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During this year's Dayton Startup Week, Startup Grind will feature three local startups that spent countless hours preparing to be on the ABC hit show Shark Tank. Two of these entrepreneurs made the cut and were viewed by millions across the country. All of them benefited by going through the rigorous vetting process. You won't want to miss hearing the good, the bad and the ugly from their unique experiences.
Charles Nick: President, Third Wave Water, a mineral packet that creates the optimum water for brewing coffee.
Charlynda Scales: Founder, Mutt's Sauce, an all-purpose, tomato-based signature sauce.
Tom Burden: CEO, Grypmat, a multi-purpose tool tray that will keep your tools in place.
As an aficionado and expert in aviation, Charles has pivoted to being THE connoisseur of coffee. The company he co-owns, Third Wave Water has taken over the coffee industry, focusing on water quality to achieve truly great coffee.
Charlynda Scales is continuing the family tradition, taking the world-famous recipe that was developed by her grandfather Charlie “Mutt” Ferrell, Jr. Mutt used his multi-purpose sauce to break down cultural and language barriers throughout his Air Force career. He left the secret recipe to his granddaughter, Charlynda, who is now sharing this delicious sauce with sauce-lovers around the world.
Tom believes in finding the balance between efficiency, simplicity and user friendliness. He uses this trifecta to develop military based products. His latest development is Grypmat - a non-slip, flexible tray that allows tools to be placed where the work is being done, reducing maintenance time and increasing aircraft longevity.