This Entrepreneur Who Started Her Kombucha Business in an Apartment With $600 Has a Message for Struggling Entrepreneurs

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This Entrepreneur Who Started Her Kombucha Business in an Apartment With $600 Has a Message for Struggling Entrepreneurs
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Health-Ade kombucha is a fast-growing probiotic drink on the shelves of 10,000 stores across the country, including Whole Foods. It raised $25 million in funding and operates not one, but two plants.

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But five years ago, the company was just one of a slew of ideas brainstormed by three friends uninspired by their day jobs in an entrepreneurship club they’d formed. Kombucha, inexpensive to make and sell at farmers’ markets, was intended as a side hustle to get them started, something that would fund a larger venture.

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This company launched with just $600 but quickly gained traction, taking over co-founder Daina Trout’s apartment until she and her now-husband (and co-founder) were finally evicted.

“Our two-bedroom apartment became a full-on brewery,” says Trout. “There was a bed and then a brewery.”

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In this week’s podcast of How Success Happens, Trout shares Health-Ade’s early days, and how the founders pushed through any number of roadblocks, taking conference calls in her car and bartering with local businesses for brewing space.

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