A young lacrosse player named Rachel Zietz saw a problem with how expensive all the equipment needed for her sport of lacrosse was. Rachel also had a problem with the often-low quality gotten for these very highly priced products. Rachel realized that she how much passion she had for this problem, and this drove her into deciding to try and make her own company. This company would sell different pieces, of more durable, lacrosse gear for lower prices. After mending her idea for this company, she took it to investors who loved it awarded her with $2,700 of start-up money! This is where, only thirteen year old, Rachel Zeitz’s company, by the name of Gladiator Lacrosse, was born.
In Gladiator Lacrosse’s first year it was able to make $200,000 in sales. Then, only a year later, their sales spiked up to $1 million in revenue. Two years ago, at the age of only fifteen, Rachel was awarded with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Entrepreneur Award.
I find it awesome how simply this business was started. It started with Rachel seeing a problem and thinking about it. Then because of the passion that she realized that she possessed for this problem she decided to make a company that would solve it. After winning some “start-up money” Rachel was then able to make her dream a reality. The story of how this business got started shows that you don’t need a crazy “world changing” idea to start a business. Solving even a very, seemingly, small problem can also make a very successful business.