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cup-a-bugJustin Huang hopes to catch a Shark with Cup-a-Bug, his contraption for safely catching insects and spiders, in Shark Tank episode 1516. Justin, who is an engineer and entrepreneur, has sold products online before with his business called Solid Factory which primarily sells accessories for board game players. Cup-a-Bug is a new foray born out of Justin’s fear of bugs as a child. Whille he’s scared of them, he doesn’t neccessarily want to kill them, so he sought a solution.

Cup-a-Bug is basically an advanced version of the cup and paper technique for catching bugs. If you ever put a cup on a bug and slid a piece of paper under it to catch the bug, you know what I mean. Justin has his cup at the end of a pole – so you don’t have to get too close. Once the bug is trapped, simply pull on a lever which slides a piece of plastic under the cup and traps the bug. You can then release it safely outside. It’s designed to work in corners too.

He got things started with a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $28,883 back in March, 2022. The last products from the campaign shipped in September of the same year. Now, you can buy one from the company website or Amazon for $40. Justin llikely wants a Shark’s cash for inventory.

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Posts about Cup-a-Bug on Shark Tank Blog

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Cup-a-Bug Shark Tank Recap

Justin will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. He’ll need to convince Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Daymond John 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 he’ll need to show them HE is capable of running the company to “Shark standards.” A full pitch re-cap on Cup-a-Bug will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.

Cup-a-Bug 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 Cup-a-Bug & Justin Huang as more details become available.