Jim Loughran hopes to skate away with a deal for PolyGlide, his synthetic ice for skating rinks, in Shark Tank episode 812. Loughran created the product to allow people and public rinks the ability to have an ice skating surface virtually anywhere and in any kind of weather.
The PolyGlide system consists of a series of polymer plastic panels. Customers can buy standard sized panels or have a rink custom-made to a specific design. The panels are “beaded polymers” which allow for low friction when in contact with skates. For added performance, you can use a spray-on glide enhancer that prolongs the life of the panels.
PolyGlide panels can be used indoors or out doors and lock together using dovetail joints that provide a virtually seamless skating surface. Panels come in four packs of 2'x4′ or 4'x8′, so customers can build out a rink according to their budget and needs. Extras like goalie creases, face-off circles, and edging are optional. Whether you want a do-it-yourself rink or a custom order, PolyGlide can make an ice surface for anyone.
Will a Shark want to swim in ice?
PolyGlide Shark Tank Recap
Jim will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. He’ll need to convince Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Grenier, and Robert Herjavec that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but he’ll need to show them HE is capable of running the company to “Shark standards." A full pitch re-cap on PolyGlide will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.
PolyGlide Shark Tank Update
The Shark Tank Blog constantly provides updates and follow-ups about entrepreneurs who have appeared on the Shark Tank TV show. Once an episode has aired, we monitor the progress of the businesses featured, whether they receive funding or not and report on their progress. The Shark Tank Blog will follow-up on PolyGlide and Jim Loughran as more details become available.