David Zamarin hopes he won't repel the Sharks when he pitches DetraPel, his liquid repellent spray, in Shark Tank episode 916. Zamarin invented DetraPel in 2013 when he was just 16 years old. The product is designed to repel water and dirt from fabrics, yet it uses all eco-friendly ingredients. He calls it a “hydrophobic” formula, but it's base ingredient is an extract from decomposed lotus plants. Like the leaf of the plant, when water contacts a surface treated with DetraPel, it just beads up and rolls off. It also acts as an anti corrosion and icing agent.
Back in 2013, Zamarin launched an unsuccessful IndieGoGo Campaign that raised just over $3000 (on a $50,000 goal) to get the business off the ground. After operating out of First Round Capital's offices (that's where Uber got its start) for a while, David moved the company to Boston. Now, along with several other business associates, he's running an office in Wellesley, Massachusetts and has a partnership with Babson College's Entrepreneurship program.
The product itself is very easy to use. Simply apply to clean, dry fabric (leather too), let it dry 30 minutes, and that's it. An application lasts about a year and prevents water damage and stains on everything from sneakers to table cloths. A 2 ounce bottle treats about ten square feet and costs $12.99. Zamarin likely wants a Shark to help him build the brand and expand its retail and wholesale reach.
Will a Shark keep it clean and invest??
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DetraPel Shark Tank Recap
David will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. He'll need to convince Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Rohan Oza, Lori Grenier, and Robert Herjavec that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but he’ll need to show them HE is capable of running the company to “Shark standards." A full pitch re-cap on DetraPel will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.
DetraPel Shark Tank Update
The Shark Tank Blog constantly provides updates and follow-ups about entrepreneurs who have appeared on the Shark Tank TV show. Once an episode has aired, we monitor the progress of the businesses featured, whether they receive funding or not and report on their progress. The Shark Tank Blog will follow-up on DetraPel & David Zamarin as more details become available.