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  • 1. ‘ A New Way to Work’ Competition Official Submission Taking Business “Back to the Roots”
  • 2. Company Overview BTTR Ventures was founded in early 2009 to convert one of the largest waste streams in America, the tons of coffee grounds generated daily, into highly-demanded, nutritious, and valuable gourmet mushrooms. Mission: To be a company that stands for sustainability, progress, and social responsibility. Staff 16 Employees 2 full-time founders 3 part-time BD associates 2 part time operations managers 2 part time PR Assistant 5 part time sales associates 2 pro-bono Legal Staff
    • Location
    • Established in Berkeley, CA
    • Growing Facility in Emeryville
    Company Overview | Employee Testimonials | Press Coverage | Conclusion
  • 3. It all started from an old bucket, a few mushrooms and an empty warehouse in Oakland. Company Overview | Employee Testimonials | Press Coverage | Conclusion Company Overview: History
  • 4. BTTR Ventures is proud of its supply chain and production process. Sustainability isn’t just a side marketing element for us - it is our business. We’re passionate about our closed-loop, zero-waste system. Company Overview: Supply Chain Company Overview | Employee Testimonials | Press Coverage | Conclusion
  • 5.
    • Gives customers the opportunity to harvest a feast of BTTR Oysters in their own kitchen
    • Mushrooms start growing 7-10 days after
    • the consumer opens the bag
    • Currently in Farmers Markets
    • Planned sale to Whole Foods in end 2009
    Mushrooms BTTR Gourmet Garden Compost
    • Highly demanded, nutritious, oyster mushrooms
    • Grown in rich coffee grounds generated
    • daily from coffee shops in the Bay Area
    • Sold at Whole Foods & Farmer’s Markets
    • Nutrient rich compost generated post-harvest
    • Can be sold to home improvement stores
    • Currently sampled by Berkeley nurseries
    BTTR Ventures’ products are grown from 100% recycled coffee ground waste from Peet’s. We use their grounds as the substrate to grow gourmet mushrooms. Our post-harvest compost is donated back to school gardens in the Bay Area and sold to various nurseries. Company Overview: Products Company Overview | Employee Testimonials | Press Coverage | Conclusion
  • 6. BTTR Ventures is currently working on packaging its BTTR Gourmet Garden. This product allows you to fruit your own fresh and tasty mushrooms, in your own kitchen! All mushrooms are grown from 100% coffee ground waste. Oyster Mushrooms & To Be Compost BTTR Gourmet Garden fruiting at home Company Overview: Products Company Overview | Employee Testimonials | Press Coverage | Conclusion SF Chronicle Reviews the BTTR Gourmet Garden
  • 7. The Warehouse – the heart of our operations and home of all product development. “ The Warehouse” Company Overview: Warehouse Company Overview | Employee Testimonials | Press Coverage | Conclusion
  • 8. BTTR Ventures is run by an enthusiastic group of young entrepreneurs whose desire to create social change and innovation around the world stems from their passion to revolutionize the way business is done -taking it ‘Back to the Roots!’ Company Overview: Employees “ For me, working to realize the BTTR Ventures vision is not just about developing a well-functioning business; it is about spreading the idea that companies should stand for social progress through profitability. While charitable organizations are essential to solving environmental and social problems, companies should establish profitable business models that address such issues in order to effect change on a larger scale. The innovative way of thinking that has propelled BTTR Ventures to its current success is what I work for and why I chose to devote my time to this crucial cause.” Greg Lazar, Associate Company Overview | Employee Testimonials | Press Coverage | Conclusion
  • 9. BTTR Ventures is run by an enthusiastic group of young entrepreneurs, whose desire to create social change and innovation around the world stems from their passion to revolutionize the way business is done. Taking it ‘Back to the Roots!’ Company Overview: Employees “ You can have a successful business by doing good! (And that is why we work so hard at BTTR Ventures). It is gratifying to be surrounded by a team that share the same passion for this project as I do; we value sustainability, social responsibility, and innovation, and the founders make sure that these fundamentals are embedded in all our endeavors, which are now at the core of BTTR's culture. As a student coming out of one of the most prominent business school in the world I chose a different route than my peers, I could have the chance to work at almost any successful fortune 500 company, however, during the journey for choosing a work place all I could think of was which of these companies stand for what I believe, and through which one can I actually make a sustainable, yet positive, difference in the life of other people - and BTTR Ventures is my answer for these questions.” Rodrigo Lemes, Director of Business Development Company Overview | Employee Testimonials | Press Coverage | Conclusion
