|SEASON 9 EPISODE 4|
|Pitch||Foot roller for Plantar Fasciitis|
|Entrepreneur||Ehan Kamat and Vinay Kamat|
|Asked For||$75,000 for 10%|
What is Solemender?
Anyone suffering from plantar fasciitis knows how painful and debilitating it can be. They also know that there is really no cure for it.
The foot pain will come and go, sometimes being completely unnoticeable, other times being so painful the sufferer can barely walk.
There are plenty of things that claim to relieve plantar fasciitis, many of which are nothing more than a gimmick and do nothing in terms of relief.
Solemender is a product that takes a relief method recommended by many doctors and improves on it. That method? Rolling your foot back and forth over freezing water bottles.
The idea is that both the motion and the cooling of the frozen water help relieve symptoms.
Young entrepreneur, Ehan Kamat, came up with the idea for the Solemender after watching his mother use that very method to relieve her symptoms.
It’s a simple concept, not unlike many foot massagers on the market.
What differentiates it from the rest is its non-slip base and removable, freezable roller.
One of the most recommended ways to alleviate foot pain is by applying cold and stretching the area out, but the Solemender does both with its unique design.
At the young age of 12 years, Ehan Kamat invented the Solemender as a more effective, less messy way for his mother to get relief from her painful plantar fasciitis while still utilizing doctor-recommended methods.
With the help of his father Vinay, a doctor, Ehan designed a prototype in 2015 and submitted a patent for the design.
Just because he was young didn’t mean he was inexperienced when it comes to being an entrepreneur.
Before appearing on Shark Tank at the age of 17, Ehan was a member of Independent Youth, an organization that empowers young entrepreneurs.
He had also taken his product on to win many awards from local and national organizations and universities.
Perhaps one of the biggest downfalls that Ehan had was his strong dedication to the Solemender.
Dedication is a wonderful thing and a key part of people’s success, but maybe a little too much for Ehan, who was so dedicated to the product and company that he was willing to forgo a university education.
Education is also a key part of being able to run a successful business.
What Happened After Shark Tank Update
Is Solemender Still in Business?
Since his appearance on Shark Tank, Ehan has taken the Shark’s advice and has gone on to University where, as Mark predicted, he is selling Solemender from his dorm room. While not the huge success they had hoped it to be, it is successful nonetheless, thanks to the show’s exposure and website sales. Solemender also has a small following on Facebook, where it receives glowing reviews and has a 4.8-star rating.
Sales have also increased thanks to a recent appearance on QVC. The product is now also sold on Amazon where it was met with mixed reviews and has a rating of 4.1 stars.
While most customers agree that the product does a good job of doing what it is meant to do, some have pointed out that the quality is not that great, feeling cheaply made.
Others have noted that the roller does not stay cold very long, meaning it isn’t effective for long. This problem can be solved, however, by purchasing extra rollers.
There is little doubt among customers that the product is effective, and with some more persistence and dedication, Solemender could become the successful foot pain reliever that Ehan and his father hoped it would be.