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Sports company based in Las Vegas competes on 'Funderdome'

Posted at 11:36 AM, Jul 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-23 14:36:45-04

Revive Brand is a three-man operation. They build their products in a garage factory and run the business side out of a small bedroom office.

"You can't take a day off," said Jonathan Santos, CEO of Revive Brand.

But things are about to tip-off. The crew was picked to be part of the "Funderdome" competition series, which pits entrepreneurs against each other for seed money.

National attention didn't come overnight. It began five years ago when Santos and Medin Gebrezgier met in a business class at the College of Southern Nevada.

"[Our professor] said, 'If you guys want to write a business plan, you don't have to take the final,'" Santos explained. "I [said to Gebrezgier], 'Do you want to work on this backpack thing?'"

The pair set out to create backpacks and cases for basketballs, but they made some rookie mistakes in the early years.

"We drove up to this manufacturer I found on Google, and I said, 'I've got this design idea, can you make it for me?'" said Santos. "They were like, 'No, we actually can't do that for you.'"

That's when they brought Santos' younger brother, Cesar, into the operation.

"It was horrible in the beginning," said Cesar. "I had a really horrible [sewing] machine."

After years of sweating away in the garage lab, trying various designs, Revive finally landed on something new. Eventually, they launched a Kickstarter campaign to get their game bag design off the ground.

The campaign scored them more than money. It got them the attention of "Funderdome" producers, and the moment swung forward.

The Revive team isn't allowed to say what happened on the show. If you want to find out, you'll have to watch "Funderdome" on Sunday at 9 p.m. on KTNV.