University of Vermont

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Sap! makes a line of plant-based superfood sparkling beverages from 100% pure maple and birch sap direct from the trees of Vermont. The products naturally contain antioxidants, electrolytes, minerals, vitamins, and other trace nutrients that deliver both health and refreshment. Sap! is committed to supporting Vermont's forest economy while providing healthier, natural, great tasting beverages for the whole family. Sap products can be found in a growing number of retail outlets throughout the Northeast and nationally on Sap! was recently named by Whole Foods to their Top Ten Trends List of 2018.

UVM Inventor(s):
Chas Smith

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Alumnus-Founded Sap! Swims with the Sharks

Nikita Salmon, left, and Chas Smith, right; courtesy of Disney ABC

Sap! co-founders Chas Smith (UVM '15) and Nikita Salmon appeared on Shark Tank, the popular venture capital/entrepreneur pitch program, on Sunday, January 28, 2018.

The co-founders filmed the episode last Fall in Los Angeles and navigated the notoriously tough "Tank" and the panel of Sharks consisting of Mark Cuban, Robert Herjavec, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, and Rohan Oza.

The entrepreneurs received an offer of $600,000 for a 30-percent ownership stake. They countered with 20 percent, and ultimately no deal was made.

To see their pitch, watch Season 9 Episode 21.

See also the Seven Days story, "Sap! Makes a Run in Los Angeles."