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Upstate NY Community Helps Launch Enduraphin, Sports Nutrition Startup

Enduraphin founders close pre-seed round of funding to begin production

Enduraphin is an Upstate NY startup founded by Danny Drake and Mike Dalberth, graduates of Cicero North Syracuse 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,” said Drake.

Over the last several years, these student entrepreneurs continued to explore ways to solve this problem, and throughout the process, engulfed themselves in Upstate’s startup community.

Drake, a 2016 Engineering and Management graduate from Clarkson University, and Dalberth first reached out to the Shipley Center for Innovation at Clarkson for assistance. They began developing solutions with mentors at Shipley, and started presenting these solutions across the country.

During their mission to revolutionize on-the-go sports nutrition, I met the duo last year at a startup/investor event at the CNY Biotech Accelerator. We reconnected at the Southern Tier Startup Summit in Binghamton a few months later. A lot had progressed since I first heard the team pitch…including their new office at the Koffman Southern Tier Incubator in Binghamton, and securing pre-seed funding!

Enduraphin raised an undisclosed amount of funding to begin production of its patent-pending product. David Reh (Raytec Group Inc.), led the round, with participation from Tim and Kim Myers (Dick’s Sporting Goods), Ty and Crystal Muse, Frank Meier (Meier Supply Co; Crossfit Sona), Dan Mori (Employment Solutions) and Binghamton University.

The startup plans to utilize its pre-seed funding to develop and produce all-natural Whey Protein products that athletes can easily access post workout. These quality sports nutrition products will be available this fall.

“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,” added Drake.

Drake and Dalberth are currently looking to discuss synergies with local teams, fitness facilities, and universities. Email team@enduraphin.com.

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