13 year old Maddox Prichard invented the perfect gardening tool, by improving something we use in our gardens every day. Products like his seem like no-brainers, but we don’t realize that we need them until someone creates them. Will this young entrepreneur get a deal on
If you’re short on time, here’s a quick overview of what happened to The Measuring Shovel after
Maddox Prichard appeared on
|Lori Greiner and Kevin O’Leary
|Accepted deal of $40,000 for a 30% equity
Shark Tank The Measuring Shovel Update
- Entrepreneur: Maddox and Amanda Prichard
- Business: Garden shovel with an engraved yardstick
- Ask: $40,000 for 15% equity
- Result: $40,000 for 30% equity
- Shark: Lori Greiner and Kevin O’Leary
Along with his mom Amanda, dad Jason, and little sister, Brenna, Maddox brought The Measuring Shovel to
The idea has won him several awards at invention fairs, and he also has patents on the idea itself. Although he may only be 13, he appears more composed in front of the sharks than many of the entrepreneurs on the show.
The Measuring Shovel is an ingenious improvement on the shovel. It has an engraved yardstick along the handle, and on the blade, which helps to produce holes of the perfect depth, as well as perfect spacing for plants.
While it seems like a great idea, Maddox reveals that he hasn’t entered production yet. While coming to
The sharks agree that if they were buying a shovel, they would rather have The Measuring Shovel, than a standard one. They also agreed that many gardeners would feel the same and most of the sharks are sold on the idea.
Despite this, Mark Cuban and Robert Herjavecare are out quickly, simply because they don’t garden, so they just weren’t passionate about the project.
However, Lori Greiner and Kevin O’Leary quickly make a combined offer, that will focus on licensing. They offer $40,000, for a 30% stake in the business.
Guest shark Daniel Lubetzky makes a counteroffer, mostly because he thinks that Maddox is adorable. He wants to focus on manufacturing, and operations with his offer of $40,000 for 25% equity.
This was certainly a hard choice for the 13-year-old. Two sharks for the price of one? Or a lower stake in the business overall? He tries to get Lori and Kevin to reduce their equity or raise their investment, but they stick with their original offer.
Regardless, Maddox decided to go with Kevin and Lori’s original offer of $40,000 for a 30% stake.
How has the company done since appearing on the show? Find out in The Measuring Shovel update!
Unfortunately, research for our The Measuring Shovel update turned up very little about the product. We do however know that the deal with Lori and Kevin never closed and the shovel still has not been released.
That said, The Measuring Shovel website promises that the product will be available soon.
We are also sad to share that Maddox’s dad passed away after a sudden and brief illness shortly after the episode aired. This could be a possible answer to the company’s setback.
With the episode airing back in 2019, it’s not looking great for The Measuring Shovel at this point in time. Hopefully, it will go on sale soon, and we can all get our gardens looking great as a result.
When we get more news on a The Measuring Shovel update, we will let you know!
In the meantime, check out these other company updates from Season 11 Episode 6:
For even more on companies and products, be sure to stop by our Season 11 products page!
Andrew Smith is the founder and owner of Shark Tank Recap. He is a longtime Shark Tank fan that has been watching it for years and has seen every episode multiple times. His friends know him as the Shark Tank expert, because he can answer any question about the show! His favorite Shark Tank products are Bertello's pizza oven and Bug Bite Thing!