Kathryn Dougherty, a former Johnson & Johnson marketing manager, launched her startup Spritz Sparkling Tea this fall based on a concept from her own kitchen and validated by market research.

Dougherty, 32, completed the Women’s Small Business Accelerator’s Inspired Entrepreneur program this year and won best pitch at the Rev1 Ventures Customer Learning Lab. Her new product will be available at Rebol, North High Brewing and other retailers starting in October.

Here’s how Dougherty went from idea to business reality.

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Story excerpt provided by The Columbus Dispatch.

Written by Mary Sterenberg.

Originally published October 23, 2019.