A Medina man will appear on ABC’s hit business funding show “Shark Tank” with his business partners to promote a product that will allow drivers to dip while they drive.
The product, the Saucemoto dip clip, was born from a simple problem that most drivers can probably attest to experiencing: Riding in a vehicle eating chicken nuggets or other grab-and-go finger foods and the condiment package that is sitting on the passenger seat or armrest gets jostled and spills all over the car’s upholstery.
Two University of Akron alumni, who will present their creation to a panel of five potential investors on Sunday night, created the dip clip.
The Saucemoto dip clip is a product of Milkmen Design, a business venture started by William Moujaes of Akron and a 2012 graduate of UA’s College of Business Administration, and Medina’s Michael Koury, a 2009 College of Engineering graduate. The pair’s business partner, Tony Lahood, will appear on the show as well.
The idea for the Saucemoto came about 11 years ago during a road trip when Moujaes, Koury and a friend of theirs craved chicken nuggets and french fries. While dunking their food into condiment packages, the inevitable happened — a package of barbecue sauce spilled onto the seat.
“For generations, humans had to choose between making a mess in their vehicle or consuming bland, sauce-free food,” Moujaes said in a statement. “We were tired of standing by idly as the perfect union of fries and nuggets, and the precious sauces that complement them, grew strained. So, we created the Saucemoto dip clip to repair this relationship, reuniting ketchup with french fry, nugget with barbecue sauce, and so on.”
Production of the Saucemoto came first, and then “Shark Tank” came knocking, Koury said.
“After Saucemoto went viral online, a producer for ‘Shark Tank’ reached out to us and asked us to send an audition tape,” Koury said in a statement. “We just tried to be ourselves and the humor must have come through on the video. On one hand, we know this is a ridiculous product while simultaneously being absolutely effective for someone who eats in their car. It’s truly magical the first time you use it.”
When “Shark Tank” premiered 10 years ago, Moujaes and Koury were roommates attending UA and with other business ventures together. They knew then that they wanted to appear on the show some day, alongside other aspiring entrepreneurs. The dream became true last June when their episode was taped at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California.
“Walking onto the set was absolutely surreal, staring face-to-face with all these sharks we’ve been watching and admiring for 10 years,” said Koury. “But you don’t have time to be star struck. We rehearsed our pitch 1,000 times so when we heard ‘action’ we fell into place and gave it everything.”
Viewers can watch the group’s business pitch at 10 p.m. Sunday on ABC.