At 22 years old, Julianne Ponan became the owner and CEO of Creative Nature, a superfood brand. She has suffered from anaphylaxis since she was two2 years old which is why she focused on Creative Nature launching a range of free from foods with good nutrition. Within an 24-month period she had put the company back into profit, raising the brand’s profile and launching new product lines all with only two members of staff.
Julianne has taken Creative Nature from strength to strength, launching the brand into Sainsbury’s, Ocado, over 2,000 Co-op Stores, Asda and TK Maxx. Creative Nature is at the forefront of ‘superfood’ and ‘free from’ innovation, launching completely unique baking mixes that push the boundaries of healthy home-baking.
Julianne is also the youngest winner of Director of the Year at the Toast of Surrey Awards and Young Director of the year in the IOD Awards and was recently voted by the public as The Guardian’s Leader of the Year.
Julianne is also a mentor for Virgin Startup, a keynote speaker and enjoys helping young entrepreneurs achieve their goals with particular focus in the food/retail industry.
This year, Julianne’s company Creative Nature has won Scale up Business of the Year in the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards and fought off fierce competition from over 2000 businesses across the UK to take the title of the FSB Small Business of the Year 2018.
Julianne has recently been on BBC’s Dragons Den, where she slayed dragons but turned down investment. Along with this, Julianne has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Independent, Sky News and has also been a guest judge on Britain’s Next Top Model.
Julianne strives to prove the impossible is possible.
Lessons learnt from slaying dragons to launching into supermarkets with no funding!
Learn the story of how Julianne Ponan has taken her free from food brand Creative Nature at the age of 22 from being in over £56’000 losses, to launching into the big retailers Sainsbury’s, Asda and Ocado.
Julianne will share the challenges she has faced and five key lessons to take away which include how to be resourceful with little resource, how to get creative with marketing, and why the Alex Osterwalder business canvas is a must.
Finally, Julianne will share why the FSB has been a great help as an entrepreneur.