stepnpullMike Sewell introduces the Sharks to StepNpull, a product that lets you open swinging doors with your foot, in Shark Tank episode 1220. Mike, along with friends and partners Ron Ely and Kelly Coddington first met at work in the 1990’s. In 2007, Ron – now at another job – noticed people using paper towels to use the handles of the bathroom door. He thought about it and figured a foot operated door opener would quell the spread of germs and prevent paper towel waste.

He enlisted the help of his friends to design the first prototype and they began manufacturing and shipping out of the garage. Business grew slowly but steadily and it was a side business for the three men. They grew by selling to large companies and international distributors. Then Covid-19 hit. Because of increased awareness about viruses on hard surfaces their business exploded. In March, 2020 they had more orders than the previous 13 years combined!

The patented product itself is fairly simple. It’s an L-shaped, extruded aluminum item that screws to any commercial, swinging bathroom door. This lets you pull the door open with your foot instead of the handle and reduces the chance of spreading germs through contact. Think about it – many bathrooms have contactless flushing, sinks and towel dispensers, now the door can be contactless as well. They come in a variety of colors to match decor and they are selling by the gazillions to large institutions, airports, big corporations and just about anywhere there are bathroom doors. Consumers can get them at Home Depot, Lowe’s and Amazon. They likely want a Shark’s help managing their explosive growth.

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Posts about StepNpull on Shark Tank Blog

Step N Pull – Hands Free Door Opener

StepNpull Shark Tank Recap

Mike will pitch the panel of five Sharks on the business and its prospects for growth. He’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 he’ll need to show them HE is capable of running the company to “Shark standards.” A full pitch re-cap on StepNpull will be available on Shark Tank Blog once this episode airs.

StepNpull 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 StepNpull & Mike Sewell as more details become available.

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