Entrepreneurs Cause a Feeding Frenzy on “Shark Tank”
Would you be ready to “swim with the sharks” to help your business? The contestants of ABC’s “Shark Tank” pitch their business deals and dreams to a few of the most well-known wheeler-dealer investors, otherwise known as “the sharks.” To gain favor with these sharks, the “little fish” must persuasively present their success story and vision with facts, ingenuity and a killer business model. These brave entrepreneurs have a short time to pitch their breakthrough business concepts, products or services to these potential investors. The investors either pass on the chance or the entrepreneur may find themselves pondering over several offers for a percentage of their company, in exchange for the money, expertise and connections needed to move their business to the next level.
Since the children’s business is built on the entrepreneurial spirit, it is no surprise that the Tank often plays host to entrepreneurs with the “next big deal” in kiddie products. Four savvy children’s product inventors, who made their pitch on “Shark Tank,” impressed the investors enough that they had multiple offers to consider. Ride-On Carry-On, Mod Mom Furniture, Coverplay and Soy-Yer Dough are now backed with capital to make significant strides in the marketplace.
Ride-On Carry-On Makes the Connection
Ride-On Carry-On is the solution. Inventors Darryl Lenz, a flight attendant, and her husband Randy designed this chair that converts a rolling carry-on bag to a stroller. The Ride-On Carry-On is created to fit all 18-22-inch carry-on baggage. The chair slides over the luggage handle so a parent can roll the bag and child easily through the airport maze. The Ride-On Carry-On accommodates children from 8 months to 50 pounds; the headrest doubles as a tray table and everything folds flat for storage in the overhead bins.
For more information on Ride-On Carry-On, travel to www.rideoncarryon.com
Mod Mom Furniture Thinks Out of the Box
Kiersten’s original designs featuring easy lift-off lids that are placed back like a puzzle were a big hit. Covered in sawdust most days, she just was not able to keep up with the demand. With the backing of a “Shark Tank” investor, she was able to partner with an Amish furniture manufacturer in Ohio, her home state.
Mod Mom Furniture has expanded from toy boxes to include table and stool sets as well as storage boxes. Mod Mom eco-friendly furniture plans to extend its collection to include beds, dressers and rocking chairs.
For more information or to contact Kiersten, visit www.modmomfurniture.com
Coverplay Decorates and Protects Play Yards
The slipcovers are also great when traveling and when having to use hotel or loaned portable pens. The slipcovers protect baby from germs that can infest play yards. Allison soon teamed up with her good friend and designer Amy Feldman and enjoyed business-building exposure on “Shark Tank.”
The pediatrician recommended slipcovers are machine washable and come with a matching tote for easy portability and storage. Coverplay proudly supplies several hotel chains, including Hilton, Hyatt, Club Med, Embassy Suites, Doubletree, and more. Coverplay slipcovers are an excellent option for daycare centers.
Allison and Amy are always scoping out innovative fashion finds that keep Coverplay designs fresh. For more information, visit www.coverplayard.com
Soy-Yer Dough’s Sweet Smell of Success
Now, with Soy-Yer Dough, all children can experience the benefits of handling a modeling compound that is gluten free, non-toxic, and fun scented. Soy-Yer Dough is available in 12 colors and scents.
Sawyer Sparks developed Soy-Yer Dough when he was a freshman in college. The dough was cooked, packaged and shipped from the kitchen of his parent’s house. Sawyer’s Soy-Yer Dough was featured in the New York Times as one of the most innovative ideas created by college students. Sawyer’s big break came when he was able to pitch his product idea to the investors on “Shark Tank,” He walked away with a deal. After “Shark Tank,” and with the help of his family and community, he was able to move his business to BioGreen, a manufacturing facility in his hometown of Bloomfield, Indiana.
Soy-Yer dough continues to thrive and develop new products. For wholesale information, visit www.soy-yer.com