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PRO-NRG Sports Drink After Pitching

Pro_NRG Sports drinkBrandon Jacobs endorsed entrepreneur Tania Patrunol’s PRO-NRG sports drink. She came to the Shark Tank with $125K in sales looking for $250K for 15% of the company. PRO-NRG is unique in the sports drink space, but the Sharks thought it tasted “chemically.”

The sharks were impressed with Brandon Jacob’s story. He told everyone how he brought it to the Super Bowl, handed it out to his Giants teammates and then went on to a thrilling second half comeback victory. That’s a compelling story for a sports drink/supplement. The panel was less than thrilled with PRO-NRG’s numbers. The margins Tania was working with ensure her distributors make more on a bottle of PRO-NRG than she does!

Sharks Like football, but not the Sports Drink numbers

Even though the other sharks balked at the taste, Mark Cuban “got it,” but he was the first one out. One by one, the sharks went out ¬†until Daymnond offered $250K for 30% of the company. Daymond had conditions though. His offer was contingent on a partnership with Bad Ass, a protein supplement company he is partnered with. It seems like PRO-NRG, even with Brandon Jacobs on board (he’s not an equity partner) could use a guy like Daymond who has the connections (think 7-11) to get this on the shelves all over the country.

Having Brandon Jacobs on board was important to Daymond too. Face it, Jacobs is a beast, and he’s very popular with the New York Giants fan base. An athlete of this caliber is an integral part of selling a sports drink. It gives it credibility. That’s why Daymond insisted Jacobs stays on board. I predicted Daymond would make a play for PRO-NRG because of the 7-11 connection touted on the PRO-NRG website. Jacobs agreed to stay on board, Tania took the offer with Daymond’s conditions, and PRO-NRG became another business funded in the Shark Tan.

Asked for $250K for 15% of the business

Accepted $250K for 30% of the business

Investor: Daymond John

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  1. The New York Giant fan base (of which I am one, and a season ticket holder) could not wait to get rid of Brandon Jacobs.

    As humble and engaging as he appeared on Shark Tank, he was the total opposite as a Giant. He ran his mouth 24/7, something Giant fans hate. He trash-talked fans and opponents, bragged about his sports cars, and whined about his lack of playing time the last two years, But now that he’s with the Niners, he’s received a huge dose of humble pie. He hasn’t played yet. And he wishes he were back with the Giants.

    San Francisco can keep him.

  2. He was a horse who thought he was a gazelle. My only point was that he definitely was not popular with Giant fans. But Jerry Glanville made his mark on the NFL by originating the “Not For Long” comment!

  3. I just wonder if this pro-nrg would be good for my husband.He had throat cancer & after the treatments he has suffered from lack of energy & weight loss.At this time he is cancer free but it has been almost 2 years since the last treatment and still has no energy and still under weight.

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