. food & beverage

Jupiter is a full-spectrum of elevated scalp care essentials – with purpose. personal care

KindTail reinvents pet living one design at a time. KindTail carries that approach into to every aspect of the company, as we continue to create pet products that merge functionality with innovating design, resulting in one-of-a-kind products designed with your pet in mind. pet

kisskiss goodnight: Kiss Kiss Goodnight is on a mission to help little ones with sensitive skin develop healthy, resilient skin with our microbiome-friendly skincare. baby

Kittio is a cat-first brand that focuses on research and design to create toys that meaningfully reduce the amount of boredom experienced by cats. pet

KnoNap works to inclusively empower, educate, and advocate against drink spiking. Knope is a discreet, portable, gender-inclusive empowerment tool against drug facilitated sexual assault and crime; Say Knope to Drink Spiking. hardlines

KPOP Foods is an outgoing Korean food brand with a line of chef-crafted sauces and premium roasted seaweed snacks. The company started in 2017 and was acquired at the end of 2021 by Wooltari USA, an importer of premium Korean food products. food & beverage

The Lab Drawer infuses art and creativity into every experiment, allowing students to develop creative problem solving skills while becoming educated in STEM fields. hardlines

Le MONADE is a Baltimore based beverage boutique; crafting up ambrosial artisanal drink mixers, the quintessential collection to mix up amazing herbaceous, perfectly blended DIY beverages, cocktails and more. food & beverage

Let’s Plate! provides plant-based, ready-to-eat DIY combination lunch meals to young school age children, fulfilling busy millennial parents’ increasing need for healthy, convenient lunch options for their children. food & beverage

Look Good, Live Well is a body positive space for individuals to celebrate our innate healing capabilities, and yes … the occasional breakout. The result – healthy, happy, skin! beauty

Luxurious Peace is an inclusively designed ecofriendly wellness brand created to elevate and celebrate people with skin issues and disorders through the use of clean beauty and plant based products. personal care

MABÏ is a modern & healthier take on this Caribbean classic. A combination of that nostalgic and refreshing flavor with other delightful and healthy spices and herbs that give a complex, special character and elevation to this drink. A bottle of MABÏ is filled with natural ingredients only that will make your body and spirit feel good. food & beverage

Mahtzee creates chocolate matzah toffee, a traditional Jewish dessert and snack comprised of layers of matzah, non-sticky toffee, chocolate, and various toppings.

MATTIAS is a men’s makeup company committed to providing you with the best possible products, without cutting corners. Bringing you performance ingredient-loaded formulas, free of fillers. Demand better. beauty

Melanin is is an ethnic-focused skincare brand that addresses common skin concerns present in the community of color. We provide toxin-free and organic products that scientifically improve dark marks, discoloration, skin dehydration, and more. Melanin is products empowers people of color to become confident in their beautiful, healthy, and glowing melanin skin. beauty

Milksta offers guilt-free, vegan, and decaf lattes designed to help postpartum & breastfeeding mothers naturally boost their breastmilk supply and boost energy through plant-based lactogenic food ingredients. baby

Mosaic is the number one pet industry leading brand for exotic proteins. Mosaic dog treats are hypoallergenic and are free of any common proteins. It’s an exotic brand that focuses on the overall wellness for pets that suffer from food sensitivities. pet

Mirage Waterless: Mirage is a waterless beauty company on a mission to create innovative, water-activated beauty products designed to add a little brightness to your routine while being kind to the planet.

MySimplePetLab is a tech-enabled pet care company that offers simple, flexible & reliable pet testing. pet

Navina makes wine out of functional herbs and botanicals to create Herbal Wine, an age old tradition the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese and Romans practiced.​ food & beverage

Neale’s Sweet N’ Nice Ice Cream is inspired by recipes of Grandpa Charles Neale who sold ice cream by bicycle in Trinidad, Caribbean in the 1940s. In 2015, his family relaunched the company in North America using Grandpa’s secret recipes to create Caribbean-inspired ice cream flavors like Rum&Raisin, Coconut, Guava, Mango, Pineapple. food & beverage

New Breed Meats is a company who believes in the power of healthy food and education to change outcomes and opportunities. food & beverage

Nopalera are Mexican botanicals for bath & body. They take their inspiration from the Nopal for its versatility, resilience, and cultural symbolism. beauty

North 24th Home is a safe, non-toxic, cleaning products that capture the nostalgia and joy of Saturday morning cleaning. household essentials

Nurture from Nature: Nurture from Nature is an all natural sugaring, skin + body care brand catering to every part of personal care with gentle and effective ingredients! personal care

Papa’s Pops is the only skinless popcorn brand on the market. Traditional popcorn can get caught in your teeth or irritate your throat, but with our unique popping process, we remove the skin, also known as the hull, thus avoiding any irritation. We are certified Gluten-Free, Non-GMO and Vegan. food & beverage

Party Card Mash Up is your next favorite party card brand! Party Card Mash Up takes classic playing card games and “mashes them up” with more card games and new party elements to create a whole new party card game experience.

