Shark Tank India Judges Trivia: Everything You Need to Know
You’re excited for Shark Tank India. And why shouldn’t one be?
It’s like the ‘launch of KBC’ for our generation, but better. Just like KBC brought small-town dreams to small screens (and the prize money fulfilled it), Sony’s latest show - Shark Tank India brings the opportunity to get funded - literally the dream of every other startup entrepreneur.
Everyone who was waiting for Shark Tank India had the same question in mind:
Who will be the judges on Shark Tank India?
Sony revealed Shark Tank India judges in mid-November after months of silence about who’ll be the Sharks.
The judges announcement came as a delight for Shark Tank fans in India. Sony carefully chose some of the most dynamic personalities from the Indian startup ecosystem to judge Shark Tank India season 1.
Here are the Sharks:
- Ashneer Grover - Founder & Managing Director, Bharatpe
- Vineeta Singh - Co-founder & CEO, SUGAR Cosmetics
- Peeyush Bansal - Founder & CEO, Lenskart.com
- Namita Thapar - Executive Director, Emcure Pharmaceuticals
- Ghazal Alagh - Co-founder and Chief Mama, Mamaearth
- Aman Gupta - Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer, boAt
You might have known them, followed them, admired them, or even adored them. But many entrepreneurs aren’t too much into following the who’s who. This blog is for entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts who want to know more about Shark Tank India judges. So, let’s begin looking at them, one by one.
Table of Contents
- Who are the judges in Shark Tank India?
- Ashneer Grover, MD and Co-founder - BharatPe
- Vineeta Singh, CEO and Co-founder - SUGAR Cosmetics
- Peyush Bansal, Founder & CEO - Lenskart.com
- Namita Thapar, Executive Director - Emcure Pharmaceuticals
- Anupam Mittal, Founder & CEO - Shaadi.com
- Ghazal Alagh, Co-founder and Chief Mama - Mamaearth
- Aman Gupta, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer - boAt
- How much have the judges invested in Shark Tank India?
- More Resources on Shark Tank India Judges
- Final Words
Who are the judges in Shark Tank India?
Ashneer Grover, ex-MD and co-founder - BharatPe
If you keep an eye on India’s Fintech space, you’d have seen, heard and read from Ashneer sometime for sure. The co-founder & Managing Director of BharatPe - India’s leading payment solutions, Ashneer is known to be an active investor with approximately 23 startups investments across industries.
Ashneer was ousted as the MD of BharatPe after allegations of misuse of company funds for personal uses, among other charges. He stands to stay as an independent VC as of now, and is said to be working on his next project.
Ashneer’s Public Investments
According to Crunchbase, Ashneer has invested in 15 startups. His most recent investment was in HireQuotient. He invested $1.8mn in the PreSeed round in December 2021.
According to an interview given to Moneycontrol, Ashneer shared he is an avid investor with investments in 23 investments and 2 VC funds - Ribbit Capital & Vinni Pujji’s Fund.
Ashneer Grover's Investments on Shark Tank India
Ashneer was quite an active shark at Shark Tank India Season 1. He joined hands with almost all the sharks on the show to do diversified investments in 21 brands featured on Shark Tank India.
His investment, Skippi Ice Pops is said to be the biggest success story of Shark Tank India season 1. It's reported that the brand grew by 40x after getting funded by Ashneer Grover at Shark Tank India.
Industries Favored by Ashneer Grover on Shark Tank India
- EV & Mobility
Discover the complete list of investments by Ashneer Grover on Shark Tank India Season 1
More on Ashneer Grover
- Ashneer’s LinkedIn Profile
- Bloomberg Profile
- Ashneer’s CrunchBase profile
- Moneycontrol Interview on Startup Investments
- Ashneer’s Interview on Startup IPO Frenzy in India
Vineeta Singh, CEO and Co-founder - SUGAR Cosmetics
You’d remember Vineeta from Week Magazine’s cover as the IIM alumnus who turned down a 1-crore package in 2007. She went on to launch SUGAR Cosmetics with Kaushik Mukharjee in 2015, which is now one of the leading Indian cosmetic brands.
Vineeta’s Public Investments
There’s no public information on Vineeta’s startup investment portfolio as of now. It would be interesting to look at her picks this season.
Vineeta Singh's Investments on Shark Tank India
Vineeta Singh became a popular Shark among contestants and audience after the Season. Her chirpiness won her quite some brownie points. She invested in 7 different brands and businesses on Shark Tank India season 1.
Industries Favored by Vineeta Singh on Shark Tank India
- Fashion & Apparel
- Health Drinks
Discover the complete list of investments by Vineeta Singh on Shark Tank India Season 1
More on Vineeta Singh
- Vineeta Singh’s LinkedIn Profile
- Story of Vineeta Singh - HerZindagi
- Vineeta Singh’s Journey on Times of India
- Vineeta Singh’s Journey on Forbes India
Peyush Bansal, Founder & CEO - Lenskart.com
Peeyush Bansal is a popular name in the Indian startup scene and is the founder & CEO of Lenskart.com. He started Lenskart in 2010 after he quit his job at Microsoft in 2007. He launched a couple of startups between 2007 & 2009 before finally settling in with Lenskart.com.
