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GrandQvist: Fueling Healthy Journeys


September 2022


Crafting plant-based energy and protein snacks for athletes and health-conscious consumers.

Empowering Active Lifestyles, One Bite at a Time

Eric Fabian Granqvist, a Swedish native and former Indiana Tech student, embarked on his entrepreneurial journey with GrandQvist, a venture rooted in his passion for health and fitness. Drawing from his background in exercise science and fueled by his competitive hockey career, Eric identified the need for nutritious snacks to support active lifestyles. GrandQvist emerged as a response to this need, offering plant-based energy and protein products crafted from whole-food ingredients.

Eric’s dedication to health and wellness is evident in GrandQvist’s product lineup, which includes baked protein muffins and no-bake energy balls. By substituting processed ingredients with wholesome alternatives like dates and date syrup, Eric ensures that his snacks deliver superior nutritional value and promote overall physical health and performance.

Since its inception, GrandQvist has made significant strides in gaining traction and expanding its reach. Eric secured a $2000 prize from the Indiana Tech Innovation Challenge, kickstarting his startup journey. A strategic partnership with Smile More Meal Prep provided invaluable support, granting access to a commercial kitchen space and mentorship opportunities. Notable customers, including the Indiana Tech Hockey team and Parkhurst Dining, have embraced GrandQvist’s products, laying the foundation for future growth.

Looking ahead, Eric envisions GrandQvist becoming a staple in the athletic community, with distribution extending to retail stores, college campuses, and gyms nationwide. With plans to participate in the Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market and leverage social media for marketing, Eric is poised to propel GrandQvist to new heights.

To support his local investment and expand GrandQvist’s presence, Eric plans to utilize the $1,000 grant for Farmer’s Market fees, logo design, and production costs. Additionally, he relies on mentorship from industry experts like Terel Lynn and strategic guidance from advisors like Steve Franks to navigate the entrepreneurial landscape and achieve his vision for GrandQvist’s success.”

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