20 Inventions That Made It Big On Shark Tank
Shark Tank Success Stories
Shark Tank Success Stories
Shark Tank is a television reality show where aspiring entrepreneur-contestants make business presentations to a panel of "shark" investors to get funding. Some make it and become huge successes, while others fade away. Take a look and see which ones made it.


Simple Sugars - Season 4
Simple Sugars - Season 4
18 year old Lani Lazzari promoted her company, Simple Sugars, an all-natural sugar body scrub inspired by her struggle against eczema.

Shark Mark Cuban invested $100,000 for a 33 percent stake of the company.

Since appearing "Simple Sugars" went from getting a thousand orders online in a few months to 10,000 just on the night the episode aired. In 2013, the company made $2.1 million dollars compared in 2012 when it only made $88,000.


Pipsnacks - Season 6
Pipsnacks - Season 6
Brother and sister, Jeff and Jen Martin, founded Pipsnacks, a gourmet popcorn company specializing in a miniature popcorn that doesn't get stuck in your teeth.

Shark, Barbara Corcoran, invested $200,000 for 10% of the company along with 10% of their salary.

After appearing on the show, sales went from $200,000 a year to $1.1 million within three months of finalizing their deal.


Scrub Daddy - Season 4
Scrub Daddy - Season 4
Aaron Krause appeared pitching Scrub Daddy, a multi purpose smiling sponge.

Shark, Lori Greiner, made an investment of $200,000 for 20% of the company.

After the deal was made, Greiner helped get Scrub Daddy onto QVC as a launching platform and closed deals with Bed Bath & Beyond and Walmart to carry the product. Since the episodes broadcast, sales has gone from $100,000 to $18 million, making it one of the biggest successes yet.


Cousins Maine Lobster - Season 4
Cousins Maine Lobster - Season 4
Cousins, Sabin Lomac and Jim Tselkis, wanted to create a food truck in Los Angeles making their famous lobster rolls.

Shark, Barbara Corcoran, offered $55,000 for 15% of the company.

After the show, the company made $700,000 in sales and started franchising their business. They have now exceeded over $3.5 million dollars in sales.


Power Decal / Light Film -  Season 1
Power Decal / Light Film - Season 1
George Podd and Rolf Schwartz, founders of Light Film which was has now changed to Power Decal, wanted funding for their patented peel off sticker that lights up from a solar power source.

Shark Draymond John offered $100,000 for 70% of the business.

After the show Draymond John made deals with Best Buy Ace Hardware, and Dicks Sporting Goods to sell Power Decals. He also made deals with all the major sports teams and you can get Power Decals representing any NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, or NASCAR team.


Bottle Breacher - Season 6
Bottle Breacher - Season 6
Husband and wife, Eli and Jen Crain, founded Bottle Breacher selling custom bottle openers made from hollow 50-caliber bullets.

Sharks, Mark Cuban and Kevin O'Leary, each give $75,000 for 10% a piece.

After the show, they went from selling 175 units a day to over 1000, making over $2.5 million in sales.


Citikitty - Season 2
Citikitty - Season 2
Rebecca Rescate invented Citikitty, a device to help toilet train cats.

Shark, Kevin Harrington invested $100,00 for 20% of the company.

Citikitty went from $100,000 in sales a year to over $1 million in 2011. Citikitty is now available in over 1,000 stores.


Sun-Staches - Season 6
Sun-Staches - Season 6
Friends, David Levich, Eric Lieberman, and Dan Gershon, founded Sun-Staches, a novelty sunglasses company.

Shark, Daymond John, invests $300,000 for 20%.

Daymond John helped the company get licensing agreements with Marvel Entertainment and the company had over $4.2 million in sales over the next 5 months.


ChordBuddy - Season 3
ChordBuddy - Season 3
Music teacher Travis Perry made ChordBuddy, a device that attaches to the neck of a guitar, to help his daughter learn how to play.

