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TRANSFORMING BRILLIANT IDEAS INTO BUSINESS

You don’t become an entrepreneur because it’s easy or convenient. You decide to start your own business because you want your life to have a greater purpose, because you are trying to build something bigger than yourself. Orange Wings is a startup accelerator for those promising new businesses. Founded by Shawn Harris, founder and former CEO of Nature’s Pride.

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Shawn knows that on the road to success, sometimes the biggest opportunities are hidden in the smallest details. She sees the bigger picture and helps entrepreneurs develop their ideas into a successful business. Passionate and driven about the business, Shawn uses her knowledge, experience and financial resources to let entrepreneurs grow and develop the company of their dreams. Her clear approach to success allows you to see the bigger picture, and to make the right decisions to reach the top.

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HOW CAN WE GIVE YOU WINGS?

Orange Wings is a startup accelerator for promising new businesses. With knowledge, coaching, and financial resources, we give entrepreneurs a big nudge in the right direction, allowing them to turn into champions.

Orange Wings is not a typical investment company that just pumps money into businesses. We handpick the entrepreneurs and ideas and stay personally connected. We help you believe in yourself, your intuition and vision. Orange Wings guides you to work more productively and creatively. We’ll help you to become unwilling to acknowledge any barriers until your goals are achieved.

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KNOWLEDGE

Success often lies in thinking big and keeping an eye on the smallest details at the same time.

Expertise is essential in today’s competitive business world. Orange Wings supports you to use and develop your knowledge as much as possible. With extensive experience in building successful businesses, Orange Wings can help you become an outstanding entrepreneur based on your own talents, skills, and expertise.

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COACHING

Hard work and pure determination are keys in getting ahead in the game. But a good plan and keeping to it is a major part of being successful.

Nobody said running your own business is easy. We help entrepreneurs that we invest in, to keep their feet on the ground and their head in the clouds. We inspire and motivate to make talent shine and stand out, in order to reach the highest potential and result.

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FINANCIAL RESOURCES

We help ambitious ideas become reality

Orange Wings appreciates powerful, bold plans, with a solid foundation. When we believe in an idea, we provide financial support to make it happen.

We help ambitious ideas become reality

Orange Wings appreciates powerful, bold plans, with a solid foundation. When we believe in an idea, we provide financial support to make it happen.

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Prerequisites that we consider before investing are:

  • Your prior hard work and determination
  • The quality of your business plan
  • Short and long term profitability expectations
  • Your commitment to innovation
  • Sustainability goals (social and environmental impact)
  • The uniqueness of your idea
  • Leadership skills

Not necessarily in that order and maybe your plan does not fit all the requirements (yet). Please contact us if you are convinced that we will believe in your idea.

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BRILLIANT
IDEAS

Sometimes paths cross at the right moment in time… A few of these brilliant ideas have crossed Shawn’s path.

These are a few startups and scaleups that Shawn is taking part in. As a partner, investor, board member, and coach… Each idea has needed a different approach.

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BRILLIANT
IDEAS

Sometimes paths cross at the right moment in time… A few of these brilliant ideas have crossed Shawn’s path.

These are a few startups and scaleups that Shawn is taking part in. As a partner, investor, board member, and coach… Each idea has needed a different approach.

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ABOUT ORANGE WINGS

Orange Wings is a startup accelerator for promising new businesses, founded by Shawn Harris, founder and former CEO of Nature’s Pride. Shawn is passionate and driven about the business. Her clear approach to success allows you to see the bigger picture, and to make the right decisions to reach the top. Nothing escapes her sharp-eyed vision at Orange Wings. She knows that on the road to success, sometimes the biggest opportunities are hidden in the smallest details.

OUR APPROACH

When we invest in a promising startup or scaleup, we do this with devotion, passion, and exceptional perseverance. Our helicopter view enables us to collaborate with the entrepreneur in mapping out the path to success, by recognizing, creating, or taking advantage of opportunities. Everything needs to make sense in a company if it wants to grow and be successful. Seemingly unimportant issues can prove to be incredibly crucial. We support the entrepreneur to focus on the most important issues, while at the same time, keeping an eye on the details.

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS

While it’s important to hustle and look to the future, it’s just as important to allow yourself to live in the moment and take time to give back. That means getting clear on what gives life value. Orange Wings thinks that every human being should be aware of the impact that they make on the environment and others. We are responsible together for leaving this world in a better place and being fair to others. What is your positive and negative impact on the world around you? This should be part of the backbone of any company. The company should reflect your personal values.

SHAWN HARRIS

Shawn Harris, founder and former CEO of Nature’s Pride, founded Orange Wings in 2016 as a startup accelerator for promising businesses. Shawn enjoys the challenge of investing in startups and scaleups, with game changing ideas that have high potential. She likes helping entrepreneurs keep their feet on the ground and their head in the clouds, so that the optimal potential of these companies can be achieved. Hard work is key, but a good plan and keeping to it is also a major part of being successful.

More about Shawn

Shawn Harris, founder and former CEO of Nature’s Pride, founded Orange Wings in 2016 as a startup accelerator for promising businesses. Shawn enjoys the challenge of investing in startups and scaleups, with game changing ideas that have high potential. She likes helping entrepreneurs keep their feet on the ground and their head in the clouds, so that the optimal potential of these companies can be achieved. Hard work is key, but a good plan and keeping to it is also a major part of being successful.

Raised in Wisconsin and studied at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Shawn moved to Holland in 1989 to become a self made entrepreneur. Shawn Harris was decorated to Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau in 2017, her company Nature’s Pride was ranked in the top three in the Hillenraad 100 since 2015 and was finalist as EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008.

ACHIEVEMENTS (Nature’s Pride)

In 2001 Shawn founded Nature’s Pride, importer of unique fruits, vegetables and berries. She was CEO from the start until August 2017. She focused on improving the taste of avocados and mangos by letting the fruits hang on the tree longer for optimal maturity. Nature’s Pride eventually developed the ripening process that is still used today. This way the consumer can buy and eat ripe avocados and mangos every day without a waiting period of up to 6 days after purchase.

With Shawn’s leadership, Nature’s Pride focused on packaging and development of a huge assortment of unique fruits, vegetables and berries from all over the world ...

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In 2001 Shawn founded Nature’s Pride, importer of unique fruits, vegetables and berries. She was CEO from the start until August 2017. She focused on improving the taste of avocados and mangos by letting the fruits hang on the tree longer for optimal maturity. Nature’s Pride eventually developed the ripening process that is still used today. This way the consumer can buy and eat ripe avocados and mangos every day without a waiting period of up to 6 days after purchase.

With Shawn’s leadership, Nature’s Pride focused on packaging and development of a huge assortment of unique fruits, vegetables and berries from all over the world. This was all done with a sustainable, fair approach and determination to improve the growers’ business and their workers’ standard of living. At the same time Nature’s Pride was successful in improving the quality of their fresh produce on the shelf. Spoiling the customer with close to 100% delivery rates in a very tough category and continually increased their market share. This was always a team effort with personnel being central in our success.

There was a constant eye on reducing the CO2 footprint and taking care of the environment. In 2001 turnover was appx 9 million and by 2016 it was 362 million with more than 300 customers in 32 countries and growers in 70 countries. Nature’s Pride has grown 40 times in 15 years, with only organic growth and a great bottom line. The company has been acknowledged as best in its class for several years now.

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