Any parent who has taken their kids on a long road trip can attest that space is essential. Kids will fight nonstop when they’re bored and confined, so what’s the best way to handle this? Give each kid their own space! Entrepreneurs Krissy Pruske and Rachel Lincoln have created this prototype to do exactly that. Will the sharks fight over this Season 11 pitch? Find out in our
Shark Tank Space Traveler Update
- Entrepreneur: Krissy Pruske and Rachel Lincoln
- Business: Backseat divider for kids
- Ask: $100,000 for 33% equity
- Result: $100,000 for 33% equity and $2/unit royalty until $100,000
- Shark: Barbara Corcoran
Krissy Pruske and Rachel Lincoln are ‘momtrepreneurs’ who faced an issue that many moms can relate to. Kids on long road trips fight like cats and dogs, and part of the reason is the confined space. To combat this, they prototyped a device that would keep their kids separate. First, they tried a laundry hamper. Then, they used a collapsible dog kennel.
Finally, they settled on a collapsible tent-like design with mesh windows, seatbelt cutouts, and pockets on each side. During their pitch, they place the Space Traveler in the middle of three squabbling children, showing how each of them has separate space but can still speak through the window.
Apparently, they have always searched for solutions for common problems. They’ve pitched their ideas to licensing companies before, only to have their products stolen and rebranded. This time, they’re looking for a partner who will stick with them.
Robert Herjavec likes the presentation, but he doesn’t like the product. He drops out of the deal for that reason. The entrepreneurs mention character licensing as a way to try and entice the remaining sharks.
Lori Greiner has an issue with how new the business is. They are pre-sales, as this product is only a prototype right now. Because of that, they haven’t done any market testing yet. For this reason, Lori doesn’t want to be involved.
Kevin O’Leary has the same concerns and says that he just doesn’t want to “take the journey” with these entrepreneurs. Both Kevin and Lori drop out.
Mark Cuban thinks there are similar products, and suggests that the entrepreneurs do some research into patents. He thinks it’s likely that this product already exists, so he drops out of the deal.
This leaves Barbara Corcoran, who says she ‘doesn’t understand’ the product. However, she’s had success with products she didn’t understand before—notably The Original Comfy, which has done $150 million in sales since Season 10.
Because of her past experiences, Barbara offers the entrepreneurs what they asked for, but with a twist. She offers $100,000 for 33% equity, but she also wants an additional $2/unit royalty until she gets $100,000 back. The entrepreneurs immediately take this deal.
So how is the company doing now? Where can you order your Space Traveler? Find out in our
Unfortunately, there are reports that the deal with Barbara never went thorough. You can also no longer buy a Space Traveler—not right now, anyway. The company’s first inventory round sold out in December of 2020, and they haven’t restocked. Even worse, the website doesn’t open either. So things aren’t looking great!
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