by Kristina Gonzalez
Michael Heyne and Dominik Stein always knew they wanted to start a business. And they did.
Verts started off as two German classmates bonding over the Mediterranean food they missed from home. Their mission was simple: become the culinary leader in fast-casual Mediterranean food by serving chef-inspired pitas, bowls, and salads.
From there, they created a business plan, which led to two restaurants on UT's campus, even selling food from a Smart car, and setting a record for the world’s smallest food truck.
Five years later, they have 26 locations around the United States.
The duo turned their startup into a booming business. They raised $36 million in venture capital backing and $20 million more in private funding. This year alone, they opened up their first locations in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston.
But all of that didn't happen without support from their network and mentors at Otto Beisheim School of Management and The University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business.
That's why Verts is committed to supporting startups in Austin-- they appreciate what it takes to take an idea and turn it into gold. Much like what they did with their Verts.
They’ve been an essential partnership for Team Austin-- providing great food for our events as we teach other entrepreneurs how to start and grow their businesses.
Find them @eatverts or #eatverts.