NEXTGEN GIRLBOSSES ANNOUNCED: Sophia Amoruso’s GirlBoss Foundation announced the first round of recipients for its grant program.

The foundation awards females who have started businesses in the design, fashion, music and other creative industries with grants ranging from $500 to $15,000. They also receive some mentoring from Amoruso herself along with exposure via the foundation and Nasty Gal social media platforms.

The recipients are Deena Drewis of independent publisher Nouvella Books, April Melchior of home décor products maker Urban Works Textiles, Christin Chang of hand-painted silk scarves company Chrisu and Sholayide Otugalu of Josaphine Cosmetics.

Amoruso, the founder and executive chairman of Los Angeles-based retailer Nasty Gal, started the foundation with the aim of helping the next generation of female entrepreneurs. This week Amoruso handed the ceo reigns of the company over to Sheree Waterson, who joined the company last year as president and chief product officer.

The foundation received more than 300 applications and a committee of 12 Nasty Gal employees, including Amoruso, selected the grant recipients. Applications are being accepted through Feb. 28 for the next set of grants. The foundation expects to announce those recipients April 1.

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