Shake Smart

Sells protein shakes, acai bowls, yogurt, sandwiches, and wraps at nine locations.

2018 Inc. 5000 Rank:
# 3481
Leadership:
Kevin Gelfand
2017 Revenue:
$ 3.7 Million
3-Year Growth:
109%
Industry:
Food & Beverage
Location:
San DiegoCA 
Founded:
2011
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Raised:
$1.5 million

Kevin Gelfand and Martin Reiman, both 28, met when they pledged the same fraternity in college, and back then, they didn’t expect to start a company together. But they saw a need for affordable, quick, and healthy foods on college campuses and in 2011, during their junior year, they launched Shake Smart at their school, San Diego State University. "The gym is definitely one of the most popular areas on campus, but the food options never really matched that," Reiman says. "We would exist off [pre-made] protein drinks for most of our time there and most of them are awful--that was never really a great experience." Their San Diego-based startup makes and sells protein shakes, sandwiches, wraps, acai bowls, and cold brew coffee, all for between $3 and $7. Customers use the company’s proprietary self-order system, which keeps hiring costs low and ensures that menu prices fit within the budget of most college students. Last year, the company saw more than $3.6 million in revenue, expanded to 10 restaurants on campuses in California, Texas, and Florida, and employed more than 150 people. The co-founders raised nearly $1.5 million in total funding from friends and family, personal savings, and loans. --Emily Canal

Previous Inc. 5000 Rankings 

2016
#1092

Other Inc. Honors

2018

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