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Local Resident to Have Product Featured on Shark Tank

Owen Sound | by Ken Hashizume  

Emily Doherty is the co-creator of Dare-U-Go, a bib doubles as a tray and food storage for infants.

Image from Instagram @dare_u_go 

An Owen Sound native is hoping her product will attract some sharks.

Something called Dare-U-Go will be appearing on an episode of Shark Tank.

Dare-U-Go was co-created by Emily Doherty, a former resident of Owen Sound, and Los Angeles resident Lisa D'Amato.

But you won't see Doherty on the show pitching the product when the episode is scheduled to air this Sunday.

Doherty says her work visa does not permit her to appear on broadcast television.

She says her business partner went on by herself and delivered her pitch to the Sharks.

The show features would-be entrepreneurs who try to convince a panel of venture capitalists (AKA: Sharks) to invest in their product.

Two of the five regulars on the show are Canadians (Kevin O'Leary and Robert Herjavec), another is Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Doherty says she got the idea for Dare-U-Go when she and D'Amato were out shopping with D'Amato's infant son.

She says her son walking around was wearing a bib that was holding french fries that he was eating and felt they were on to something.

This is not Doherty's first experience with a reality television show.

Doherty says when she was attending high school in Waterloo, she got a call from producers of the Tyra Banks Show and got to meet with Banks herself.

She says she later helped out Banks on another TV show, America's Next Top Model, where she first met D'Amato.

Dare-U-Go is sold in 12 countries and is available in Owen Sound at Sweetpea Wholesome Baby.

Doherty wouldn't reveal if she and D'Amato got money from the Sharks but she says the two are devoting full-time on Dare-U-Go working out of an office in Burbank, California.

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