SEASON 5 EPISODE 22
children’s play mat
Courtney Turich and Christie Barany
$100,000 for 30%
$100,000 for 35%
Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner
What is Monkey Mat?
Monkey Mat is a 5by5 mat that is creatively constructed for kids to play on. The mat has loops for holding keys and toys, so the user is confident about not losing these essential items. Unlike the big blankets, Monkey Mat is very portable; it can be carried anywhere without tiring the user. If you are a travelling mummy, Monkey Mat is a convenient choice because you can clean and use it immediately.
Courtney Turich and Christie Barany saw the need to create a mat for mummies on the move. Therefore, they started the Monkey Mat business. The friends come mumpreneur had known each other for more than ten years before creating Monkey Mat. The duo became friends on their first corporate meeting while working in the medical device industry. The two friends are still pursuing their medical careers while growing the Monkey Mat business.
Christie’s experience at the airport inspired her to create the idea of a small and easy to clean portable floor. The mother of two had over six-hour layover at the airport with her little kids. The kids sat on a dirt floor and touched everything; thus, she wished to sanitize their entire bodies. Christie shared her idea with her friend Courtney, and they partnered to create and grow Monkey Mat.
The duo started the Monkey Mat business as an online adventure. They sold their mat to Amazon and a few retail stores before approaching the Shark Tank Company.