Hangover Hellpers Is Your New Go-To For Hangover Hell
Another night out, another hangover, and another morning of trekking to the store to buy some Advil, your favorite flavor Gatorade, and maybe something to satisfy your intense carb craving. For every morning you wish you could stay in bed and have these products delivered straight to your apartment, wish no longer.
That’s exactly what senior Jordan Yuppa and roommate Pat Norton set out to accomplish. The two entrepreneurs developed the idea for the Hangover Hellper, a package guaranteed to clean up the occasionally hellish aftermath of a night out.
Yuppa and Norton developed the idea over the summer and spent the fall semester narrowing down their brainstorms to find the most practical overall product, focusing on efficient costs for both them and customers. When the duo got a chance to focus on the startup over winter break, they put the final tweaks on the model and Hangover Hellpers was born.
“Each of the items we include in our packs has come from a compiled list of our own favorite remedies to combat hangovers that we’ve used ourselves in the past,” Yuppa explained.
Yuppa and Norton designed two options for customers to choose between based on the severity of their hangover. Yuppa described the less intense of the two packs, the “Rally Cap,” as a pick-me-up for those who are definitely still feeling it from the night before, but with a little help can rally and be somewhat productive. The Rally Cap pack includes ginger ale or water, Advil, Alka-Seltzer, a vitamin pack, and a granola bar.
For those times you wake up and swear you’re never drinking again, Hangover Hellpers offers the “Sunday Silence.” As its name suggests, this pack is the answer to the quiet pleas for assistance that lie underneath the inevitable silence that sweeps over State College on a Sunday morning — a silence that says we couldn’t quite handle our last drink as well as we thought. For those days, the “Sunday Silence” includes Gatorade, Advil, Pepto-Bismol, a vitamin pack, pretzels, and even an individual Nutella cup.
If neither of those is quite enough to get you going the morning after, customers can add a Bagel Crust breakfast sandwich to either option, which will be delivered alongside the pack.
The startup will launch this Friday, which is conveniently (and intentionally) the morning after St. Patrick’s Day. The “Rally Cap” is $6 and the upgraded “Sunday Silence” is $7, but with no delivery fee or order minimum, the price you see is the price you pay.
Customers can place orders on Hangover Hellpers’ website, either on their computer or phone, and can check out using a credit card. Yuppa and Norton hope to have orders delivered in less than 40 minutes during opening weekend.
“We’re trying to make it as easy as possible for people so they’re not fumbling to find cash that they might have spent on drinks or Canyon Pizza the night before,” Yuppa said. “No one needs a headache on top of a headache.”
In terms of future business plans, Yuppa and Norton have discussed bringing on paid employees later in the semester, depending on how well the business runs in its opening weeks. The two plan to use to the remainder of the spring semester to gauge business activity, and during the summer Hangover Hellpers will shut down to analyze success and implement changes for fall 2016.
“We both have great jobs waiting for us upon graduation, so for the remainder of the semester we will be exploring options for talented candidates to work alongside us while we’re still here in order to learn the business to the point where we feel they’re capable of managing it when we’re not around in the fall,” Yuppa said.
Though they won’t be able to run Hangover Hellpers completely post-grad, both guys are from New Jersey, and Yuppa expects they would be able to come back on weekends and ensure everything is running smoothly.
Building a business is certainly daunting, but for Yuppa, taking on tasks one at a time is the key to dealing with pressure.
“It’s all about problem solving,” he said. “If you solve one problem then you can move on to the next and the next and when you solve enough problems, before you know it you have something pretty solid to work off of and keep the momentum going.”
Hangover Hellpers will be open to make your Fridays a little easier from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. and your Saturdays and Sundays a little less hellish from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“We’ve really enjoyed building this business and watching it grow, you get a real sense of satisfaction when it all comes together,” Yuppa said. “And of course we have a lot of people who have helped us along the way in one way or another that we have to thank for that.”