18th November, Mumbai: The wait is finally over as the World’s No.1 Business Reality show – Shark Tank is gearing up for its very first season in India that will reinvigorate the Indian entrepreneur ecosystem. Shark Tank India will provide an opportunity and a platform to entrepreneurs with interesting business ideas, business prototypes or active businesses that will be evaluated by business experts a.k.a The Sharks. Taking the excitement, a notch higher and finally answering the most asked question i.e. ‘Who are the Sharks’ of Shark Tank India, Sony Entertainment Television unveiled the Sevens Sharks.
Meet the Sharks who will mentor, invest and provide a vision for these budding entrepreneurs on the show that is set to take India by storm:
*Ashneer Grover – Founder and Managing Director of BharatPe*
An alumnus of IIT Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad, Ashneer Grover, Founder and Managing Director of BharatPe is a seasoned professional with strong strategic vision and proven expertise across domains in both start-ups and top-tier organizations. He has been a part of renowned companies like Kotak Investment Bank and American Express before starting his own venture- BharatPe. Ashneer is an active investor with 55 investments in startups. He is also a LP (Investor) in 2 USA based funds- Ribbit Capital and Left Lane Partners. Ashneer will invest in disruptive ideas and mentor India’s budding entrepreneurs.
*Vineeta Singh – CEO & Co-founder of SUGAR Cosmetics*
Vineeta Singh is the CEO & Co-founder of SUGAR Cosmetics, India’s fastest growing beauty brand that clocked over 500 Crores in annualized sales within 6 years of launch. With a distribution network of over 35000+ branded retail outlets in more than 130+ cities and all leading online stores, SUGAR is a cult-favourite of millenials and Gen Z. Vineeta is an alumnus of IIT Madras, IIM Ahmedabad and is also an IRONMAN triathlete and Comrades ultramarathoner.
*Peeyush Bansal – Founder & CEO of Lenskart.com*
Peyush Bansal has established himself as a passionate entrepreneur and an expert in the eyewear industry. With his unique ability to connect the dots from strategy to tactics, he laid the foundation of Lenskart.com in November 2010. The company, since then, has been driven to success with an aim to provide vision to the world. Under his dynamic leadership, Lenskart has emerged as the industry leader in its category.
*Namita Thapar – Executive Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals*
An alumnus of the Fuqua School of Business and a Chartered Accountant from ICAI, Namita Thapar is the Executive Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals. Post her 6-year stint at Guidant Corporation, USA, Namita joined Emcure as CFO and currently heads Emcure’s India Business. Emcure Pharmaceuticals, a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Pune has a group turnover of 6000 crores ($750 million) and has its presence in over 70 countries with an employee strength of over 10,000. Namita is a recipient of various prestigious corporate awards and has been constantly moving the needle to improve women’s health and promote youth entrepreneurship in India.
*Anupam Mittal – Founder and CEO of Shaadi.com – People Group*
Anupam started his entrepreneurial journey by founding People Group, which created businesses such as Shaadi.com, Makaan.com and Mauj Mobile. Today, the group is recognized as one of the most innovative enterprises in the country. Besides his operational role, Anupam is also an active angel investor with over 200 investments such as Ola, Big Basket, Interactive Avenues, FarEye, Druva, Quizzez, PropTiger, DocsApp, Rupeek, Porter, Trell, Lets Venture, Animall, Jupiter, Zeni, Chalo, Rapido, Agnikul, Mobiqwik, and others. Voted by Business Week as one of India’s 50 Most influential People in India, Anupam is passionate about entrepreneurship & innovation and is well regarded for his understanding of the same.
*Ghazal Alagh – Co-founder and Chief Mama of Mamaearth*
A Corporate trainer turned artist-cum-entrepreneur Ghazal Alagh co-founded MamaEarth driven by the passion for making early parenting stress-free. Being a millennial, she understands the psychology and personal care products requirements and works closely with a large number of consumers to develop products that address problems they face on a daily basis. Ghazal’s overarching vision is to make this world a better and safer place with toxin-free, MadeSafe-certified products for everyone. Having straddled three different roles —a corporate trainer, an artist, and a mother— Ghazal has a diverse skillset that helps her build the MamaEarth brand in such a unique way.
*Aman Gupta – Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at boAt*
Driven by passion, Aman is a born hustler who loves building brands. Before co-founding boAt, Aman was associated with Citi Financial, KPMG, and Harman International (JBL), where he oversaw a portfolio of consumer electronics brands. Cross-functional experience with global brands helped build insights and spot a market opportunity. Recognising the need for smart, superior quality, stylish, and durable mobile & audio accessories Aman launched boAt (Parent company- Imagine Marketing Pvt. Ltd.) in 2016. Under Aman’s leadership boAt has been defying barriers in a sector dominated by established global brands. Today, boAt is India’s No.1 earwear brand and has placed the country on the global map by becoming the 5th largest wearable brand alongside Apple and Samsung. Recipient of the Economic Times and BW Business World’s 40 under 40 Award, IAMAI’s Super 30 CMO Award, as well as Entrepreneur India’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Aman is regarded as a thought leader in his industry.