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Bark N Borrow – bringing dog sitting to an online platform

24 year old Liam Berkeley released there was a gap with people who want to own pets but are unable to because of their work schedule. To fill this gap he made an app similar to Uber where the user would be able to see local pet sitters in the area who you can contact easily through the app and instantly pay the sitter through the app. It blew up this year and is looking to expand.

With everyone having smartphones and making the app free, it has opened the door fir Bark N Borrow to out do their competitors and make connections with people who don’t have the ability to make prior arrangements. Liam Berkeley made it on multiple lists of most impressive young entrepreneurs.

Death Wish Coffee

Death Wish Coffee was created in 2012 in New York by Mike Brown. Death Wish Coffee is known for being the strongest coffee. Mike’s goal was to make a strong highly caffeinated dark roast that still had plenty of flavor. So he started a coffee shop and tried his new blend of coffee beans on his morning customers who helped him adapt his blend to me more flavorful.

During the 2015 Superbowl Mike won a contest to get a 30 second ad. After that accomplishment they were the sponsor of comic con and sponsored Nascar. In a few short years the company grew to being one of the most well known Dark Roast coffee blends in America. They have tapped into other markets such as apparel and coffee mugs. Death Wish Coffee now has a full staff of workers and can be found at big name grocery stores such as Meijer, Whole Foods, and Mariono’s.

Gladiator Lacrosse

Gladiator Lacrosse is a Lacrosse gear company formed by young entrepreneur, Rachel Zietz. At the age of 13, Rachel got the idea for Gladiator Lacrosse when she noticed that a majority of Lacrosse equipment was expensive to the average consumer. She attended a youth business pitch contest and was awarded around 2,000 dollars for her idea. Rachel took those funds and formed what we now know as Gladiator Lacrosse.

In the first year, Gladiator Lacrosse had 2M in annual sales and in the next 2 years, the business spiked to 1MM in annual sales. Rachel appeared on Shark Tank in 2016 but didn’t manage to cut a deal. The sharks said she was a shark in the making and a great entrepreneur who didn’t need their help. That year Gladiator Lacrosse surpassed 2.5MM in sales.

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