Operating under pressure is nothing new to a MilPreneur, but there’s something uniquely unnerving about having 4 successful entrepreneurs pick apart your business plan and prod every aspect of your pitch—and then air it on national TV for the world to see.
We are bringing together 3 MilPreneurs who not only survived Shark Tank, they walked away with partnerships from the notorious Mark Cuban. Each will be sharing their experiences at this year’s Military Influencer Conference.
Our Newly Added and Highly Anticipated “Shark Tank Without The Bite” Panel
Survivor #1 – Eli Crane of Bottle Breacher
Bottle Breacher handcrafts 50 caliber bottle openers made by veterans. As cool “man gifts” or promotional products, these bottle openers are extremely impressive—from the intricate engraving to the powder coated finish. The company started in Eli’s one-car garage, where he made these 50 caliber bottle openers and sold them to his friends.
With help from his wife, Jen, they created a store on Etsy and began marketing their product. Almost 2 years later, he appeared on Shark Tank and made a deal that launched the business into unimaginable growth.
You can view their episode and see Eli work with each Shark to get the perfect deal.
Survivor #2 – Cameron Cruse of R.Riveter
As a military spouse, Cameron experienced first-hand the uphill battle spouses face when looking for meaningful employment. So, her and a friend decided to get together and solve this problem. R.Riveter repurposes discarded and unused military material to make handbags and purses, all the while providing “portable” income and meaningful employment to military spouses across the country.
What started with a single sewing machine and some military canvas has grown into a socially responsible company that focuses on their mission just as much as their product. Take a look at Cameron & Lisa’s inspiring story and how they wooed the Sharks into a deal.
Take a look at Cameron & Lisa’s inspiring story and how they wooed the Sharks into a deal.
Click here to watch scenes from the episode
Survivor #3 – Matt Griffin of Combat Flip Flops
After several deployments to dangerous places around the world, Lee and Griff decided that there has to be another way to help struggling countries. The concept of business over bullets is what spurred them to create Combat Flip Flops.
They sell flip flops, scarves, and jewelry, all made in the hands of citizens from countries that are either war-torn, plagued by widespread poverty, or experiencing other economic hardships. View their segment on Shark Tank to see how Lee and Griff handle rejection by one of the Sharks.
Get Tickets Today and be there for the “Shark Tank Without The Bite” Panel!
Mark Cuban believed in each of these entrepreneurs, their mission, their business acumen, and their determination to succeed. He gave them the affirmation and capital to carry on and grow their businesses. Now, each is thriving.
We all would love to have Mark critique our business model and advise us on strategy, but most of us will never appear on Shark Tank. However, a closing keynote would more than suffice! If we can share this request enough, by scores of comments and tweets and mentions, maybe he’ll agree to inspire and motivate a whole room of MilPreneurs.
Are you willing to help us? Share, Like, Tweet, ReTweet, Pin, Hashtag, Email, SMS, Blog, Snail Mail; whatever you can do to get the word circulated. Aaanndddd GO!