Investor Daniel Lubetzky

20-two-yr-previous business people Nick Hamburger and Zack Schreier commenced their first business enterprise in sixth grade, charging college students at their Chicago-place university $3 for some cool Japanese soda pop that they bought for $1.25 until eventually the administration shut them down. Ten several years later, their latest enterprise – a line of healthier, egg white-based mostly chips called Quevos – just secured a approximately $400,000 financial commitment on the ABC Tv actuality display “Shark Tank” from Daniel Lubetzky, who invented Sort Bars.

“I am psyched to assist Nick and Zack fulfill Quevos’ opportunity. They have established a very neat and differentiated item with enormous mainstream attraction, and I really like that they’ve been very best pals and partner business people since childhood,” Lubetzky reported right after announcing the financial commitment on Friday (Jan. 22) on “Shark Tank.”

Hamburger instructed PYMNTS in an interview that Lubetzky agreed to get 10 per cent of the enterprise for about $200,000 income and a $200,000 credit history line, and will also deliver the 22-year-olds with advice.

“We were hoping to make a deal with Daniel since he’s incredibly experienced and prosperous in [the] nutritious-foodstuff area,” Hamburger reported. “We’re heading to be on recurring calls with him to check out in and get his strategic advice, and he also has a full group at his financial investment office that can aid.”

An Thought Born From a Dirty Omelet Pan 

It is a significant move for a enterprise that all started when Schreier, a Kind 1 diabetic, outlined to Hamburger that he favored the crispy, chip-like leftovers that would remain in a pan immediately after he manufactured a balanced egg-white omelet.

“Zack arrived to me at the finish of substantial school and claimed, ‘Hey I make these crispy egg parts and I enjoy them. They are form of like chips. What if we made a snack out of eggs?’” Hamburger recalled. “We both equally instantly observed the promise in that, simply because there truly ended up no substantial-protein, minimal-carb chips [on the market].”

Hamburger explained he and Schreier – who had been friends considering the fact that quality university – often believed they could someday open a business enterprise, so they were always on the
lookout for good solution suggestions.

They picked the identify “Quevos” as a combination of the phrase “quick” and “huevos,” Spanish for “eggs.” The pair then began functioning on a recipe, even as Hamburger went off to the College of Chicago to research philosophy and Schreier attended Williams School to important in economics and philosophy.

The plan kicked into higher gear in 2018, when they attended a 10-week entrepreneurship program and won $15,000 in seed funds by way of the University of Chicago’s Faculty New Venture Challenge.

“At that point, we were hooked,” Hamburger explained.

Two months later, the pair received a place in the Kraft-Heinz Springboard Incubator Software for new customer packaged products, which Hamburger stated “was outrageous, mainly because there had been a few of hundred applicants for 5 places and we have been the only pre-earnings business. We also experienced lifted no revenue, and we had a group of all school kids who experienced no expertise.”

Having Going 

By then, the plan experienced highly developed much sufficient that Hamburger and Schreier resolved to quit university to pursue Quevos complete time.

They commenced promoting chips in autumn of 2018. Some two years later, the treats are readily available at, and at more than 1,000 Total Foods Marketplaces, Wegmans, Vitamin Shoppes and other suppliers, offered in four keto-helpful flavors and two “classic” types.

The chips’ keto-pleasant variations give eight grams of protein and four grams of fiber per bag, with just four grams of net carbs. Quevos is now featuring a $14.99 five-deal “Shark Tank Intro Pack,” even though the chips retail in shops for about $2.49 a deal.

Hamburger said the company, which has 15 production men and women and seven comprehensive-timers or consultants in functions, sells about 75,000 bags per thirty day period, but expects that to temporarily triple from the “Shark Tank” publicity. He forecasts gross sales to ultimately stabilize at about 125,000 baggage for every thirty day period, enabling Quevos to break even by year’s conclude.

The entrepreneurs have raised some $2 million to date by way of developmental grants, angel investments and a $72,000 Kickstarter marketing campaign (donors got free of charge chips relatively than equity).

Hamburger claimed Quevos programs to use Lubetsky’s approximately $400,000 investment decision to seek the services of extra team, which includes somebody to acquire much more retail distribution.

A Five-Calendar year Strategy 

Hamburger and Schreier not long ago figured they’d market the company just after putting in about 5 more decades. But Hamburger said Lubetsky has inspired them to stay longer and produce the enterprise even more. He lately bought Sort Bars to candy huge Mars in a deal that reportedly valued the firm at about $5 billion.

Schreier returned to school immediately after Quevos received production off the floor, but remains on the company’s board. Hamburger serves as CEO and has nevertheless to return to college, but expects to do so one particular working day. He desires to get back again to his primary system of finding out for a job all around meditation or mental overall health, vowing to eventually get a calendar year off to are living at a monastery and meditate. “That’s anything I have generally desired to do,” Hamburger mentioned. “But it really is certainly been pushed off now.”


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