Loreal Brandstorm 2019 Gives WIN to team Into Your Genes

INTO YOUR GENES (L'Oreal Brandstorm Champion) with Thibault De Saint Victor and Tina Ampil
Into Your Genes got a big win and was victorious L’Oréal Brandstorm’s 2019 Philippine National Finals last April 25th, 2019, at Whitespace Manila, Makati City. As this year’s winners, Into Your Genes will get the chance to fly to Paris, France, and be mentored by L’Oréal experts at Station F. The winners of the world finals will have the opportunity to develop a prototype of their project as a brand under the L’Oréal Active Cosmetics Division.

Loreal Brandstorm 2019

Here we have Ms. Supriyah Singh and Mr. Thivault De Saint Victor, General Manager of consumer products and Country Managing Director for L'Oreal.

Loreal Brandstorm 2019
For the last 27 years, L’Oréal’s Brandstorm has put business students through real-life situations to reveal skills that are daring, tenacious, innovative, and entrepreneurial in spirit. The competition has launched the careers of countless men and women worldwide who were given the chance to explore every aspect of L’Oréal’s company culture as a globally-loved brand.

The Into Your Genes Project 

Into Your Genes prevailed as the Brandstorm 2019 Champions. The team is comprised of UP Diliman Business Administration students Annika Bautista, Martin Cruz, and Guia Peralta.
INTO YOUR GENES (L'Oreal Brandstorm Champion)

“It’s just surreal,” shares Annika Bautista. “We’ve been working for the last few months to get to this point. It feels like an entire journey was encapsulated in that one moment when we were announced as champions.”
Together, this group of friends developed a skin patch called In Skin. The patch is an answer to issues such as acne and dry skin and works by directly stimulating the user’s DNA. In Skin is directly applied to the skin and can be worn all throughout the day.
“There are so many factors inside your body that can actually create the problems you feel now,” says Guia Peralta. “Our solution taps into that and brings out the best in you by healing you from within.”
National Finals Jury
Over the course of six months, the team worked tirelessly on their Brandstorm pitch. The hard work and sacrifice paid off: Into Your Gene’s pitch impressed the L’Oréal jury panel, which included Thibault de Saint Victor (Country Managing Director), Supriya Singh (General Manager Consumer Products), and Tina Ampil (General Manager Human Resources).
“There were times when it was really a struggle because it felt like we were stuck at a dead end,” says Annika Bautista. Bautista, Peralta, and Cruz are heading to Paris, France, for the Brandstorm Global Finals. The team will compete with regional champions from every corner of the globe at Station F, the biggest start-up campus in the world. There, Into Your Genes will have the chance to work with L’Oréal experts to test the feasibility of In Skin as an actual product under the L’Oréal Active Cosmetics Division.

Brandstorm 2019 National Finals

L’Oréal Brandstorm was first introduced to college-level students in the Philippines in 2009. This year, student teams were asked to create a disruptive innovation for skincare to attract and engage health-conscious consumers online and offline. The top eight teams to make it to the finals included:

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  • BrandBabes (University of the Philippines - Diliman)
  • Into Your Genes (University of the Philippines - Diliman)
  • Brandhurricane (De La Salle University - Manila)
  • Innovature (Enderun College / University of the Philippines - Diliman)
  • Skin Queens (De La Salle University – Manila)
  • RegSteffiJe (University of the Philippines – Diliman)
  • Beauty Fixers (University of the Philippines – Visayas)
  • Teamnovate (De La Salle University – Manila)

Loreal Brandstorm 2019
“We are super excited for the new learning process,” adds Martin Cruz. “One of the things we all agree on is that we really learned a lot. Not just with marketing and business, but also with science. And that’s something I think we need to take with us to Paris: the passion to keep researching to come up with better, more feasible ideas.”

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