Shark and guitar player, Robert Herjavec, invested $175,000 for 20% of the business.

ChordBuddy started off with $150,000 in sales. By 2014, it made over $1.5 million in 2014 sales, with country star John Rich as company spokesman.


Ava the Elephant - Season 1
Ava the Elephant - Season 1
As a nanny, Tiffany Krumins came up with the idea for Ava the Elephant, a medicine dropper disguised as a cute talking elephant for little children.

Shark Barbara Corcoran invested $50,000 for 55% of the company.

When Krumins first pitched her idea, she only had the idea and five homemade clay prototypes. Today, Ava the Elephant is sold in over 10,000 stores across the country including Walgreens ands CVS.


Q-Flex - Season 6
Q-Flex - Season 6
Andrea Cao was only 13 years old when she pitched Q-Flex, a curved rod that allowed people to reach and massage pressure points on their body.

Sharks Barbara Cochran and Mark Cuban invested $20,000 for 25% each.

After the airing of the show on Dec 2014, the company saw a rise in sales from $20,000 to over $500,000 in half a year.


The Painted Pretzel - Season 3
The Painted Pretzel - Season 3
Stay-at-home mom Raven Thomas dreamed of running her own business. So she started the Painted Pretzel, selling chocolate covered pretzels.

Mark Cuban invested $100,000 for 25% of her company.

Before the show, Thomas had to walk away from several deals because she did not have enough capacity to fulfill all the orders coming in. After the show, she was able to revamp her business model and now projects revenue of $1.5 million.


Readerest - Season 3
Readerest - Season 3
Inventor Rick Hopper purposely stumbled and tripped on his appearance on the show to show off his invention, Readerest, a magnetic clip to hold glasses.

Shark Lori Greiner saw the value and invested $150,000 for 65% of the company.

In the two years after the show's airing, the company had over $8 million in sales and can now be found in over 6,000 stores.


Talbot Teas - Season 3
Talbot Teas - Season 3
Talbott Teas founder, Shane Talbott, spent over 20 years in the salon and spa industry and once served as Oprah Winfrey's personal hair colorist. Talbott Teas was born out the unique tea creations he made at his spa.

Shark Kevin O'Leary invested $250,000 or 35% of the company.

After the show, O'Leary brought in fellow sharks Daymond John and Barbara Cochran who helped facilitate a deal to sell Talbott Teas to Jamba Juice for several million dollars.


Element Bars - Season 1
Element Bars - Season 1
Jonathon Miller founded Element Bars, a design it yourself energy bar. His appeared on the show wanting backing to take his sales to the next level

Shark Kevin Harrington invested $150,000 for 30% of the company.

After the show, production and sales of the bar went from 1,000 a month to over 1 million a year.


Pork Barrel BBQ - Season 1
Pork Barrel BBQ - Season 1
Friends Heath Hall and Brett Thompson won 2nd place in a national BBQ cook-off and wanted to market their award winning sauces and rubs.

Shark Barbara Corcoran bought in for $50,000 for 50% of their company.

Pork Barrel BBQ is one of the bigger success stories on the show, growing from selling in a few grocery stores to being available in 3,500 stores and with revenue of over $4.1 million.


Tower Paddle Boards - Season 3
Tower Paddle Boards - Season 3
Stephan Aartol describes his Tower Paddle Boards as a stand up paddle board like surfing but a lot easier.

After rejecting shark, Kevin O'Leary, Aatol made a deal with shark Mark Cuban for $150,000 for 30% of the company.

After the show aired, Tower Paddle Boards went from $100,000 in sales to over $1.7 million in sales in one year. Cuban said this was one of his most successful deals he made on the show.


KissTixx - Season 3
KissTixx - Season 3
Friends Dalls Robinson and Mike Bounomo invented KissTxx, a lip balm that created a tasty chemical reaction when kissing with another person.

