NightCap on 'Shark Tank': What is the cost, who are the founders and where to buy the cool drink spiking prevention scrunchie
Will Shirah and Michael Bernarde be able to impress the sharks with their pitch for a unique scrunchie that can prevent spiking of drinks?
It takes just a moment for a fun, happy hour at the bar to turn into your worst nightmare.
We've all grown up hearing stories from our parents, friends and colleagues where drinks get spiked when at a club or bar by random strangers. Somewhere that thought tends to loom at the back of our mind when we are out too. Probably keeping that in mind, a brother-sister duo from Florida designed a product called NightCap, which can significantly help reduce the chances of your drink being spiked.
Read on to know all about this unique product that will soon be featured on 'Shark Tank'.
What is NightCap?
At a first glance, NightCap looks like your ordinary hair scrunchie. But closer observation reveals that this scrunchie has a small hidden section that holds a flexible cover made of nylon/ spandex, which can be used to cover your glasses. This unique scrunchie that looks fairly innocent and fashionable, could very easily save you from the nightmare of having your drink spiked when you're out having fun. It is machine washable and has a small opening for a straw. Also available is a separate carrying bag with stainless steel straws and a specially designed cleaning brush.
According to the company's website, NightCap has won several awards for its innovative yet practical design. The awards include Florida State University’s InNOLEvation Challenge, Tallahassee Startup Week’s Annual Pitch Competition, FSU’s Turkey Tank, and FSU’s Jim Moran Micro Grant. NightCap also has been featured on the Fox Business Network, and in USA Today, among many other media outlets. The product currently ships to 46 countries.
Who are the founders?
Shirah Bernarde and her brother Michael Bernarde are the brains behind NightCap. When Shirah was 16, the idea for NightCap came to her in her dream, after she heard several drinks spiking horror stories from her friends. So, the very next morning, the youngster raided her mother's closet and grabbed a pair of pantyhose, cut them up, and attached them to a scrunchie to create the first prototype. This was Shirah's solution to the ever-growing problem of spiking of drinks. She wanted to come up with a solution that would not only keep her and her friends safe but also would be comfortable using it.
When Michael came home to visit, he saw a prototype lying on their table at home. As a college student, he was very well aware of this problem, and also knew that there was no product in the market that helped combat the issue. He immediately saw a huge potential for NightCap due to its unbeatable convenience and reusability. Together, Michael and Shirah took action and spent the next six months working to bring NightCap from concept to reality.
What is the cost?
A single unit of NightCap cost $11.99, while a NightCap with straw kit cost $15.99. These handy scrunchies are also available in a family pack of four units, which cost $39.99.
Where to buy it?
You can get your hands on NightCap from the company's website here.
Who will crack the deal?
Based on the brand's sales numbers, and demand, the sharks may decide whether to invest in it or not. Kevin O'Leary might be interested in the product if the numbers are good.
'Shark Tank' Season 12 airs on Fridays at 8/7c on ABC.