Local Entrepreneurs Contacted By "Shark Tank"


HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A group of young entrepreneurs from the Valley put their skills into action.

They received a call from ABC's "Shark Tank," a show which tries to find new inventions and make them popular.

Bill Shuey, the CEO and co-founder of Amber Tech, said the company's goal is to find a solution to a problem. They found, their best way to do that is through entrepreneurship and starting something from nothing.

The group came up with a free self-locking cell phone charging station. They said, more important than the technology, is the brand they hope to create.

Kyle Byrd, a developer with the company, said by "Shark Tank" contacting them, it is an even greater push to show anyone can make a difference if they work hard enough and go after their dreams.

"We hit the big lows then we hit the big highs. Shark Tank was definitely a big high and it slingshotted us," said Byrd.

The group said, ultimately they would like to see the product end up back here in the Valley, where the idea started.

"Everything around us has been created by somebody, and these aren't geniuses. Rarely are they people that graduated from MIT, Cornell or Stanford. It is about people with imagination," said Shuey.

The group said they want to start with 100 products in places around Washington D.C., like museums, restaurants and movie theaters.


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