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Shark Tank India: Giving Wings To Budding Indian Entrepreneurs

Shark Tank India: Giving Wings To Budding Indian Entrepreneurs

The Indian franchise of the American show Shark Tank, Shark Tank India, has been the talk of the town for a long now, with almost every GenZ and millennial applauding it.

It shows aspiring entrepreneurs pitching their business models to a panel of investors or “sharks,” as we call them, who evaluate the pros or cons of each business and decide whether or not to invest in them.


The panel consists of the following Sharks:

  • Ashneer Grover: Managing Director and co-founder of BharatPe
  • Aman Gupta: Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of boAt
  • Anupam Mittal: Founder and CEO of Shaadi.com and People Group
  • Ghazal Alagh: Co-founder and chief of MamaEarth
  • Namita Thapar: Executive Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals
  • Peyush Bansal: Co-founder and CEO of Lenskart
  • Vineeta Singh: CEO and co-founder of SUGAR Cosmetics

Shark Tank India: Giving Wings To Budding Indian Entrepreneurs

Needless to say, we, just like the rest of the GenZ and millennials, got “invested” in the show as well. So here’s a list of our most favorite young entrepreneurs from Shark Tank India.

Shark Tank India: Giving Wings To
Budding Indian Entrepreneurs

Heart Up My Sleeves

Heart Up My Sleeves

Featured In: Season 1 Episode 1
Founder: Riya Khattar
Asked For: ₹25 lakhs for 10% equity
Final Deal: ₹25 lakhs 30% equity
Investors: Vineeta Singh and Anupam Mittal

23-year-old Riya Khattar founded Heart Up My Sleeves which is a clothing company that manufactures statement sleeves. The sleeves are unique and reusable so that instead of wearing a new dress for each occasion, a woman can use these wearable and detachable sleeves and add a new look to the same dress with different sleeves. They have also worked with a bunch of celebrities such as Hansika Motwani and Neha Kakkar.

Bummer

Bummer

Featured In: Season 1 Episode 4
Founder: Sulay Lavsi
Asked For: ₹75 lakhs for 4% equity
Final Deal: ₹75 lakhs for 7.5% equity
Investors: Aman Gupta and Namita Thapar

The bummer is an Indian innerwear brand based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, founded by Sulay Lavsi. This Indian brand offers a wide collection of innerwear ranging from Bikinis, Boy Shorts, Boxers, Trunks, Hipsters, and Briefs in bold and quirky colors and offers to match innerwear for couples as well. Bummer provides a sustainable and eco-friendly fabric which are made of ultra-soft micro modal fibers extracted from beechwood trees.

Nuutjob

Nuutjob

Founder: Ananya Maloo and Anushree Maloo
Featured In: Season 1 Episode 10
Asked For: ₹25 lakh for 5% equity
Final Deal: ₹25 lakh for 20% equity
Investors: Peyush Bansal, Namita Thapar & Aman Gupta

Founded by sisters Anushree and Ananya, Nuutjob is a male cosmetics and personal care brand that came up with male intimate hygiene products Nuutwash (Intimate Nut, Butt, Body and Hair Wash), Nuutguard (Intimate Liquid Powder), Nuutfresh (Intimate Sack Spray). They aim to educate and spread awareness about male hygiene through their simple, natural, and easy-to-use products. While topics related to sex and intimacy still remain taboo in India, it’s been refreshing to see the Maloo sisters taking charge unapologetically and coming up with these products.

EventBeep

EventBeep

Featured In: Season 1 Episode 10
Founder: Rakhi Pal, Venkatesh Prasad V M and Saurabh Mangrulkar
Asked For: ₹30 lakh for 2% equity
Final Deal: ₹30 lakh for 3% equity
Investors: Aman Gupta, Peyush Bansal & Ashneer Grover

EventBeep is a social networking mobile application available on both Android and iOS platforms aimed at uniting the student community of India. The main focus of this app is to bring together students from different colleges from IIT to Amity and provide them with a platform where they can interact with their pals, participate in various challenges, play quizzes and earn exciting rewards.

Find your Kicks India

Find your Kicks India

Featured In: Season 1 Episode 16
Founder: Simardeep Singh, Danish Chawla, and Harshdeep Singh
Asked For: ₹50 lakh for 10% equity
Final Deal: ₹50 lakh for 25% equity
Investors: Ashneer Grover, Peyush Bansal, Namita Thapar, Aman Gupta & Anupam Mittal

FindYourKicksIndia is a reseller aggregator platform where you can buy every limited and hyped sneaker of your size and comfort without worrying about the sneakers being fake since every sneaker is thoroughly checked by the Find Your Kicks India team before being sent to the buyer. The founders who refer to themselves as “sneaker-heads” came up with this idea as an alternative for buying sneakers from resale markets.

Vivalyf Innovations

Vivalyf Innovations

Featured In: Season 1 Episode 8
Founder: Duvvuru Varshitha and Vimal Kumar
Asked For: ₹56 lakhs for 7.5% equity
Final Deal: ₹56 lakhs for 33.3% equity
Investors: Peyush Bansal & Anupam Mittal

20-year-old Duvvuru Varshitha who’s a type 1 diabetic patient came up with Easy-Life a no-blood, no-pain, and non-invasive one-time investment device which can check your glucose levels along with 25-year-old Vimal Kumar. Considering India is the Diabetic capital of the world and with 7 crores Indians suffering from the same, Easy-Life is definitely one of those innovations which are not just noble but also the need of the hour.

Motion breeze

Motion breeze

Featured In: Season 1 Episode 8
Founder: Anantraj Tomar & Shivrajsinh Tomar
Asked For: ₹30 lakhs for 3% equity
Final Deal: ₹30 lakhs for 6% equity
Investors: Ashneer Grover

Breeze is an electric motorcycle of the premium category with a customer-centric version and price range by Motion. Along with traits like adaptability, performance, co-operation, feedback, and utility, Breeze also is the world’s first Adaptive Posture Smart Electric motorcycle. Being an electric motorcycle reduces carbon emissions while also giving a required performance to the rider.

Farda

Farda

Featured In: Season 1 Episode 11
Founder: Chahat Pahuja and Sanskar Mishra
Asked For: ₹30 lakhs for 10% equity
Final Deal: ₹30 lakhs for 20% equity
Investors: Aman Gupta and Namita Thapar

21-year-old Chahat Pahuja and Sanskar Mishra from Nagpur city came up with Farda, a premium custom streetwear brand for people to wear art that truly represents them. In order to promote art, individualism, and slow fashion, all of the exclusive designs offered will be carefully designed and tailored by local artists by hand. By choosing the name Farda which means “tomorrow” in Urdu, the founders refer to their brand as the “tomorrow of fashion”.

Shark Tank India is in the limelight for a good reason. With such innovative young minds among us, it is very important to provide them with a platform to pitch their business ideas and models and to motivate and believe in them. While the young entrepreneurs walk away satisfied with gaining both an investor and a mentor for their businesses, it is also bringing about a positive influence on India as a developing country, in dire need of more ambitious and innovative entrepreneurs.

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