Fund­ing for me

SA is get­ting its own ver­sion of real­ity show Shark Tank, but who will be in the choppy wa­ters with the bud­ding busi­ness­peo­ple?

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Hi tv­plus. What’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den? I see they share a judge and a sim­i­lar con­cept

– MAR­CIA, MIDRAND.

The lo­cal ver­sion of the busi­ness-themed real­ity shows ac­tu­ally share two judges. In both shows, dar­ing con­tes­tants present their in­no­va­tive busi­ness ideas to a panel of judges (the “sharks” and “dragons”) who will po­ten­tially fund their project. They’re then cri­tiqued on these ideas, pre­sen­ta­tions, per­sonal at­tributes and sales info. The con­cept for both shows is nearly iden­ti­cal, but the most no­table dif­fer­ence is that on Shark Tank, the pro­duc­ers have al­ready spent the time look­ing into the back­grounds of the entrepreneurs so the “sharks” know the per­son’s his­tory be­fore the pitch. On the other hand, Dragon’s Den is fo­cused more on the deal it­self. For­mer Dragon’s Den SA (2015) judges Gil Oved and Vinny Ling­ham have joined the up­com­ing sea­son of Shark Tank SA (2016- cur­rent). Join­ing them are multi-mil­lion­aire se­rial en­trepreneur Mar­nus Broodryk, renowned busi­ness­woman Dawn NathanJones and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions ex­pert and com­mer­cial strate­gist Romeo Ku­malo. Dragon’s Den SA sea­son 1 aired on Mzansi Magic and the chan­nel says that they will ad­vise us should the show re­turn to its sched­ules, but there are cur­rently no plans to bring it back for a sec­ond sea­son.

Shark Tank SA’s Romeo Ku­malo.

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