On Season 11 of Shark Tank, Georgia Tech graduate Krystal Persaud (class of 2010), an entrepreneur from New York City, pitches her sustainable, portable solution to powering small tech devices (phones, tablets, speakers), Grouphug.
Grouphug is an easy-to-install solar panel (with a built-in battery and USB port) designed to hang in a window (it comes with a suction cup hook). One Grouphug solar panel retails for $149.
On the show, which originally aired on March 20, 2020, Krystal accepted Mark Cuban‘s offer of $150,000 in exchange for 25 percent equity. (She went into the Tank seeking $150k for 10 percent.) [Related: 27 Favorite ‘Shark Tank’ Products at Amazon]
Since then, Krystal has been promoting the Grouphug/Mark Cuban partnership as seen above. The photo you see was taken before the show aired in March, when Cuban came to Krystal’s shared office space in Brooklyn and “discussed possibilities for an entire hour, helping her shape her business plan.”
One initiative derives from the idea that “more money could be had through corporate business.” Shark Tank airs Fridays at 8 pm on ABC.