(CBS)–Have you ever had an idea for a product, but weren’t sure how to actually get it made?
Some Georgetown student athletes were in that very situation and are now well on their way to being full-fledged businessmen.
QB Kyle Nolan and two of his targets, wide receivers Jake DeCicco and Harry Grol speak the same language of business.
“It’s refreshing to be able have honest conversation with someone. We practice it on the field and off the field…to get honest feedback from your teammates is very helpful,” said Grol.
The connection the teammates have goes beyond the football field. It involves your favorite morning drink: Coffee.
“I’m the COO. I kind of direct and work with these guys on a direct basis. Jordan heads prouduction team with Kyle and Harry and I are head of sales,” said DeCicco.
The teammates’ company is called Sunniva Caffe, a high-energy coffee drink. Jake’s brother, Jordan, gave birth to the idea.
“Just being a business student at Georgetown, [Jordan] said I think I have an idea for us to make some money,” DeCicco said about his brother’s idea.
Jordan kept falling asleep in class and decided to come up with his own caffeinated concoction to stay awake, although the business partners don’t consider it an energy drink.
“We want our coffee to taste like coffee. Our slogan is ‘less sweet, more natural’. So it’s a coffee drink before everything. It gives an extended energy boost so it’s the best of both worlds,” DeCicco stated.
Sunniva is made of 100% Colombian coffee, is just 110 calories and has 10 grams of protein. The target market for the product is college kids and young professionals.
Georgetown’s entrepreneur initiative, ‘Start Up Hoyas’ helped the trio after the seniors pitched their idea. Now the busy business partners are on the verge of having their super coffee in local stores.
The business partners and teammates spent their summer training for the upcoming season, as well as trying to run their own business.
“It’s all time management. There are very small slots in which to work on each thing,” said Kyle Nolan.
These ‘Hoyapreneurs’ are roommates so they have a lot of time to talk business and football. They admitted that they never thought they’d start a company. Now that they have, they hope it turns into a business you can’t resist.
Sunniva Caffe will be available to buy in about 10 stores come September.