Enduraphin, a startup revolutionizing on-the-go sports nutrition, raised an undisclosed Pre-Seed round of funding to begin production of their patent-pending product. David Reh, a successful business leader, and visionary entrepreneur led the round with participation from Tim & Kim Myers, Ty & Crystal Muse, Frank Meier, Dan Mori, and Binghamton University.
Enduraphin was founded by Danny Drake and Mike Dalberth, both are graduates of Cicero North Syracuse High School. After graduating high school, the pair went off to college and realized a problem in the growing sports nutrition market. It was near impossible to find a product that achieved both quality and convenience in on-the-go sports nutrition. Danny, a 2016 Engineering and Management Grad from Clarkson, and Mike took their problem to the Shipley Center for Innovation at Clarkson University and began developing solutions and presenting across the country. Enduraphin now calls the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator of Binghamton, NY home, and plans to conveniently deliver high-quality sports nutrition products to elite athletes come this fall.
“The Shipley Center allowed us to take a problem we faced, see if it was a problem others faced, and then develop a solution. We worked on marketing, pitched in business plan competitions, attended 3-day startup, and got connected to a patent attorney to file our product,” said Danny Drake, co-founder of Enduraphin.
“The goal of the Shipley Center is to give innovators and entrepreneurs the tools and support they need to make their ideas a reality. We’re excited and proud to be a part of that process for Enduraphin,” said Matt Draper, Interim Vice President for Development & Alumni Relations/Executive Director of the Shipley Center for Innovation.
“In today’s highly competitive athletic landscape, it’s important to properly feed your body after putting it to work. Protein, specifically Whey Protein, has been studied and proven to support athletic recovery when consumed shortly after a workout,” Drake said. “This funding will allow us to develop and produce an all-natural Whey Protein product that athletes can easily access post workout.”
“The funds raised will be deployed throughout Upstate New York to produce the finished product. The finished product will then be distributed to athletic facilities across New York and the Northeast,” said Mike Dalberth, Co-Founder of Enduraphin.
“I’ve been shadowing Danny & Mike for a couple of years. I recognized their potential as a judge at the Business Plan Competition hosted at Clarkson,” said David Reh, the namesake of the Clarkson University School of Business. “They are passionate and have listened to their market on their quest for a better sports nutrition product. They are going to make it Hell or High Water.”
“A very special thanks to David Reh of Raytec Group Inc., Tim & Kim Myers of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Ty & Crystal Muse, Frank Meier of Meier Supply Co and co-owner of Crossfit Sona, Dan Mori of Employment Solutions, and Binghamton University’s Entrepreneurship Office,” said Mike Dalberth.
The company is currently looking to network with local teams, fitness facilities, and universities to discuss synergies. For more information visit www.enduraphin.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Photo Caption: Left to Right: Mike Dalberth and Danny Drake '16]