  • 10. BTTR Ventures is run by an enthusiastic group of young entrepreneurs, whose desire to create social change and innovation around the world stems from their passion to revolutionize the way business is done. Taking it ‘Back to the Roots!’ Company Overview: Employees “ I joined this company because working at BTTR Ventures is like no other opportunity out there, from the exhilarating atmosphere of a fast-paced start-up, to feeling empowered and having the ability to create social change in the world around me. All of the competitions and opportunities to obtain grants in the past few weeks have brought about considerable excitement, opening new possibilities for making our vision and dream of expanding this project a tangible reality. Knowing that our operation is progressive, responsible, and resourceful makes me proud to be part of such a special organization, and is what fuels my dedication to pursue our cause. To win this competition would be to mark the start of a new phase for this company, and would open the door to social innovation all across urban centers in America!” Darshan Prasad, Director of Marketing Company Overview | Employee Testimonials | Press Coverage | Conclusion
  • 11. BTTR Ventures is run by an enthusiastic group of young entrepreneurs, whose desire to create social change and innovation around the world stems from their passion to revolutionize the way business is done. Taking it ‘Back to the Roots!’ Company Overview: Employees “ I chose to become a part of the company because I believed in its ideals and mission to help create sustainable products and help the community at the same time. Being a part of the product development team from the time products are simply ideas to when we start selling and distributing has been both very educating and extremely rewarding. It’s exciting to be out pitching our company and see the positive reactions we get from people, because what we do at BTTR is truly innovative and awesome! Also seeing all the press we receive from around the world and the support for leaders in our community is awesome. It definitely shows that what we are doing at BTTR Ventures is having a positive impact, and that it needs to grow and spread to other urban centers around the country. Together we can change the way people think about coffee waste and mushrooms and more generally about sustainability and being socially conscious in business!” Neel Iyer, Associate Company Overview | Employee Testimonials | Press Coverage | Conclusion
  • 12. BTTR Ventures, the only US project, was selected as a top 3 most socially innovative company in the world out of 1500 applicants in the BBC/Newsweek “World Challenge” competition. Press Coverage: Media Company Overview | Employee Testimonials | Press Coverage | Conclusion All images hyperlinked to content
  • 13. BTTR Ventures has received numerous critiques from famous chefs and restaurants in the Bay Area, including a testimonial from KCBS Food and Wine Editor Narsai David. Press Coverage: Testimonials “ What Nikhil and Alex are proving is that the up-and-coming youth are becoming extremely conscious of their environment and I’m thrilled to be working with them on expanding their vision even further!” - Alice Waters, Founder Chez Panisse Company Overview | Employee Testimonials | Press Coverage | Conclusion “ I had the pleasure of cooking the BTTR Oysters, and let me tell you, they were delicious! I wish them all the best with their venture and look forward to staying in touch and continuing to cook with all of their mushrooms.” -- Narsai David, KCBS "Alex and Nikhil - Your vision for BTTR Ventures has become a powerful and creative force for social innovation. I know you two will succeed in your endeavors." - Robert J. Birgeneau Chancellor, UC Berkeley
  • 14. Thank you for reviewing our application! Conclusion Company Overview | Employee Testimonials | Press Coverage | Conclusion Here at BTTR Ventures, we’re committed to changing the way business is done. Join the movement and show your support at: www.bttrventures.com Thank you!!