Chicago Innovation Judge
Nick Rosa is a Managing Director of Cultivian Sandbox and Co-founder and Managing Director of Sandbox Industries. Prior to founding Sandbox, Nick led the buyout and served as CEO of The NutraSweet Company, the first branded food ingredient. As a senior executive at Monsanto, he led the Nutrition and Consumer Products division, overseeing NutraSweet, the consumer Lawn and Garden Business, and Kelco food ingredients business. Nick also served as a Senior Vice President and Advisor to the Board of Directors at Monsanto. Nick has held senior executive positions at Searle and has experience with Masonite Corporation and Baxter as well as living and working in several countries, including Kuwait, Switzerland and France.
Nick represents Cultivian Sandbox on the board of directors of Nuritas and Geltor. Nick is currently a Board Member of Innovation Chicago. Nick holds a BS in Political Science from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from DePaul University.
Nick has served as an advisor to several companies, such as Oncology Analytics, Marbles: The Brain Store, doggyloot, Lab42 and TechStars Chicago. Nick has also supported numerous civic organizations including Perspectives Charter School, Hull House, Working in the Schools, The Museum of Science and Industry, and Chicago Sister Cities, and commercial organizations including The Economic Club of Chicago, The Mid America Committee, Illinois Business Roundtable, French-American Chamber of Commerce, World Economic Forum and the U.S.-China Business Council.