Sarah Kauss

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Sarah Kauss
Born Jupiter, Florida[1]
Residence Jupiter, Florida[2]
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Colorado Boulder, Harvard Business School
Occupation CEO of S'well

Sarah Kauss is an American businesswoman. She is known as the founder and CEO of S'well, a stainless-steel bottle manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer.[3][4][5][6] Additionally, she is a member of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program.[7]

Early life and education[edit]

Kauss received a bachelor's in accounting from the University of Colorado Boulder.[8] After receiving her bachelor's degree, Kauss worked as a CPA for Ernst & Young in Denver, Colorado and Los Angeles, California.[8][9] Kauss received her MBA from Harvard Business School.[10]


In 2009, Kauss was inspired to create a more upscale and fashionable reusable water bottle, while hiking in Arizona with her mother.[10][11] Kauss founded S'well in 2010.[12] Harvard Business School, S'well's first customer, bought bottles from Kauss to give to incoming students.[8] Kauss partnered with her boyfriend, Jeff Peck, to launch a S'well boutique in December 2012 in Palm Beach on Worth Avenue.[13] In 2014, S'well's customers included Starbucks, Whole Foods Market, J. Crew and Neiman Marcus.[4][14] Fortune included Kauss on its 2014 40 under 40 list.[3] In November 2014, she was selected as a member of the 2014 class of EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women.[15] S'well has partnered with TED conferences and designers from Fashion week.[16] She has been featured in Entrepreneur magazine, Fortune magazine and on CNNMoney, and CNBC.[17] By May 2015, S'well had sold four million water bottles.[18][19] According to Forbes, S'well had over $100M in sales in 2016.[20] She also created an additional product line, S'ip by S'well.[21]

In 2016, S'well was listed first on the Women President's Organization list of fifty fastest-growing women-owned businesses.[22] In 2016, Kauss was named number 49 on the Business Insider 100 list, The Creators.[23][24] She was also recognized on Inc.'s "Most Impressive Women Entrepreneurs of 2016" list.[25] In 2018, Kauss was named one of Aspen Institute's Henry Crown Fellows. The fellowship trains entrepreneurs to build a better society by tackling world problems.[26]


From 2010 to 2014, Kauss donated a portion of her company's profits to WaterAid, an organization that helps people without clean water sources.[5] The company partners with organizations such as American Forest, Drink Up, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer and No Shave November.[27] In 2015, her company donated $100,000 to UNICEF and partnered with its Tap Project to provide children with clean water.[28] Kauss is a mentor for the U.S. Department of State Global Women's Mentoring Partnership.[29]


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  2. ^ Tindera, Michela. "From A 'Friends' Star To A Microneedling Founder: Four Women Entrepreneurs To Watch In 2017". Forbes.
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  4. ^ a b Daniel Roberts (October 27, 2014). "S'well Founder Sarah Kauss on Starting Up and Being a Female Entrepreneur". Retrieved March 13, 2015.
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  7. ^ "Want to Quit? Overcome Your Fear of Failure". March 15, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c "How S'well swelled". October 9, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  9. ^ "S'well CEO's best advice for changing careers". Fortune. April 18, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Making Eco-Friendly Eco-Chic – Sarah Kauss, CEO at S'Well Bottle". January 6, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  11. ^ "How keeping a journal can help with productivity". Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  12. ^ "S'well founder Sarah Kauss on being a female entrepreneur". October 27, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  13. ^ "What a 'S'well' idea: Stylish bottles benefit WaterAid". Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  14. ^ "S'well's founder is more than her gender". October 27, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  15. ^ "Sarah Kauss: A thirst for excellence". Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  16. ^ "5 defining moments in the evolution of S'well". March 27, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  17. ^ "Can you bottle success? S'well founder says 'yes'". June 5, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  18. ^ Parija Kavilanz (May 22, 2015). "She's $10M closer to replacing plastic bottles". CNN Money. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  19. ^ "Video: S'well Bottle CEO On Sustainability And Style". June 11, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  20. ^ Sorvino, Chloe. "Why S'well Bottle Founder Sarah Kauss Is One Of America's Most Successful Self-Made Women". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  21. ^ Kobie, Nicole. "How S'well founder Sarah Kauss built her water bottle empire". Forbes.
  22. ^ Adams, Susan (April 21, 2016). "The Fastest-Growing Women-Owned Businesses". Forbes. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  23. ^ Emmie Martin, Tanza Loudenback, Alexa Pipia (June 13, 2016). "Meet the top 100 business visionaries creating value for the world". Business Insider. Retrieved July 22, 2016.
  24. ^ Tanza Loudenback (June 24, 2016). "The Creators". Business Insider. Retrieved July 22, 2016.
  26. ^ Edgemon, Erin. "Birmingham-based Shipt founder named Aspen Institute fellow".
  27. ^ "Show Your Support this Movember with These Charitable Products". Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  28. ^ "Unicef Tap Project launches mobile phone challenge in the US". February 18, 2015. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
  29. ^ Dunn, Laura (April 27, 2015). "Women in Business: Sarah Kauss, CEO & Founder, S'well". The Huffington Post. Retrieved November 29, 2015.