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?
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.