Christopher Gray is the Drexel University student behind Scholly, an app that helps students find scholarship opportunities. When a student inputs her data (state, race, GPA, etc.) into Scholly, a list of scholarships that that student is eligible for appears. Gray is an expert at finding money for college. The Drexel senior has received more than $1.3 million in college scholarships.
Gray is going on Shark Tank to pitch Scholly; he’s seeking $40,000 for 15% of the company. Shark Lori Greiner is so eager to make a deal, she doesn’t ask for numbers or anything. She’s ready to give him exactly what he asked for which outrages three of the four other sharks. Robert Herjavec, Kevin O’Leary and Mark Cuban walk out of the tank. (Daymond John stays seated.) Lori says their response to her offer is just “sour grapes.” Don’t worry, Gray’s no dummy. He knows how to negotiate and how important “being open to opportunities” is to building a start-up. As Gray says, he works ‘as if anything that hasn’t happened, won’t happen.”