Rick Pescovitz wants a Shark to invest in Under the Weather, his hybrid chair/tent, in Shark Tank episode 822. Under the Weather keeps you warm and dry in the coldest, wettest weather while sitting to watch a game or event. Think of it as a “soccer mom chair” with a tent attached.
Rick got the idea for his product while attending a soccer tournament his son played in. The 8 AM game featured sub-freezing temperatures and cold rain – not the best conditions to sit through! That night, the light bulb went off in his head and he designed the first prototype. Essentially, Under the Weather is a tent/chair combination (they're called pods) that's portable, but not cumbersome. It keeps you warm and dry in cold weather and offers sun protection in warm weather.
Rick cashed in his savings to start the business and it was slow going at first. When his wife, Kelly, got involved, she used her 25 years of marketing experience to rapidly grow the brand on social media. Within a few weeks, she had the business shipping hundreds of units.
One of Rick's pods costs between $59 and $200, depending on the features and number of people protected by the pod. Pods connect with the “connect up” accessory, so you can have the whole team under cover. They even have college licensed pods.
Rick likely wants a Shark's help with fulfillment issues and with mass retail. Will a Shark weather the storm and invest?
Under the Weather Shark Tank Recap
Rick will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. He’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 he’ll need to show them HE is capable of running the company to “Shark standards." A full pitch re-cap on Under the Weather will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.
Under the Weather 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 Under the Weather and Rick Pescovitz as more details become available.