A TASTE OF WHAT THE SHARKS WERE FED

Herald Sun - Switched On - - COVER STORY - SHAN­NON MOL­LOY EN­TER­TAIN­MENT WRITER

Each week, a group of bud­ding en­trepreneurs fronted up to pitch their unique idea to a panel of five self-made mil­lion­aires, in hopes of snar­ing an in­vest­ment.

Many of the prod­ucts and ser­vices pre­sented on Shark Tank im­pressed, some were soso and a cou­ple were plain bad. As the fi­nale of the hit show nears, the sharks de­liver their ver­dicts on the best and worst mo­ments of the first sea­son.

BEST IDEA

Steve Bax­ter: Res­cue Swag — a mul­ti­pur­pose first aid kit that dou­bles as a sling, splint, com­pres­sion de­vice and wa­ter car­rier, with space for a per­sonal lo­cat­ing bea­con. John McGrath: Ranchero Salsa — Mex­i­can hot sauces. An­drew Banks: Bot­tle-pops — themed bot­tle open­ers that make sounds. Ja­nine Al­lis: The Scrubba Wash Bag — a small por­ta­ble wash­ing ma­chine. Its cre­ator Ash New­land knew his num­bers, busi­ness and di­rec­tion. Naomi Sim­son: PB Con­veyor Tray — a pro­to­type of a con­veyor belt that fits in the tray of any truck.

WORST PITCH

Steve: I won’t say much but it in­volved toi­let lids, au­to­ma­tion and a very, very en­thu­si­as­tic in­ven­tor. John: I think Rent Re­sume wasn’t a strong of­fer­ing, com­pared to oth­ers we saw. An­drew: We Teach Me — on­line learn­ing ag­gre­ga­tor that was an in­ter­est­ing busi­ness, but the struc­ture and pitch were bad. Ja­nine: I agree — We Teach Me. A great idea but a bad pre­sen­ta­tion. Naomi: Scope My Project. A bit of hu­mil­ity goes a long way.

BEST GET

Steve: A tie be­tween Bot­tle-pops and Scrubba Wash Bag. John: Ruby and Ollie’s All Abil­i­ties Child­care. An­drew: Bot­tle-pops. Ja­nine: Scrubba Wash Bag. The op­por­tu­ni­ties are very ex­cit­ing. Naomi: Grown Eye­wear. SHARK TANK FI­NALE, CHAN­NEL 10, SUN­DAY, 9PM

Judges Steve Bax­ter, Ja­nine Al­lis, An­drew Banks, Naomi Sim­son and John McGrath.

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