Today we’d like to introduce you to Freddy Bunkers, an incredibly inspiring young entrepreneur that we are sure you’ll be hearing much more about in the coming years.
Hi Freddy, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I came up for the idea of HyperGo when I was 14 after a club volleyball tournament. I was sick of sitting in my sweat on the car ride home after 8 hours of volleyball. This was also during the beginning of puberty so sweat was definitely an issue. Let’s not even talk about the smell in the car on the ride home with my teammates… I also had braces at the time and I made a pack to myself, “Freddy, you can’t have braces and acne,” and since I couldn’t do anything about the braces, I had to do anything to get rid of the acne–starting with the sweat.
Coming from an entrepreneurial household, I always knew I wanted to start a business. It was amazing to watch my mom grow her company while dealing with six kids. Yes, I do have five siblings—there’s a lot of us. Seeing as I always wanted to start a business, I just waited until I had the perfect product idea to give in to my entrepreneurial aspirations. In comes…the after workout wipe. I knew I needed to get the sweat off my face and body immediately to get rid of the dirt and smell, so I thought, “why not a wipe?.” Of course, I tried the products that were already out there…baby wipes, wet paper towels, to no avail. After all, I was a teenage boy, not a baby.
I immediately started researching how to get this product made. My mom was an invaluable resource in searching for factories and chemists to create the perfect “After workout wipe,” although it really is just the “perfect wipe” because it’s basically the best accessory to any sort of active lifestyle.
I tested well over 100 different types of wipes until I landed on what I wanted. A wipe big enough to wipe your whole body, all natural ingredients, no stickiness, and a refreshing after feeling.
Lucky for me, I created a product that truly resonated with people. Within the first week of being listed on amazon, we had product sales. Within the first couple of months, we had shipped to a customer in every state. This truly was a rewarding process to be able to help out others with the same issues as I was dealing with.
Now, HyperGo is available on almost every major grocery and drug store online including Amazon, Walmart, GNC, Kroger, Ralphs, QFC, Fred Meyers, and many more.
I am so excited to see where HyperGO goes next!
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road. With every venture, there are ups and downs, but luckily with HyperGo there have been a lot more ups so far.
Our biggest challenge came with the onset of the COVID Pandemic. We were immediately crushed with the slow down in wipe production. At the time, we were developing our new lavender wipe (coming Jan 2022), but our factory informed us that delivery would take nine months to product our wipes instead of the usual 1-2. It turns out that the same substrate used to produce our wipes is also used in the production of masks. Lucky for us, however, we had just restocked our other scents (Unscented and Mint), so we had enough inventory to last us through the end of the elongated production cycle.
However, we were not so lucky with the onset of Amazon inventory restriction on replenishing inventory. At the height of the pandemic, Amazon restricted all non-covid related products to be shipped into their warehouses into order to be more efficient in the delivery of covid related products. We had lots of products to sell (and lots of customers to purchase), but we could not get enough product shipped in on time to keep up with the demand.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about HyperGo?
HyperGo Full Body Wipes are wipes that anyone can use anytime, anywhere, for anything. Whether you are a professional athlete, fitness enthusiast, digital athlete, avid hiker, or simply someone that could use a freshness boost after a long flight, HyperGo wipes are a perfect accessory to your life. Our 12” x 12” wipes are the perfect size for any occasion, providing A Square Foot of Clean™ with each wipe. These are wipes are an essential for your life and trust us, you’ll want to stash a wipe in your car, your purse, your kid’s backpack, and your desk at work because you’ll never know when a wipe will come in handy.
One of our biggest selling points is our immense size. With HyperGo, you truly only need one wipe to go from sweaty to refreshed. We call it a square foot of clean. We also use our proprietary blend of ingredients called EcoNourish™, which combines all natural, healthy ingredients like Aloe, Vitamin E, Oatmeal, and Honey to clean, nourish, and moisturize your skin. Our wipes are built with 100% biodegradable vegetable fibers that decompose, reducing the impact on our environment. We use a unique embossing technique to manufacture our wipes that makes them ultra soft and durable, providing the best possible full body clean for your busy life.
I am most proud of how we are making life easier for people all over the world. While it may sound simple, just wiping down and getting refreshed on the go can add so much more time to your day. HyperGo lets you finish those errands and get a workout in.
I want readers to know that HyperGo is for EVERYONE. Everyone sweats, everyone gets a little stinky sometimes (yes, those plane rides can get funky). HyperGo is perfect for camping, busy moms, world travelers, athletes, EVERY SINGLE PERSON.
Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Be willing to talk to anyone and everyone. UNABASHEDLY. You never know who you could be meet that either you could help or who could help you.
During the beginning days of HyperGo, I did a bunch of pop up booths outside grocery stores and pharmacies and met so many cool people.
Sharing your story is so important because it is how you connect with people.
- 14.95 for 1- 20 Count Pack of Wipes
- Email: freddy@hypergo/com
- Website: www.hypergo.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/hypergowipes
- Facebook: facebook.com/hypergowipes
- Twitter: twitter.com/hypergowipes