On December 26, Shark Tank is rerunning its episode from May 16th. Watch the episode in its entirety in the clip above.
Heavy interviewed each of the companies that faced the sharks to learn more about their one-of-a-kind products. We’ve complied five facts on each company and here is an outline of the businesses featured on the show, which was the Season 5 finale.
Learn more about each of the four unique contestants below, in the order of their appearance.
1. Baker’s Edge
A husband-and-wife team makes practical and smart baking pans. They specialize in a brownie pan with a design that maximizes chewy edges.
The Griffins, who hail from Indiana, pitched the sharks on their unique pans. The couple also invented a lasagna pan which prevents the sheets of pasta from caving in. None of the investors were interested in their product, after they asked for $400,000 for 20 percent of their company.
When asked how the company has grown since their appearance, Matt said:
Business hasn’t changed in a Cinderella sort of fashion – but sales have been great. We have enjoyed a 40-50% growth in sales – which is a huge jump for an established brand.
To read the entire interview with Matt Griffin and to learn more about their products, see our article below.
2. Foot Fairy
Back in May, Heavy interviewed Sylvie Shapiro, co-creator of Foot Fairy, an app that accurately measures children’s feet to make shoe buying easy and fun. They asked the sharks for $75,000 for a 15 percent stake in their company.
A podiatrist and mother of two, Shapiro created technology that enables kids to measure their feet using an iPad. Watch the clip above, where Shapiro and her business partner, Nicole Brooks, explain the kid-friendly app and how it connects to Zappos, enabling parents to make easy shoe purchases.
After proving their product to Mark Cuban, he offered them $100,000 for 40 percent of the company. They happily accepted.
To read the full interview with Shapiro and to learn more about the company, see the article below.
Heavy interviewed Scott Smith, one half of the duo behind Tie-Not, which specializes in making tying water balloons much easier. They have a Tie-Knot filler and a stick, which makes tying water balloons simple by attaching to a garden hose. Watch the clip above to see how it’s accomplished.
Smith and his business partner, Wayne Sikorcin, who are both in the plastic mold building business, asked for $125,000 for 10 percent equity. Barbara Corcoran offered them $125,000 for 25 percent of their business in $50,000 cash, $75,000 credit line but the partners declined.
To read Smith’s complete interview and to learn more about the company, see the article below.
4. BZ Box
The BZ Box is a collapsible cardboard storage box.
A college student at Emory University, creator Kaeya Majmundar got the idea after moving a friend out and realized that the boxes they used kept breaking.
The young entrepreneur asked for $50,000 for 20 percent of her company. She was elated when Lori Greiner offered $50,000 for 40 percent of the business.
Upon her graduation in May, Majmundar will continue her business ventures, which have expanded into apparel. In fact, she just organized a Kickstarter campaign for ZipTank, a tote that doubles as a tank top.
To read our full interview with Majmundar and to learn more about the company, see the article below.