Three area entrepreneurs — creators of a ketchup and dipping sauce holder that clips on to the air vent of a vehicle — got the shark investor they wanted and made a deal on Sunday’s episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

Shark Kevin O’Leary was eager to dip into his pocket to invest, but he wanted a 50 percent stake in the venture for $45,000.

That was too high a stake for the three entrepreneurs.

Eventually O’Leary lowered his offer to a 25 percent stake of Saucemoto — which is sold on Amazon — for $45,000.

“So, we’re all equal,” O’Leary told the three men on the previously recorded ABC reality show, where entrepreneurs pitch their products to shark investors.

The area men accepted the offer.

One of the three, Will Moujaes, reflected on the deal Monday morning — after the episode aired — saying, “We were willing to go to 25 percent [stake in the company]. That was the maximum we wanted to go and we also wanted Kevin [O’Leary]” to invest.

Moujaes said O’Leary “might come off as the mean shark … he’s like Simon Cowell on 'American Idol,' and can be biting in his criticism."

But, Moujaes said, “He’s really good at his craft … .”

Plus, Moujaes said, “He’s half Lebanese. We thought that might help us out since all of us are Lebanese.”

The idea for Saucemoto came about 10 or 11 years ago, during a road trip when Moujaes, 32, of Akron, and his friend Tony Lahood, 34, of Richfield Township, stopped for fast food and made a mess with the condiment packets.

Moujaes is a sales manager for McNeil & NRM, an Akron maker of tire production machinery, and Lahood is a Cleveland business owner.

The two created the product, along with friend Mike Koury, 33, of Medina. Koury is a product developer at Woodpeckers in Strongsville.

From the outset, Moujaes said Monday, shark investor O’Leary understood the need for the clip-on plastic sauce holder.

“I think this is huge. I do see the use of it. I eat fries in the car, and I like to dip my fries, and it is an issue,” O’Leary told the three on Sunday’s show, referring to the struggle of trying to eat fries with ketchup or chicken nuggets with sauce while in a car.

Shark Barbara Corcoran wasn’t biting, asking the three, “You really thought this was a big problem?”

Thousands of people do think it’s a problem.

Sales of Saucemoto on Amazon on Sunday — the day the episode aired — were four times what sales normally are in a month. Also, Sunday, thousands of buyers went to Saucemoto.com to purchase the product.