Co-founders Fabian Raso, MBA’12, Law’13, and Mark Scattolon pitch their business on an episode of Dragons’ Den, which originally aired Nov. 4, 2015.
 Hangry
Fabian Raso
Full-Time MBA
2012

Hangry

Our company, Hangry, is a mobile solution that allows students to order and pre-pay for food on campus using their meal plan or credit card. Students save time by skipping long lines and earn rewards with every purchase. 

Why we started the company: The lineups at Queen’s were so long — especially at Starbucks — I was always late for class. When I didn’t have time for my pre-class latte and bagel, I would get ‘hangry’ (hungry + angry = hangry). I knew there had to be a better way. 

What business problem does your company solve? 
Lineups! Students get out of class at the same time and all flock to the same on-campus lunch spots. Hangry enables students to order in advance, so that their orders are ready when they arrive. Campus food-service operators are able to smooth out these lunch rushes by receiving orders 15 minutes or even an hour in advance. This enables operators to improve the student experience, keep students dining on-campus and ultimately increase sales.

The most fun I’ve had so far was when: We (successfully!) pitched Hangry on Dragons’ Den. Most people don’t know this, but it’s actually a 45 minute rapid-fire Q&A that is cut down to 5 minutes. It’s intense. On the show, we secured a deal with tech entrepreneur Michele Romanow, Joe Fresh founder Joe Mimran and investment expert Mike Wekerle.

When we officially launched at the University of Toronto in November last year, it was really exciting to see that there was so much demand for the service. This coming September, Hangry will be available at more than ten of the top campuses in Canada.

A Smith School of Business connection? 
Hangry was my New Venture Project as part of my MBA studies. There are no official launch plans for Queen’s yet, but it’s certainly a priority since it was the birthplace of Hangry

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