Business reality series Shark Tank will now have an Indian edition. The popular show is collaborating with Venture Catalysts, an Indian incubator for startups, to bring ‘Shark Tank India’ into the Indian Business habitat. Registrations for the first edition of Shark Tank India are currently underway on SonyLIV.
Produced by StudioNEXT, a content unit of Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), the third largest startup ecosystem in the world is all set to bring out the new generation of Indian Entrepreneurs.
On the show, a good business pitch might be enough to turn an entrepreneurial dream into reality. On the show, unique and interesting experienced investors & business experts will evaluate business ideas, business prototypes or active businesses.
Shark Tank is the US version of a 2001 Japanese show ‘Tigers of Money’ by Nippon TV. The show was adopted in the UK as ‘Dragon’s Den’ in 2005. The US version premiered in 2009 and ever since that, the term ‘Sharks’ and ‘Shark Tanks’ has spread across the world. Sony Pictures Television distributes internationally the format.
“The format of Shark Tank is revolutionary, and we are excited to be producing the very first edition of Shark Tank India. The show will certainly give a boost to the dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem in the country and we are looking forward to showcasing some interesting ‘pitches’. Will the ‘Sharks’ bite the bait? That remains to be seen. Given the nature of the show, we are glad to have collaborated with Venture Catalysts as the Startup Ecosystem Advisor for Shark Tank India,” said Indranil Chakraborty, head of StudioNEXT.
Talking about Shark Tank’s success, the Indian Business ecosystem and Shark Tank India, the co-founder of Venture Catalysts, Anuj Golecha said, “In the last 12 years, Shark Tank has helped create multi-million-dollar companies across geographies. Venture Catalysts is excited to partner with Sony Entertainment Television for Shark Tank India as it aligns our Ideology of spreading entrepreneurship bug across the smaller towns and cities in India. Together we hope to see some really interesting ideas coming from far flung Indian towns too or the entrepreneurs from the ‘Bharat’. For entrepreneurs, Shark Tank is not just about monetary gains but the exposure, mentoring and support that they receive. It also provides founders with a direct go-to-market strategy and that is very valuable. We are extremely delighted to have partnered for the show as Startup Ecosystem Advisor to provide our deep expertise in entrepreneurship and building business to make the show a great success.”