Emerging Brands Pitch Contest

Hosted in Collaboration with the Navigator Lighthouse Foundation

Are you ready to take your brand to the next level? We invite you to participate in the Emerging Brands Pitch Contest, a unique opportunity to showcase your product and gain exposure to major players in the California market.

Eight outstanding companies will be selected to present their brands to influential retailers and Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) companies in California. Each contestant will have five minutes to deliver their best pitch and impress an audience of industry decision-makers. Winners will receive unique prizes and valuable business connections to help you take your brand to new heights.

September 24, 2023, 2:30 – 4:30 pm

Thank you to all of our applicants and congratulations to our selected participants!

Read more about our contestants below.

Lotus Sustainable

Lotus Sustainables was founded by a wife and husband duo team and is the leading provider of innovative and sustainable solutions for grocery shopping. Our flagship product, the Lotus Trolley Bag, has become the best-selling reusable bag on Amazon, offering a convenient and eco-friendly alternative to single-use plastic bags. As a Certified B Corp we use business as a force of good and are committed to reducing plastic waste while empowering individuals to make sustainable choices that protect our planet. 


CHUZA is spicing up the snacking game with a range of spicy snacks including spicy dry mango, nopal, pineapple, cranberry, apricot, strawberry and a standalone chili seasoning. CHUZA is on a mission to authentically share our flavors, culture and flair with the world. From our packaging which takes inspiration in years of Mexican architectural history, to the carefully chosen font-style similar to Mexican shops, CHUZA was made with the culture in mind. All our spices are 100% Mexican, with no added colors or artificial flavors.


The zing brand purpose is to create products that nourish the entire family. Zing’s 100% plant-based nutrition bars are formulated with healthy fats, good-for-you carbs, prebiotic fiber and low-glycemic sugars. Zing makes it a priority to maximize taste-appeal while providing the ideal benefits of improved energy, digestive health, and immune support. The brand’s entire line of bars are plant-based, vegan, soy-free, kosher, certified gluten-free and Non-GMO Project Verified. Zing bars are the only bars in the category to be founded and formulated by Registered Dietitians.


At UNiTE, we believe that wellness is for everyone. We’re a health and nutrition company that’s passionate about creating products that nourish both the body and the soul. Our protein bars are not only delicious and nutritious but also inspired by global flavors and cultures. We invite our community to be a part of our product development process, ensuring that everyone has a seat at the table. With a commitment to quality ingredients and exceeding customer expectations, we’re on a mission to build a bigger wellness table where everyone is welcome. We partner with Convoy of Hope and other food banks to help alleviate hunger in America and abroad.

FUN Sesames

FUN Sesames is the first company to offer a clean line of the #1 Mediterranean sauce- Tahini.


KUL MOCKS is an award-winning craft mocktail brand on a mission to help everyone feel part of the social drinking experience. Social, refreshing and familiar, our mocktails are infused with spirit notes to keep the party going!  Uniquely created with health and wellness in mind, the KUL MOCKS lineup is 0.00% ABV, contains 35-50 calories per can, contains NOTHING artificial, is non-GMO, caffeine free and gluten free. Cutting back is hard, we make it easy! Proudly women-owned and Registered Dietitian created since July of 2020.

Mocktail Club

Mocktail Club is a line of globally inspired zero-proof cocktails with bold flavors and complexity, elevating the zero-proof experience without sacrificing flavor. Mocktail Club products are all natural, non-GMO certified, contain no refined sugars, and deliver prebiotics from apple cider vinegar and contain antioxidants.  Additionally, 1% of our proceeds support clean water access globally.