Nick Rosa is co-founder of Sandbox Industries, an investor and incubator. He was previously CEO of NutraSweet and held senior executive positions at Searle and Monsanto.
“You know, there’s a lot to be said for drive and determination and not even seeing the blockade in front of you. So if you don’t even see it, you might actually overcome it,” he told Blue Sky. “There’s more than one way to succeed in business. You can drive straight through the wall; you can pivot around the wall.”
Rosa serves as an adviser to companies including Lab42, Marbles: the Brain Store, E-motion and Excelerate Labs. He has also worked with Masonite Corp. and Baxter. He’s on the advisory board of the Chicago Innovation Awards.
Rosa holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from DePaul University.