The Cosmetic Victories competition was created in 2015, to promote innovation in the Cosmetic Industry in France. This fund completion puts a spotlight on the SME's and academic scholars of the beauty industry. This opportunity is a great way for entrepreneurs, researchers and project managers with innovative cosmetic projects to showcase their talents. The winners will receive the following;
The Cosmetic Victories competition is sponsored by the Cosmetic Valley-ESSEC endowment fund.
Melani Chong presented a successful presentation at CANN-Talk. Her presentation focused on the opportunities of CBD for the Cosmetic Industry. Melani, has built an extensive career in the fashion and beauty industries over 25 years, she has appeared on the covers and in the pages of top magazines and has walked down international fashion runways. She has also appeared as a guest host and correspondent for FashionTV & ET Canada and has contributed to several Canadian publications as a beauty and health expert. As a model, a certified cosmetic chemist (SCS,SCC) and the founder of a cosmetics company, MC2Industries Inc., Melani is now building an international firm researching and developing innovations in consumer goods, nutricosmetics, amenities, signature fragrances and flavours for an international clientele. MC2Industries Inc. started as a small privately owned micro-manufacturer of cosmetics, beauty, personal care products and fragrance house. MC2 Industries is now a parent company that performs R&D, designs, manufactures and markets innovative brands that include consumer products, C&T, organic and anti aging product lines, fragrances and fragranced products for an international clientele. MC2 is a boutique firm of R&D chemists and scientists who specialize in cosmetics, topicals, formulating and also with pharmaceutical lab practitioners, including cannabis scientists.
Margarita Sidorova, an entrepreneur and innovator, is establishing a Canadian Cosmetic Cluster to unite the Canadian cosmetic industry and to help SME’s develop new cosmetic innovations. Her biggest priority, said Margarita, “is to have more Canadian cosmetic companies go global.”
What is a Cluster? The success of a region within the cosmetics industry is not determined by the success of an individual company, but by the cumulative success of all the companies within that region. The cluster is a triple helix of collaboration between academia, industry, and government. The purpose of the collaboration is to give small and medium-sized companies a chance to gain resources and technological “know-how” to succeed in the industry. Other Cluster benefits Include:
• Increased productivity: easier access to information and resources for product development
• Faster innovation: collaboration in research and development
• New business support and formation
• Access to local resources such as fresh raw materials (mining, agricultural and chemical distributors)
Image 1. Cluster Helix
In October 2018, Margarita attended the 3rd annual Cosmetic Clusters International Rendez-vous. Cosmetics Clusters Rendez-vous is a one-day event for discussions and B2B meetings between international clusters of the entire cosmetic value chain. Cosmetics Clusters Rendez-vous is organized by Cosmetic Valley in partnership with France Clusters and takes place in Paris within the framework of the Cosmetic 360 International Fair. This year it hosted 60 participants from 26 organizations representing 17 countries. Presentations included worldwide cosmetics market trends as well as an international panorama of expertise along the cosmetics value chain.
The CCIN and Cosmetic Valley France are the international beauty cluster founding groups and lead the global industry in cosmetic development and innovation. The partnerships Margarita Sidorova is developing with these organizations can help us to connect Canadian cosmetics companies to the Global cosmetic industry.
The primary activities Margarita is planning to promote her Canadian Cluster for the next year will include:
1. Develop a series of workshops on cosmetic careers, cosmetic business development, and related cosmetic industry topics;
2. Scope the development of a Cosmetic Innovation Center. This center would create a partnership with local academic and industry professionals to help SME’s and students develop innovations in cosmetic formulation and packaging.
3. Work with Quebec International to create the Canadian Cosmetic Pavilion for the Cosmetic 360 Show in 2019. Cosmetic 360 is an international trade fair for innovative ideas and solutions in the fragrance and cosmetics industry. The fifth edition of the show will be held on October 16-17, 2019 at Carrousel du Louvre in Paris.
4. Actively engage in welcoming inbound cosmetic trade missions.
The Canadian Cosmetic Cluster will welcome all Cosmetics Alliance Canada members and will begin Cluster events in January 2019. Stay tuned for more information at www.canadiancosmeticcluster.com
Melani Chong the new Cluster Chair, with Cluster President Margarita Sidorova at Cluster Rendez-Vous at Cosmetic 360 Show in Paris.
“The culture of beauty is a common universal language that we all speak and the beauty business can unite us nationally on a cultural and socially economic front.” – Melani Chong.
We all use personal care products. We all have a beauty culture secret that we can share with one another. The Canadian Cosmetic Cluster announces it’s new Chair, Melani Chong, founder of MC2Industries Inc., a boutique Toronto firm of R&D Chemists and Scientists who specialize in cosmetics, topicals and formulating as well as pharmaceutical lab practitoners of cannabis. The Canadian Cosmetic Cluster was founded in 2017 by Margarita Sidorova/President, to define the industry areas of growth and innovation, to unite the cosmetic industry in Canada and to raise Canadian products awareness globally. The Canadian Cosmetic Cluster serves to unite the Canadian cosmetic industry and to help SME’s develop new cosmetic innovation in the global market.
“Our biggest priority is to have more Canadian Cosmetic Companies go global and to bring new business from abroad to Canada” – Margarita Sidorova.
A Canadian delegation was formed in September 2018, which met in on October 16th, 2018 in Paris,France at the Canadian Embassy to France with International Trade Commissioners, and presented at the Cosmetic Clusters International Meeting to exchange strategies to leverage agricultural, forestry and marine assets for use in the global cosmetic industries. On October 17, 2018, the Canadian Cosmetic Cluster formed an official partnership with the Cosmetic Valley France and the Cosmetic Clusters International Network together with MC2 Industries, presented numerous cosmetic scientific innovations to international research panels such as L’oreal, Puig, JnJ, LVMH and several others at the Cosmetics 360* Paris.
The Canadian Cosmetic Cluster is an optimum opportunity to attract cross-industry biotechnology and cosmetic innovation business to Toronto. Toronto is a centrally located, multi-cultural, growing infrastructure to support development (especially with the Cosmetic Regulation Reform), a fantastic exchange rate for many currencies and many trade agreements such as CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement)and CPTPP (Comprehensive And Progressive Agreement For Trans-pacific Partnership. MC2 Industries and the Canadian Cosmetic Cluster work in partnership with the Cosmetic Valley France, Quebec International, World Trade Centre Toronto as members of the Trade Acceleration Program, Canadian and Toronto Trade Commissioners Service and several charitable programs.
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