MontiKids

montikidsFormer preschool teacher turned entrepreneur Zahra Kassam hopes to school the Sharks on MontiKids, her Montessori curriculum based toys, in Shark Tank episode 1011. When she gave birth to her own children, she wanted to give them a stimulating environment that helped their development. She soon realized it was tough to do while balancing the other demands of parenthood. She also realized there were a lot of other parents who wanted the same thing for their kids but didn't know where to turn.

So Kassam set out to create toys and educational materials parents could use at home for their preschool children. The toys are based on the Montessori method, an educational approach used by tens of thousands of schools world-wide for over one hundred years. The Montessori method stresses learning through play, creativity, independence and more. Montessori learning encompasses developmentally appropriate cognitive, physical, linguistic, social and emotional materials. All toy designers at MontiKids are well versed in the method and hold Master's Degrees in education.

As for the business side of things, MontiKids is a subscription service that ships developmentally appropriate toys every three months. The programs start as early as three months of age. It costs $297 per level (there are 8 levels) and you can cancel anytime. Along with the toys come written and video guides for parents to help get the most out of the toys. There is also a support community. Kassam believes “providing educational play from birth to age 3 will help fulfill and expand your child’s potential.”

Kassam has been recognized by many leading educational foundations and groups as a leader in the field of early childhood development toys. She likely wants a Shark's help getting the message out.

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MontiKids Shark Tank Recap

Zahra will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. She'll need to convince Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec and Daymond John that the company is worthy of a Shark investment. A good business plan, good financials, and sales data will impress the Sharks, but she’ll need to show them SHE is capable of running the company to “Shark standards.” A full pitch re-cap on MontiKids will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.

MontiKids 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 MontiKids & Zahra Kassam as more details become available.

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