Rener Gracie hopes the Sharks flip over Quikflip, his hooded sweatshirt that transforms into a backpack, in Shark Tank's season ten finale, episode 1022. Gracie, a Jiu Jitsu professional instructor and fighter, became frustrated when running. He would start off a run with a hoodie, then have nowhere to put it when he got too hot to wear it. That's when he created Quik Flip.
Gracie is someone the Sharks wouldn't want to mess with on the streets. He comes from a long line of Jiu Jitsu fighters and teachers. His grandfather, Helio, once challenged world boxing champ Joe Louis to a fight. Louis declined. Rener's dad, Rorion, opened what would become Gracie University in 1989. The “university” is a Jiu Jitsu training academy where Rener also works as an instructor.
Gracie threw all the energy he puts into Jiu Jitsu into QuikFlip. He's appeared at many apparel conventions hawking his new invention. If he's as tenacious with QuikFlip as he is with his Jiu Jitsu instruction, success can't be too far away. He believes Quik Flip has “unlimited branding potential.” He's also the first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt ever in the Shark Tank.
Rener likely wants a Shark to help him with manufacturing. He IS the brand and will work hard to make QuikFlip a hit. Hopefully, a Shark will flip for it too.
QuikFlip Company Information
Posts about QuikFlip on Shark Tank Blog
QuikFlip Shark Tank Recap
Rener 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, 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 he’ll need to show them HE is capable of running the company to “Shark standards." A full pitch re-cap on QuikFlip will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.
QuikFlip 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 QuikFlip & Rener Gracie as more details become available.