After seeing fellow sharks Barbara Corcoran and Kevin O'Leary kiss, shark Mark Cuban paid $200,000 for a 40% stake in the company.

After the show, sales spiked tremendously nearly crashing their website. Moving from online to retail, they have now made distribution deals to be sold at Kmart, Walgreen's, Winn Dixie, Associated Foods, and QVC.


Groovebook - Season 5
Groovebook - Season 5
Husband and wife Julie and Brian Whiteman came up with the mobile app, Groovebook, which allowed users to create a physical bound photo album from the photos on their phone.

Sharks Mark Cuban and Kevin O'Leary invested $150,000 for 80% of their company.

After airing, Groovebook got 500,000 paid subcscribers and internet company Shutterfly acquired them for $14.5 million.


PRO-NRG - Season 4
PRO-NRG - Season 4
Tania Patruno and Brandon Jacobs came up with a new kind of energy drink called PRO-NRG.

Shark Daymond John invested $250,000 for a 30% share of the company.

PRO-NRG has since rebranded the name to Protein Water and is now available nationwide. The company projected sales of $5 million in 2014.


Lollacup - Season 3
Lollacup - Season 3
Husband and wife Mark and Hanna Lim invented the Lollacup, a weighted spill proof sippy cup, for their two young daughters.

A bidding war broke out between the shark with Mark Cuban and Robert Herjavec buying 40% of the company for $100,000.

Before Shark Tank sales were about $30,000 and could only be found in 50 stores. Afterwards, sales shot up to $900,000 and now sold in over 600 stores.


Breathometer - Season 5
Breathometer - Season 5
Charles Yim's Breathometer maybe the biggest success story ever on Shark Tank. Breathometer is a small device connected your smart phone to monitor your breath.

All the sharks on the show wanted to invest in Breathometer and eventually the 5 sharks, Mark Cuban, Kevin O'Leary, Lori Geiner, Kevin O'Leary, Daymond John, and Robert Herjavec invested $1 million for 30%.

After the show, Breathometer ran into problems because production could not keep up with new orders. The production problems have now been resolved and this year Breathometer expects to have sales of $10 million.


Bubbas Boneless Ribs - Season 5
Bubbas Boneless Ribs - Season 5
Al 'Bubba' Baker, a former NFL footballer, made one of the best presentations ever to the sharks, presenting Bubbas Boneless Ribs, a de-boned pork rib.

Shark Daymond John paid $300,000 for a 30% stake.

Within 10 days of the show's airing, Bubbas Boneless Ribs had over $200,000 in sales. In eight weeks sales went to $500,000.


Stella Valle Jewelry - Season 4
Stella Valle Jewelry - Season 4
Stella Valle Jewelry was founded by two army officers Paige Dellavalle and Ashley Jung, a military inspired jewelry line.

Sharks Lori Greiner and Mark Cuban came in for $150,000 for 35%.

Before Shark Tank Stella Valle only had $50,000 in sales. After appearing on Shark Tank, Stella Valle appeared on QVC and sold out immediately and had over $2.5 million in sales.


Wicked Good Cupcakes - Season 4
Wicked Good Cupcakes - Season 4
Mother and daughter Tacey Noonan and Danielle Desroches founded Wicked Good Cupcakes, which ships and makes cupcakes in jars.

Shark Kevin O'Leary loaned $75,000 for $1 per cupcake sold until he gets his $75,000 back and then $.50 for every cupcake sold afterwards.

Within 74 days, Kevin O'Leary made his money back and they are projecting $2 million in sales annually.


Chef Big Shake - Season 2
Chef Big Shake - Season 2
Not everybody gets a deal on Shark Tank. Chef Shawn 'Big Shake' Davis came on the show pitching his shrimp burgers. All the sharks ended up passing.

But after appearing on the show, his business grew from $30,000 in sales in one year to $5 million the next. Shawn Davis says he's still willing to have a shark come in to invest.