Mylen Yamamoto wants the Sharks to help make the common chopstick greener when she pitches Cropsticks in episode 822. Cropsticks are made from sustainably harvested bamboo – nearly 50% of chopsticks (36 billion yearly) sold worldwide are made from trees. Yamamoto's take on the chopstick also includes a built-in holder attached to each pair.
Chopsticks are just the first product her company – Cropmade – plans on producing for Asian cuisine. Her goal is to make environmentally friendly products that “leave behind a greener environment for future generations.” She sells to restaurants and consumers from her website. A set of 25 is only seven bucks.
Yamamoto is a former professor who taught entrepreneurship at Loyola University. She took the plunge into her own business after a long flight to Asia where her chopsticks kept rolling off the table. After raising $21,816 on Kickstarter in early 2016, she stopped teaching and started doing.
She likely needs a Shark to help with distribution issues and for cash to fuel growth. Will a Shark learn to use chopsticks?
Cropsticks Shark Tank Recap
Mylen will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. She’ll need to convince Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Grenier, and Robert Herjavec that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but she’ll need to show them SHE is capable of running the company to “Shark standards." A full pitch re-cap on Cropsticks will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.
Cropsticks 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 Cropsticks and Mylen Yamamoto as more details become available.