Alumnus-Founded Sap! Swims With The Sharks

Sap!, a Vermont maple water beverage producer co-founded and led by entrepreneur Chas Smith ’15, will appear on Shark Tank, the popular venture capital/entrepreneur pitch program on the ABC television network. Sap! will make their pitch on Sunday, January 28 at 10 p.m. EST.

Shark Tank features several “multi-millionaire tycoons” looking to discover and invest in the best businesses and products America has to offer. The “sharks” include Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran.

Sap! was launched by Chas, his cousin Nikita (who appears with Chas on the broadcast), and his father Charlie, and took flight while Chas was working toward his MBA here at UVM. Their company is fueled by their passion for the maple and birch industry, their dedication to Vermont and the working landscape, and their excitement to build a company that embodies these values.

Sap! bills its products as non-alcoholic beverages made from 100 percent natural maple syrup and healthy alternatives to sugar-sweetened drinks. Sap! products can be found in Vermont, throughout New England, New York City, and worldwide on Amazon.