Remember these infamous dialogues- ‘Yeh meri Expertise Nahi hai’, ‘Yeh Sab Doglapan Hai’ and ‘Ham Bhi Bana lenge’? While India was already knee-deep into a plethora of Reality TV shows mostly related to dance, music and entertainment, Shark Tank India came in as a breath of fresh air. We Indians love everything business and this reality TV show fascinated a huge part of the Indian audience. 

However, Shark Tank India is basically an Indian franchise of the world-popular, several awards-winning show Shark Tank. Even the concept of Shark Tank America is based on the format of Dragon’s Den. Shark Tank first aired on ABC Network in August 2009. The hit show, over the course of years also won several awards. 

Concept of Shark Tank:

The premise of the show is quite simple. It features self-made multi-millionaires called ‘sharks’. They are potential investors for various business presentations. The presentations are made by aspiring entrepreneurs who come on the show to display their company or product. The entrepreneurs ask for a sum in exchange for a certain percentage of equity in the business. If the sharks are impressed with the pitch, product and valuation of the company in general they can look to invest in the company. The sharks invest their own money. But most of the time, the sharks find fault or weakness in either the business model, valuation or the product itself. If all the sharks opt out, the entrepreneurs have to leave empty-handed. 

Shark Tank India
Contestants pitching to sharks on Shark Tank India 2.0
Image Credits: WEXT India Ventures

What makes the concept of the show interesting is all the tension and drama of pitch meetings and the varied kinds of interactions between the sharks and entrepreneurs. The American version of Shark Tank got very popular. With 14 seasons to date, over 30 countries have produced local versions of the show including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, etc. 

Season 1 of Shark Tank India was a smashing hit, with 7 popular Indian sharks on board from different fields. After a smashing hit in the first season, Shark Tank India Season 2 is currently on-air. However, it is receiving mixed reviews from netizens. 

Shark Tank India Judges:

Shark Tank India
Shark Tank India Season 2 Judges
Image Credits: Business Today

The Shark Tank India Judges or ‘Sharks’ are as follows:

  1. Aman Gupta – Co-Founder and CMO of boAt, the one who exuded confidence and listened to his heart. 
  2. Anupam Mittal – Founder and CEO of and People Group. 
  3. Peeyush Bansal – A former Microsoft employee, now Co-founder and CEO of Lenskart. 
  4. Namitha Thapar – Executive Director of a multinational pharmaceutical company, Emcure Pharmaceuticals. 
  5. Vineetha Singh – CEO and Co-Founder of SUGAR Cosmetics.
  6. Amit Jain – CEO and Co-Founder of Car Dekho Group. (Season 2)
  7. Ghazal Alagh(S1) – Chief Mama and Co-Founder of MamaEarth, India’s first toxic chemicals-free brand. (Season 1)
  8. Ashneer Grover(S1) – The Ex-co founder of BharatPe and the most honest shark with vast market knowledge. (Season 1)

Where to watch Shark Tank India?

With the first episode of Shark Tank India airing on 20th December 2021, there have been in total 35 Shark Tank India episodes in Season 1. Shark Tank India Season 2 started airing on 2nd January 2023 and is still running. The show is available for viewers on TV on Sony TV, the OTT platform of Sonlylivindia and the Youtube channel of SET India. The reality TV show had several aspiring entrepreneurs, or startup founders, come up to the sharks to pitch their products or services. Many of these potential small companies received fair amounts of investments from the sharks to help their business grow and now are showing great signs of growth. 

Many startups saw massive growth in sales and overall profits after Shark Tank Season 1. Companies which initially showed minimum profits got investments and expertise from the sharks and are now showing tremendous profits. The growth stories of these startups are quite inspiring and so is the success story of Akbar Travels, one of India’s beloved travel companies.

The Success Story of Akbar Travels

Mr K. V. Abdul Nazar - Founder, Chairman and Managing Director, Akbar Group
Mr K. V. Abdul Nazar – Founder, Chairman and Managing Director, Akbar Group

What started as a small-scale travel agency with a 350 sq. ft office space has today transformed or rather grown into an all-out global travel behemoth. The phenomenal growth and success of the company are on account of the vision and direction of our Founder, Chairman and Managing Director Mr K. V. Abdul Nazar. The esteemed Akbar Group is today a leading travel company across the globe as it offers services related to travel and beyond. The several wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Akbar group include – Akbar Travels of India, Akbar Travels Online, Akbar Holidays, Akbar Forex, Akbar Car Rental, Benzy Travels & Tours, Benzy Holidays, Benzy Transport Corporation and many others. 

Akbar Travels not only helps its customers travel the world but even has its own offices spread across the world. With offices spreading in India, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Malaysia, USA, UK and Italy, millions of customers prefer to pick the Akbar brand as their first choice for all their travel needs. 

We take care of all travel-related needs, offline as well as online, may it be flights, hotels, visas, holiday packages, buses, cruises and much more. Apart from services, we go beyond to get the best travel deals for our customers such as SWADES (Tuesday domestic flight offer), PARDES (Thursday international flight offer) and Zero Convenience Fee offer on Wednesdays among other money-saving deals and offers.

With so many years of experience in the travel industry, Akbar Travels is the one-stop shop for all your travel-related needs. 

Which story/business idea of Shark Tank inspired you? Do you have your own success story to share? We’d love to hear! Comment below. 

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