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Grouphug founder and Georgia Tech alum Krystal Persaud appeared on an episode of ABC’s Shark Tank.
Persaud is a graduate of the School of Industrial Design and has taken the humanistic problem-solving strengths learned through the program to create her company, Grouphug. As a hybrid educator, designer, and creative technologist, Persaud has a unique multidisciplinary approach to inventing beautifully designed objects that truly solve a problem.
Grouphug, a solar company making ridiculously good-looking solar panels in custom shapes and sizes, is competing for investors in the popular show Shark Tank. In June 2019, Grouphug raised over $70,000 on Kickstarter to bring its first product, the Window Solar Charger, to life. The Window Solar Charger enables individuals to harvest energy from their window and charge their mobile devices off the grid. For those who rent or can’t install solar panels on their roof, this is a first step into adopting renewable energy.
“For the first time, people don’t have to choose between utility and aesthetics in solar energy. We can’t wait to tell our story,” says Persaud.
Pitching on Shark Tank gives the company a chance to bring the conversation about solar energy to a wider audience. A Shark Tank deal would enable the company to grow and form partnerships with leading solar installers to create thousands of creatively shaped solar panels across the country.
Header Image Credit: ABC/Eric McCandless