Bringing home the desi version of the international TV show Shark Tank, Sony Pictures has roped in well-known names from the startup ecosystem that includes founders of Shaadi.com, boAt, SUGAR Cosmetics, Emcure Pharmaceuticals, BharatPe, Lenskart, and Mamaearth.
The Indian version of the international television show Shark Tank is here. Sony Pictures Network India has acquired the rights for the adaptation of Shark Tank in India.
What Is Shark Tank?
For the unaware, Shark Tank is a business reality TV show where ‘Sharks’ or wealthy investors listen to business pitches from participants who require funding. When sharks pour their money in for a business idea, they return for a stake in the company.
The Desi version of the show has onboard founders of many successful startups. This includes Ashneer Grover, Founder of BharatPe; Anupam Mittal, Founder of Shaadi.com; Ghazal Alagh, Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Mamaearth; Aman Gupta, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of boAt; Namita Thapar, Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals; Peyush Bhansal, Co-founder and CEO of Lenskart; and Vineeta Singh, CEO and Co-founder of SUGAR cosmetics.
Who Are the Judges of This Business Reality Show?
Let’s have a brief overview of these successful entrepreneurs!
Ashneer Grover, Co-Founder of BharatPe
Ashneer Grover is the managing director and co-founder of the well-known digital platform, BharatPe. BharatPe is a fintech company that allows digital lending for merchants and kirana shops. The company was founded in 2018 and empowered merchants to accept payments from any UPI Payment App for free through the BharatPe QR Code.
Aman Gupta, Co-Founder of boAT
The next shark on the reality show is Aman Gupta. Gupta is the co-founder of the electronics company boAt along with Sameer Mehta. The company, founded in 2016, sells products like headphones, speakers, and other audio-based devices.
Anupam Mittal, Founder, and CEO of Shaadi.com
Anupam Mittal is the Founder and CEO of People Group that owns platforms like Shaadi.com, Makaan.com, Mauj Mobile, and People Pictures. The online matrimonial service platform, Shaadi.com, is the most prominent name out of all these companies. The company launched in 1997 has been running successfully in India for the last 25 years.
Ghazal Alagh, Co-Founder of Mamaearth
Ghazal Alagh is the co-founder of the cosmetic company Mamaearth that provides toxin-free, natural baby care, skincare, and hair care products. She founded the company in 2016.
Namitha Thapar, Executive Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals
Namitha Thapar is one of the leading businesswomen in India. After a six-year stint with the USA-based company Guidant Corporation, Thapar joined Emcure Pharmaceuticals and is now the company’s Executive Director.
Peyush Bansal, Co-Founder of Lenskart
The co-founder of the eyewear company, Lenskart, is Peyush Bansal. The company has become a rage in the country, with its stores now expanding to more than 70 cities in India.
Vineeta Singh, CEO, and Co-Founder of SUGAR Cosmetics
Vineeta Singh is co-founder of the homegrown cosmetic company SUGAR cosmetics. She founded the company with Kaushik Mukherjee in 2015. She is also the co-founder of the online beauty box subscription platform Fab Bag.