Shark Tank SA Makes a Splash
The reality show is based on the two-time Emmy award-winning US series produced by Mark Burnett – the creator of Survivor US and the Celebrity Apprentice.
Aspiring local entrepreneurs who want to make a splash in the cutthroat world of business in South Africa now have the perfect opportunity with the brand new production from M-Net. In Shark Tank South Africa dreamers with big business ideas will have the opportunity to pitch to get funding to some well-known and highly respected business moguls sourced from around the country. From start-up businesses, to product ideas and inventions, anything and everything is welcomed in the shark tank.
Budding business hopefuls will have the opportunity to get funding for their enterprises. But first, they must persuade a panel of cutthroat sharks that their business is worth an investment. If more than one shark takes the bait, it can lead to a bidding war. Then the entrepreneurs get to decide which shark is offering them the best deal. Their only hurdle is to convince the panel that it will be worth their while to bankroll their business.
If you’re wondering what makes Shark Tank SA different to Dragon’s Den, simply put it’s the turbo-charged version of Dragon’s Den. The two shows are different versions of the same reality show concept.
Meet the Sharks
We’re delighted to reveal the five business moguls who will be on the panel in M-Net’s new reality television series:
The first shark to take the hot seat is VC and co-founder of Silicon Cape, Vinny Lingham. He is a renowned internet entrepreneur who is currently moving and shaking the world of IT in California’s Silicon Valley.
Next in the Tank is none other than the group co-CEO of The Creative Counsel, Gil Oved. With an annual turnover of over R700 Million Gil has an overwhelming sense of knowledge and insight in business and is excited to invest in a budding entrepreneur.
From rags to riches to M-Net Shark Tank is our third shark on the panel, Marnus Broodryk. He is the affluent CEO of The Beancounter and made his first million by the young age of 24. Now he’ll be cultivating the next generation of self-made millionaires on Shark Tank SA.
“Innovation and the right attitude will play a key role for me. I want to support people who can shake up whatever field they’re in for the good of everyone involved” says Dawn Nathan-Jones. She is the fourth business leader to join Vinny, Gil and Marnus in the hot seat.
Our last shark to join the panel is well-known telecommunications expert, media personality and commercial strategist Romeo Khumalo. He will be investing his own money into the plans and products of young aspiring creatives who he believes have what it takes to create lucrative businesses.
You can catch the first episode of Shark Tank SA broadcast on M-Net channel 101 from Sunday, 2 October at 18:00.