Next into the tank is Aaron Wypyszynski of WYP Aviation, seeking $500,000 for 20 percent equity.
WYP Aviation takes extreme aerial adventures to all-new heights. The wingboard is pulled by a plane in the air and users can be taught how to “ride the wind” in a wind tunnel. According to their website, they hope “to push the limits of what is possible in aviation. Our goal is to go beyond the simple ‘wow’ factor — and make people rethink what it means to take flight.”
Self-proclaimed “daredevil” and guest shark Richard Branson gives it a try and can foresee it as a “real thrill.” Lori Greiner goes out over the risks associated with the extreme sport, followed by Mark Cuban, who thinks it’s just too expensive. He adds that he terrified of heights, making it a terrible fit for him. Daymond John likes action sports, but thinks it’ll take too much time and money to be successful.
Branson finds it intriguing but doesn’t find it investable at this point. He goes out, followed by Robert Herjavec over the same concerns. He ultimately walks away without a deal.
Each week on “Shark Tank,” budding entrepreneurs have the opportunity to pitch their emerging businesses to multi-millionaire and billionaire investors, known as sharks: Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks; Daymond John, fashion mogul and founder of FUBU; Kevin O’Leary, self-proclaimed Mr. Wonderful and founder of O’Leary Financial Group; Barbara Corcoran, real estate maven; Lori Greiner, queen of QVC; and Robert Herjavec, technology guru and founder/CEO of the Herjavec Group.
Philanthropist and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Spanx founder Sara Blakely, Skinnygirl Cocktails founder and Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel, Vitamin Water founder Rohan Oza and former MLB player Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez are also slated to appear as guest sharks this season.
“Shark Tank,” which is based on “Dragons’ Den,” is produced by Mark Burnett and first debuted in 2009. To date, the sharks have invested more than $100 million in various companies after engaging in numerous bidding wars and shark fights. A new episode airs each Sunday at 9 p.m. on ABC.
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