Author: Gemma Paredes

Gemma Paredes

Gemma graduated with a degree in Accounting and Business Management and has over 10 years experience as a freelance writer. She's passionate about entrepreneurship and has previously worked in recruitment.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are all over America. These communities are filled with culture, talents, and aspirations. As an HBCU graduate, Ashley Jones wanted to encompass all of these aspects in her clothing brand, Tones of Melanin. After getting a deal with Mark Cuban on Shark Tank, Tones of Melanin is worth an estimated $4 million. Founder’s Background Ashley Jones hails from Virginia and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Norfolk State University, the institution that helped her realize her purpose. There, she participated in several volunteering organizations to help those in need. During…

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When Eric Goodchild and Jake Slatnick walked into the Shark Tank in 2019, they were hopeful that their wireless charging product, Aira, could impress the Sharks. The duo co-founded Aira in 2017, with Goodchild, an electrical engineer, and Slatnick, a serial entrepreneur, they combined their skills to create something special. Today, Aira is worth an estimated $40 million! Striking a Deal with the Sharks They proposed a deal to the Sharks – $500,000 for 7% equity in their venture. Their plan was to use Aira’s technology as a licensing business. The pitch was bold, and it worked. They caught the…

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Bohana has been making a splash in the health food market since appearing on season 11 of Shark Tank. The brand, which offers a nutritious alternative to popcorn, has experienced significant growth since March 2020! Although there’s two founders, Nadine Habayeb came alone but bagged a deal with Kevin O’Leary and the business is now worth an estimated $3 million. Founders’ Backgrounds Bhartia and Habayeb, the dynamic duo behind Bohana, come from diverse backgrounds but share a passion for healthy snacking. Bhartia, originally from India, discovered the benefits of Ayurveda and the water lily seed during her childhood. Habayeb, who hails…

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Noggin Boss has taken the market by storm since appearing on season 13 of Shark Tank. Founders Gabe Cooper and Sean Starner have transformed their passion for larger-than-life headwear into a thriving business, despite initial challenges. Noggin Boss is worth an estimated $1 million as of 2023. The valuation has increased 5x since the show! Appearing on Shark Tank $30,000 in sales in the first four months caught the attention of the Sharks. Their biggest hurdle was securing licensing rights for the logos customers wanted, which they couldn’t fulfill for 95% of their orders. The Sharks saw potential in the…

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Lovepop is a pop-up greeting card company founded by two friends, Wombi Rose and John Wise. The two met in 2006 while studying marine engineering and reconnected again at Havard business school. In 2014, they pooled together their design and business skills to create a unique line of greeting cards. Currently, Lovepop is worth an estimated $20 million. In 2015, the duo appeared on season 7 of Shark Tank, seeking to raise $300,000 in exchange for 10%. Their 3-D pop-up cards are designed with intricate layers of paper, carefully crafted to create an origami-like experience. The Sharks were impressed by…

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Andrew Wilkinson is a Canadian entrepreneur and venture capitalist with a net worth of $300 million! Andrew is the founder of Tiny, a holding company that owns over 40 businesses including Dribble, MetaLab and Pixel Union. In recent times, he’s become known for his thought leadership on Twitter and appearing on the My First Million podcast. Born in Vancouver, Andrew studied Journalism at Ryerson University. While working at a coffee shop, he came across customers who were web designers. This inspired him to launch Matlab in 2007, initially the company designed simple websites and apps for small businesses. Within two…

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Dapper Boi is a gender-neutral clothing brand that sells unique designs in a wide range of sizes. The company caters to those who want to wear more inclusive clothes. Being part of this community themselves, Vicky and Charisse Pasche appeared on Shark Tank but didn’t get a deal. After Shark Tank, Dapper Boi is worth an estimated $3 million. About the Founders Victoria and Charisse Pasche are an LGBTQ couple from San Diego. Vicky studied mass media communication at SUNY Plattsburgh, and Charisse has an MA in business psychology from the University of the Rockies. Before starting a clothing line,…

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Roq Innovation aims to create products to make everyone’s life a little easier. The company flagship product is Headlightz, perfect for situations where you need an extra hand in the dark. Raquel Graham pitched her stylish hats on Shark Tank and struck a deal with Kevin O’Leary and Peter Jones. Currently, Roq Innovations is worth an estimated $3 million. Founders’ Background: Raquel’s Journey Raquel Graham is a mother of two from Chicago, Illinois and studied history and economics at Wesleyan University. Graham later got her MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Even before getting an MBA, Raquel worked…

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Many people dream of traveling to a foreign country alone at least once in their life. But that is a reality for Mai Pham, a young travel influencer and content creator. She is known for rarely staying in one place for longer than eight months. Aside from travel, she makes beauty, fashion, and lifestyle content. As of 2024, Mai Pham has an estimated net worth of $2 million. Background Phạm Xuân-Mai was born on December 5, 2002 and her ethnicity is Vietnamese. She has an older sister named Hein, who grew up with her in Alberta, Canada. Unlike other kids…

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Former football player Lewis Howes has found a more successful career as an entrepreneur, author and mentor. He was once a record holder in the NCAA and is now a best-selling author who focuses on high-performance business ideas. As of 2024, Howes has an estimated net worth of $10 million. Background Lewis Howes was born on March 16, 1983 and grew up in Delaware, Ohio, in a very nurturing family. His dad was his biggest fan and mentor when he began competing in sports. Howes went to Principia College and played football, where he once held an NCAA record for…

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