UNIFORM is a line of afforable street wear (t-shirts, hoodies, joggers, hats) made in Africa. Every time an article of clothing is purchased, the company donates a school uniform to a child in need in Africa. (In many African countries, children are required to wear school uniforms to attend the public schools; if you can’t afford one, you cannot attend school.) The two entrepreneurs behind UNIFORM, Adam Butlein and Chid Liberty, are pitching their social enterprise on Shark Tank on January 13.
When not working on UNIFORM, Butlein is working in on his artistic toy invention LiteZilla. It’s an 8-foot wide, 5-foot tall handcrafted interactive glowing canvas with holes for “LitePins” which was inspired by the Hasbro toy Lite-Bright. Butlein built the first LiteZilla in his garage in Cedarburg, Wisconsin in 2013 for his first child. His first client was a local pediatric dentist Dr. Wagner.
“The children in my office love to play with it and make designs with it, “ says Dr. Wagner. “I see a lot of special needs kids” who enjoy interacting with the tactile toy. LiteZillas average about $12,000 each. So far he’s sold about 65. New episodes of Shark Tank air Sundays at 9 pm on ABC. [Related: 27 Favorite ‘Shark Tank’ Products at Amazon — New List]