Baobab

baobabBrandon Davenport and Marcellus Alexander III hope to find a fit for Baobab, their “perfect polo shirt,” in Shark Tank episode 1104. The Baobab tree is the inspiration for the company name. It’s a tree that grows in both Africa and Australia. According to legend, the tree can live thousands of years and provides nourishment to those who collect its fruit and water. Just like the tree, the shirts promise to last a long time.

Brandon and Marcellus decided to start the business while working in New York City. The two tech entrepreneurs successfully started and sold a venture and were looking for a new opportunity. They both liked wearing polo  shirts because they went well with any clothing: from a sport jacket to sweat pants. What they didn’t like was the poor quality of the polo shirts they were buying. Colors faded, collars warped and they just didn’t last.

The two men set out to make the perfect polo and Baobab was born. They “engineered” their shirts for over a year. Using nanotechnology, they came up with a fabric that is stain resistant, color-fast, antimicrobial (you can wear it 10+ times without washing it) and pre-shrunk. The secret sauce is their patented stay-flat collar. As an added kicker, there’s a microfiber cloth sewn into the inside bottom right of the shirt for cleaning glasses and smart device screens.

The guys got their business off the ground in 2017 with concurrent successful Kickstarter and IndieGoGo campaigns that raised $57,645. They delivered product about nine months after the campaigns closed. The shirts come in black, blue, white and grey and cost $88 for a short sleeve and $98 for a long sleeve. They proved the concept, now they want a Shark’s help taking it to the next level. Will a Shark think these shirts are a good fit?

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Baobab Shark Tank Recap

Brandon and Marcellus will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. They’ll need to convince Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec and Daymond John that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but they’ll need to show them THEY are capable of running the company to “Shark standards.” A full pitch re-cap on Baobab will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.

Baobab Shark Tank Update

The Shark Tank Blog constantly provides updates and follow-ups about entrepreneurs who have appeared on the Shark Tank TV show. Once an episode has aired, we monitor the progress of the businesses featured, whether they receive funding or not and report on their progress. The Shark Tank Blog will follow-up on Baobab & Brandon Davenport and Marcellus Alexander III  as more details become available.

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