Season 9

Season 9 Episode 1

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Shark Tank season 9 episode 1 introduces an 11-year-old inventor from San Clemente, California, recycles a skateboard deck to fit inside lockers and backpacks; an entrepreneur from Meridianville, Alabama, revolutionizes aerial sports; a husband and wife team from Vicksburg, Mississippi create outdoor camping gear; and an entrepreneur from San Francisco, California, claims her five-minute meditation app will help the world reduce stress.

Season 9 Episode 1 in depth

Guest sharks this season include Spanx founder Sara BlakelyVirgin Group founder Richard Branson, brand marketer Rohan Oza, TV personality Bethenny Frankel, and former MLB star Alex Rodriguez.

In this season 9 episode 1, the guest judge is Richard Branson.

Richard Branson

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is an English business magnate, investor, author and philanthropist. He founded the Virgin Group in the 1970s, which controls more than 400 companies in various fields.

Branson expressed his desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age. His first business venture, at the age of 16, was a magazine called Student. In 1970, he set up a mail-order record business. He opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records—later known as Virgin Megastores—in 1972.

Branson’s Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he started Virgin Atlantic airline and expanded the Virgin Records music label. In 2004, he founded spaceflight corporation Virgin Galactic.

Source: Wikipedia

Richard Branson
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We listed below every entrepreneur and business who has appeared on Shark Tank Season 9 Episode 1. Many scammers claim they’ve received big investments from the Sharks or they have been on the show. They were not actually on Shark Tank if you don’t see a business on this list. Some of the top places you can use to check are on Wikipedia and also ABC’s episode guide.

List with all the appearances in season 9 episode 1:

Shark Tank Air Date: 10/01/17 – Season 9 – Episode 1

Wyp Aviation Wingboard
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Wyp Aviation Wingboard

$500,000 for 20%NO DEALNO SHARK

Entrepreneurs: Aaron Wypyszynsk

Wyp Aviation Entertainment was founded to push the limits of what is possible in aviation. Their patented design will cut through the sky & the wind tunnel for endless fun & adventure.

WingBoard takes the thrill of adventure sports to another dimension, combining the exhilaration of prolonged flight with the rush that comes when you’re in control. 

The rider stands with their feet secured on the platform and white-knuckles a handlebar connected to a tow line behind a flying plane. Families of all ages will be able to learn to ride the wind on their WingBoard in a wind tunnel.

Sierra Madre Research
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Hammocks by Sierra Madre Research

$175,000 for 15%$175,000 for 15%Richard Branson

Entrepreneurs: Richard Rhett and Juli Rhett

Sierra Madre Research’s hammocks can be combined with one of two hammock shelters to provide extra room for camping gear and a layer of protection against the elements. Their gear protects campers rain or shine and provides insulation and waterproof elements. 

Sierra Madre Research offers three different kinds of hammocks for the different needs of outdoor. Sierra Madre Research also hosts “Adventures”, where campers can trek and explore the outdoors.

Locker Boards
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Locker Boards Mini Skateboards

$60,000 for 15%$60,000 for 20%Richard Branson

Entrepreneurs: Carson Kropfl

Locker Boards are designed for school and traveling. This patented design was invented to be fun to ride, easy to take anywhere and good for the planet. Locker Board decks are made from 100% recycled maple wood. A portion of the artwork on the bottom of the decks is left transparent to show the cool, recycled wood underneath and remind riders how awesome they are for supporting sustainability.

Carson Kropfl, invented this board with corners to pop for tricks. These mini skateboards flip faster than a traditional skateboard, which make them great for practicing tricks.

Each board is one-of-a-kind. A portion of proceeds are donated to Ocean Unite to help save our oceans from plastic pollution. The perfect gift this holiday season.

Simple Habit
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Simple Habit – Meditation App For Busy People

$600,000 for 5%NO DEALNO SHARK

Entrepreneurs: Yunha Kim

Simple Habit is the #1 app for your wellness & sleep recommended by top mental health experts. Sleep better and be happier in your life, marriage, parenthood, work, and health.

Their wellness & sleep therapy sessions offer guided mindfulness & meditation, daily motivation, guided sleep sessions and coaching by world-renowned experts, personalized for the way you live your life. They’ll help you feel less stressed, get better sleep and be your best self whether you have 5 minutes in the morning, 20 minutes during your commute or need to fall asleep quickly. 

Simple Habit offers two auto-renewing subscription options to help you achieve mindfulness and breathe easier. 

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