Sparketh After Shark Tank
Sparketh is an online art education platform that imparts creative activities to children. They offer various courses in different categories such as painting and baking, plus they offer a 30-day free trial for those wanting to try the platform out before subscribing.
Dwayne Walker and Tim Samuel founded DwayneVisions in 2015, when they combined their talents and formed an online platform that helps young people learn art through videos and tutorials. Their business model relies on subscriptions with each course costing $25 monthly or $250 annually. Plus, with over 300 mentors on staff providing one-on-one sessions for subscribers who display exceptional talent, the startup offers exclusive one-on-one sessions to those who show exceptional potential.
Dwayne and Tim are both passionate artists who share an enthusiasm for helping kids hone their artistic abilities. After meeting through their shared interest in creativity, the duo launched Sparketh together in 2015, combining both of their talents to create the online platform which remains active today.
They started with $500 and invested heavily into their site from day one, eventually going on to make $300,000 last year alone. Now they are looking for investment to continue growing the business and improve its website.
On Shark Tank, Dwayne and Tim shared their story with Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Kevin O’Leary, and Barbara Corcoran. They explained that Tim’s sickle cell disease inspired them to start the business; sales from homeschool expos have helped fund it since its life expectancy is 30 years.
They report having received positive feedback from their customers and are eager to introduce more features. Their current offerings include art, baking, and sketching activities for students of varying ages. Furthermore, they provide various pricing options ranging from free to paid depending on the student’s age group.
Their business model is straightforward. They provide a 30-day free trial to users and most of their courses cost $25 per month or $250 annually. Furthermore, they have a gift membership option that enables subscribers to give one year of access to a friend or family member for just $25.
The website is user-friendly and straightforward to navigate, offering courses organized into “tracks.” They offer a 30-day free trial so you can try out the platform before investing in a subscription. Furthermore, there are various other resources and activities such as games and videos available on the platform.
They boast a team of over 300 mentors, many who are experts in their fields. These teachers can offer one-on-one sessions with students and even create customized courses to fit individual needs.
On October 22nd 2021, the Sparketh founders made their pitch to the sharks. Although it is still early in the relationship, both Barabara and Daniel Lubetzky are tweeting about it to indicate that everything has gone smoothly so far.