Founder Spotlight: Gayatri Karandikar

Gayatri Karandikar: Founder/CEO, Nomm

Tell us a bit about your company

What inspired you to start NOMM?

In my desperation, I resorted to microwaving an RX protein bar since it was my only “no added sugar” option. As the thick and chewy date paste clung to my teeth like extra sticky chewing gum, I couldn’t help but think — there HAS to be another way…I can’t possibly be the only person looking for a healthy, clean treat at 1am. And that’s how the idea for NOMM was born — and oat, date, and cashew-based cookie without any added sugar or oil.

What about your personal background, experience, or perspective fuels your passion for this venture?

What is an obstacle you anticipate grappling with as you continue to build this venture?

Photo Credit: NOMM

What are one or two of the biggest wins or most encouraging experiences you’ve had so far?

She went on to explain that her young daughter, who happened to love baking cookies, had recently (and unexpectedly) been diagnosed with diabetes — it had turned their whole world upside down. She was finally able to find a sweet treat for her baby in the “normal” cookie aisle, versus diabetes-specific products. Her daughter could enjoy a treat off the same grocery shelf as any other kid! This moment is one I will never forget — it showed me the power that healthy food can have in liberation and healing!

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