Five years after their appearance on Dragon’s Den, we follow up with the company behind ‘The SportScreen’
Five years ago, Mark Shaver and Russ Lennon waded into the Dragon’s Den hoping to land a deal. After revealing their product “The SportScreen” on national television, the pair piqued the interest of four dragons and walked away as partners with none other than “The Wealthy Barber,” Waterloo’s David Chilton.
The SportScreen has since saved thousands of garage doors by giving eager hockey players a surface to withstand thousands of slapshots. It’s an industrial-level screening that can not only handle the blistering speed of a Zdeno Chara slapshot, but it also dampens the noise.
Chilton’s initial deal with The SportScreen started off as a royalty-based partnership which has since expired, but to this day, he still advises Shaver and Lennon with guidance on how to run the business. “I just spoke with Dave the other day,” Shaver said. “We’re still in touch. He’s not active in the business day-to-day, but as a friend, he’ll provide advice as needed and when needed.”
Their product saw a spike after their episode of Dragon’s Den aired in 2015, but The SportScreen has also grown by leaps and bounds within the past year. The product is now available in retailers like Pro Hockey Life, some boutique specialty hockey shops in the United States, and it will soon be available on Costco’s Canadian website.
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