#FemaleFounder Series: Julie Sygiel of Dear Kate

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Ever wanted go-to “period panties”? Julie Sygiel found the solution with her company Dear Kate, which impressively emerged from her college entrepreneur class project. With a unique background in Chemical Engineering and fashion, Julie developed Underlux- a silky-soft wicking and leak-resistant fabric. She caught the entrepreneur bug long before that though, as she was able to sell a shocking 10,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies when she was younger. We look forward to collaborating with the real-women focused brand in the near future! Scroll for our interview with Julie…

Our Top 3 Questions with Julie Sygiel 

Describe your first feeling of success.

The day we launched our Kickstarter campaign in May 2014, our goal was $15,000. We had no idea how much we would raise and that morning we met our goal one hour after launching the campaign. It was a crazy feeling. Isabella went out to buy mimosa ingredients so we could celebrate and we went on to raise $158K in the entire campaign.

What was the best piece of advice you were ever given?

“You can find evidence to support anything that you believe, so might as well believe that you’re amazing.”

What was the most difficult challenge you faced?

There are too many to name! Naming the company was one of the earliest challenges that I struggled with for several years before finding Dear Kate. We went through several names, including Sexy Period, Underbrella, Eulie, Blink, and Sage & Silk.

Share your thoughts on our interview below!

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