PAWKET TREATS is a portable, coin-sized dog treats sold in a roll (think lifesavers, only for dogs). Our form-factor is an industry-first, our Treats are full of functional ingredients to support an active lifestyle, and our innovative Dispenser was the most-funded and most-backed “Dog Treat” project in the history of Kickstarter. pet

Pescavore manufactures nutritious, premium, sustainably harvested and resource-smart seafood products. Pescavore tuna jerky is a first of its kind innovation in the US $3.5bn meat snacks market and brings great taste and nutrition to consumers in a convenient and healthy snack. food & beverage

People of Substance: We are a clean and tattoo-friendly skincare brand on a mission to highlight people’s unique substance. personal care

Phreshly produces Better-for-you handcrafted cocktails in a can. food & beverage

PitPat are the experts taking the guesswork out of dog care. Their multidisciplinary team of vets, technologists and dog-lovers are dedicated to improving the lives of all dogs. The activity monitor, weighing bowl and dog food they offer help pet parents balance their dog’s exercise, weight and feeding. pet

POKS Spices is the American home cook to the West African holy trinity of spices; chili pepper, ginger and onion, via award-winning West African Seasonings. food & beverage

PO’UP! Card Game is the first Black collegiate drinking card game that will give you nostalgia and make you PO’ UP (i.e. drink)! hardlines

Ralphie and Alice is a gender-free, affordable, personal care aimed at re-envisioning consumer consciousness and confidence. beauty

Riven makes oral care products using probiotics to help you achieve a healthier mouth. beauty

Route To India is high energy food inspired by Ayurveda to NOURISH YOUR INNER YOGI. Our passion for Ayurveda and good food is rooted in sustainability. Our social initiative is dedicated to the people who grow our food, making sure that they have access to opportunity and education needed to grow efficiently and sustainably. food & beverage

Rove Biodegradable Paper Soapsheets are papers that disappear into hand soap with water. Our reusable, pocket-sized container of 50 aromatically sudsy sheets are perfect for travel, road-trips, cookouts and when life gets a little messy! essentials

Sach Foods is America’s Original Organic, Artisanal & Flavored Paneer. Small Batch. Ethically Crafted. food & beverage

Sankofa Snacks is a Mission-Driven brand, producing and sharing creative-authentic snacking experiences that celebrate global black food culture, while supporting and building sustainable local food systems. food & beverage

Seal Shoe Cover’s water-resistant outer shell repels water, mud and snow to keep your shoes clean and dry.

Seeds of Paper creates Biodegradable greeting cards that can be planted to grow into wildflowers! stationary

SIPPIN SNAX Gourmet Bar Snacks is a woman-owned company specializing in gourmet beer, wine and party snacks based on flavor popping, authentic flavors. Made to accentuate, innovate and energize established styles of craft beer, wine and cocktails offering the consumer Authentic pairings for at-home or on-the-go enjoyment. food & beverage

Smitten makes beautiful nail art. We create hand-painted & Semi-cured nail polish strips for instantly fun nails! beauty

SOMOS Foods is delicious, convenient and BFY Mexican Food whose three founders grew up in Mexico eating chilaquiles, cooking tacos, and loving our mom’s home cooking. We combined our Mexican heritage and our years of experience in the food community to create ready-to-eat foods that honor Mexico’s rich culinary traditions.  food & beverage

Splattmat Just for Kids is an Arts & crafts company a Childhood Development resource and honestly a Parent Resource and an additional tool that just about every parent with a child of almost any age can utilize. baby

Sweat Cosmetics is the only athleisure beauty brand creating high performance, foundational products at an accessible price point, keeping beauty routines simple so women can focus on their daily hustle. 

Sugardoh is a relaxed body hair care company on a mission to make compostable sugaring paste your favorite at-home hair removal method. beauty

SYDPLAYEAT makes black truffle hot sauces and seasoning salts made with clean ingredients. SYDSAUCE is available in three heat levels and made with real black truffles and organic olive oil for a complex flavor. SYDSALT is a truffle explosion, packed with intense umami flavor and a hint of heat. food & beverage

Tend is the world’s first and only prenatal bar, packing every pregnancy-essential nutrient into one convenient, tasty treat made 100% from real foods. baby

The Adventurous Bartender is a functional novelty gift created to take the guesswork out of mixing cocktails at home is here! hardlines

TheBraidReleaser is a tool that acts as an aid to maintain healthy hair. The benefit would be providing a pain-free, time efficient experience. personal care 

The Got Damn Sauce is a Boutique Sauce company started by Howard Alums who wanted to take the sauce world by storm. With so many flavor profiles we have been called the Bauce of All Sauces and we mean it! The Got Damn Sauce, the name says it all! food & beverage

TINGE: the body beauty brand reimagining beauty inclusive of the body. beauty

Treat Collective is passionate about helping pets live better, longer and happier lives and it all starts with the best ingredients and utilizing Superfoods to power your dog’s health! pet

True Scoops makes shelf stable ice cream and topping mixes. The best part is no ice cream maker is required. Just add half & half, whisk, churn or blend and freeze. Its that simple!!! food & beverage

Vamigas is an ethically sourced, clean, fragrance-free, and affordable beauty brand, created from Latin American botanicals that have been used for centuries by people from Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Perú, Argentina & more. Their mission is to create a space for Latinas in clean beauty and wellness and educate everyone about the cultural context and power of Latin American botanicals. beauty

Wilder Harrier provides healthy nourishment for pets while aiming to have a positive impact on our planet through the use of novel proteins—such as insects and seaweed—which have the potential to significantly reduce our industry’s carbon footprint and offer a beneficial alternative to traditional ingredients used in pet food. pet

4MAS Grooming Inc. is an online retail store that sells our branded beauty and barber supplies, tools, and equipment. They are well known for their patented product named CutBrush, a motorized clipper and brush combined all into one. personal care

50Hertz Sichuan Pepper makes Sichuan pepper accessible and relatable to American palates. Not spicy, its citrusy aroma and delightful tingling numbing sensation will strike a chord with world foodies. Our name 50Hertz comes from a peer-reviewed scientific paper that concludes the sensation is at a 50 Hz frequency. food & beverage

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