If you're stuck in the middle of nowhere with an urgent need to use the bathroom, Paul Mangum might just have the answer for you.
His product, the InstaPrivy, a compact toilet system and privacy shelter, made its debut on Monday's episode of CNBC's reality pitch show "Adventure Capitalists," in which entrepreneurs pitch their adventure products to investors in the great outdoors.
Mangum was seeking a $250,000 investment for 10 percent of his company. While the demo didn't go as well he'd planned, he did walk away with a sizable deal.
"I was looking around for a product that was portable — that I could take with me," the avid outdoorsman and father of five told the show's co-hosts, Craig Cooper, Dhani Jones and Jeremy Bloom. "I couldn't find it, so I developed it."
The product consists of a foldable toilet chair, disposable bag and a privacy shelter that, when deployed, resembles a tent — or as Cooper termed it on the show, an "upside down laundry hamper." In addition, the kit contains toilet paper, hand sanitizer and a shovel, all of which fit into a small bag.
Although Mangum initially developed the InstaPrivy for his family so that they could enjoy the outdoors together without having to worry when there wasn't a restroom around, he soon realized he could commercialize it. He invested about $70,000 of his own money into the product, which retails for $99.99.