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Saxbys is driven by a singular mission: MAKE LIFE BETTER.

Saxbys is an education company disguised as a coffee company on a mission to Make Life Better by supporting and empowering the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs through experiential learning.

Core Values

The Saxbys team lives by its core values, transparently painted in the walls of our HQ and all striving to serve our company mission: 

Make Life Better.

1. We are a Community, Serving Our Community

2. Embrace being O.D.D. (Outgoing, Detail Oriented and Disciplined)

3. Profit Creates Opportunity

4. Live with Pride, Passion and Purpose

5. Serve Yourself by Serving Others

6. Care Personally and Communicate Openly

Nick Bayer

Founder and CEO, Saxbys

Nick Bayer has always been in the business of bringing people together, whether it’s as one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s "Most Admired CEOs" or as a consummate team captain since Little League. So when he created Saxbys in 2005, Nick never really considered it to be a coffee company — instead, it’s a social impact company fueled by amazing food, beverage and hospitality. Philadelphia-based Saxbys has since grown from one corner cafe to nearly 30 units with a singular mission: 

Make Life Better.

Today, that team spans over 700 members across the Northeast that represent the change-makers of tomorrow. To that point, Bayer introduced Saxbys’ pioneering Experiential Learning Platform® (E.L.P.®) in 2015 in partnership with Drexel University — the nation’s first entirely student-run cafe where students earn full academic credit and wages through a university cooperative education platform. Bayer’s vision for the platform is to embolden the next generation of entrepreneurs, providing undergrad students with tangible experience as a supplement to traditional classroom learning. In eight years, one E.L.P. cafe has blossomed to eighteen, with several more planned to open by the end of 2023.

Nick is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, an adjunct professor at Drexel University and the Executive in Residence at Temple University's Fox School of Business. He serves on the Board of The Franklin Institute, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, the Community College of Philadelphia, Drexel University’s Close School of Entrepreneurship and Drexel’s Steinbright Career Development Center, as well as being a Corporate Council Member for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

In 2017, he was named the "Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce as well as EY’s "Social Entrepreneur of the Year." He resides in Center City Philadelphia with his wife and son. 

Nick Bayer with award


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