On February 26th, LuminAID was featured on ABC’s 20/20 as one of Shark Tank’s Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.) companies. The episode looked back on companies that stood out -- good and bad-- highlighting Shark Tank’s history with categories such as “Greatest Pitch Fails” and “Greatest Money Makers.” LuminAID led off the final segment, “Greatest Impact,” with a look back at our original pitch in 2015, as well as how the company has grown.
LuminAID pitched on Shark Tank during the show’s 6th season, and our co-founders, Andrea Sreshta and Anna Stork, shared LuminAID’s goals to help both people affected by disasters and those passionate about the outdoors. The episode was one of Shark Tank’s most-watched in history and was seen by more than 8 million people across America. To their surprise, Andrea and Anna received offers from all 5 Sharks and walked out of the tank with an investment deal from billionaire Mark Cuban, who became LuminAID’s first investor.
In the 20/20 G.O.A.T. episode, Mark Cuban praised LuminAID’s innovative technology, and the company’s impact in creating a product that has been used worldwide after disasters. Mark says: “It’s just an ingenious device that, now, is becoming ubiquitous when there’s an emergency or there’s a disaster.”