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Local HoopMaps creators to make their pitch Sunday on ‘Shark Tank’ show

California State University, Sacramento, graduates Donte Morris, left, and Dominic Morris created the HoopMaps app so that pickup basketball players could find places to play. It was information that the two brothers also wanted on demand.
California State University, Sacramento, graduates Donte Morris, left, and Dominic Morris created the HoopMaps app so that pickup basketball players could find places to play. It was information that the two brothers also wanted on demand. www.hoopmaps.com

Twin brothers Donte and Dominic Morris, the local creators of the HoopMaps app, will appear on the Sunday telecast of ABC TV’s popular “Shark Tank” show.

Channel 10, the local ABC affiliate, is showing a telecast time of 10 p.m. on its website.

The two California State University, Sacramento, business school graduates created the app in June 2016. Its primary feature enables users to zero in on pickup basketball games – locally or at other sites nationally and even abroad.

The HoopMaps website said the app was created out of personal experience: “Two brothers wanted to find a pickup game one day. They drove around the city just to find empty courts. They thought there should be an app that helps you find pickup games. An idea was born. HoopMaps.”

The app was developed with the help of Sacramento’s Hacker Lab, which provides a collaborative work site and tools for startups looking to get their businesses off the ground.

Earlier this year, during the widely watched NCAA men’s basketball tournament, a CBS Sacramento story on the Morris twins and HoopMaps helped boost app users from about 1,000 to more than 20,000.

The “Shark Tank” reality series, started in 2009, features aspiring entrepreneurs who make business pitches to a panel of celebrity “shark” investors. Typically, the prospective investors offer competing bids to help develop the entrepreneurs’ company. That can involve the investors getting a percentage of the business. The entrepreneurs must decide on the best offer.

The investors also have the option to pass on investing in the startups.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover

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