He won everyone's hearts by being the most empathetic and generous sharks on Shark Tank India Season 1.
Peyush’s Public Investments
According to Crunchbase, Peyush has invested in three startups with the latest one being for Shiprocket in Dec 2021. He invested $185mn in Shiprocket. Other investments include a seed round investment in inFeedo and a venture round in DailyObjects.com.
Peyush Bansal's Investments on Shark Tank India
Peyush Bansal invested in unique ideas, concepts and products which stood out among the competition. His most notable investment was in Jugadu Kamlesh's idea (KG Agrotech), for which he won several hearts.
But he's a serious investor who doesn't just dole out money. His deal with Sid07 designs is a testimony of his seriousness.
Industries Favored by Peyush Bansal on Shark Tank India
- Creativity & Innovation
Discover the complete list of investments by Peyush Bansal on Shark Tank India Season 1
More on Peeyush Bansal
- Peyush’s LinkedIn Profile
- Peyush’s Crunchbase Profile
- 10 Things You Don’t Know about Peyush
- Interview with YourStory
Namita Thapar, Executive Director - Emcure Pharmaceuticals
Namita Thapar is a CA by profession and is the executive director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals. A part of Forty under Forty list by Economic Times, Namita is deeply passionate about entrepreneurship and women’s health.
She even launched a YouTube talk show - Uncondition Yourself with Namita to break stigmas and talk about the issues related to women’s health in 2020.
Namita’s Public Investments
There’s no public information on Namita’s startup investments. However, she heads Incredible Ventures Ltd. - a dedicated education company focused on teaching entrepreneurial skills to young minds.
Namita Thapar's Investments on Shark Tank India
Namita invested in FMCG brands, nutrition brands, fashion and apparel sector, tech businesses, and healthcare startups/brands on Shark Tank India. She invested in 22 different brands featured on Shark Tank India.
Industries Favored by Namita Thapar on Shark Tank India
- Apparel & Fashion
- Hygiene and Safety
Discover the complete list of investments by Namita Thapar on Shark Tank India Season 1
More on Namita Thapar
Anupam Mittal, Founder & CEO - Shaadi.com
If you (or any of your loved ones) have tied the knot in the last two decades, you’d have used Anupam’s portal. Yes, he is the co-founder and CEO of Shaadi.com. He heads People’s Group which launched many similar startups like Makaan.com before it was cool.
Anupam’s Public Investments
Anupam is an avid startup investor with investments in more than 200 startups to date. Some of his investments helped ‘now big’ names like Ola and Big Basket during different stages of their growth journey.
Anupam Mittal's Investments on Shark Tank India
Anupam Mittal got the tag of most decent, soft-spoken, and cultured shark out of all. His business wisdom and patience with the pitchers was widely appreciated. He partnered with all other sharks to invest in almost 23 startups featured on Shark Tank India Season 1.
Industries Favored by Anupam Mittal on Shark Tank India
- Home Decor
- Fashion & Apparel
Discover the complete list of investments by Anupam Mittal on Shark Tank India Season 1
More on Anupam Mittal
- Anupam’s LinkedIn profile
- Anupam’s Crunchbase profile
- Anupam Mittal’s Investment Portfolio on Pitchbook
- Anupam Mittal’s Angel.co Profile
Ghazal Alagh, Co-founder and Chief Mama - Mamaearth
Prior to co-founding Mamaearth with her husband, Ghazal was a corporate trainer. Her brand started out of a personal need (and problem) to find natural and toxin-free products for babies. She has successfully spearheaded Mamaearth and has turned into a household name for mothers all over the country.
Ghazal’s Public Investments
There’s not much information on Ghazal’s startup investments. She participated in the pre-seed round of Uvi Health in July 2021. It would be interesting to see her as a Shark Tank judge.
Ghazal Alagh's Investments on Shark Tank India
Ghazal Alagh joined the tank late and that's the basic reason why she invested in minimum number of startups at the tank. She invested in startups and brands in tech, FMCG and bodycare industry.
Industries Favored by Ghazal Alagh on Shark Tank India
Discover the complete list of investments by Ghazal Alagh on Shark Tank India Season 1
More on Ghazal Alagh
Aman Gupta, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer - boAt
Is there anyone who doesn’t admire boAt as a truly Indian brand? I don’t think so. Aman co-founded the brand along with Sameer Mehta and made it into a global sensation in a short while. He has a knack for lifestyle products and marketing and takes deep interest in everything he does.
Aman’s Public Investments
According to Crunchbase.com, Aman has investments in four startups with the most recent being in Shiprocket series E Round. It’s interesting to note that Varun Alagh - Ghazal’s partner and husband and Peyush Bansal also participated in the same round. It would be interesting to look if they pool in their resources to fund entrepreneurs on the show.
Aman Gupta's Investments on Shark Tank India
Aman Gupta appeared to be the most jolly, fun-loving, and happy-go-lucky Shark out of all. His outwardness was a topic of many memes on social media throughout Season 1. In totality, he invested in 28+ startups in Shark Tank India Season 1.
Industries Favored by Aman Gupta on Shark Tank India
- Fashion & Apparel
- Safety & Hygeine
- Kids Products
Discover the complete list of investments by Aman Gupta on Shark Tank India Season 1
More on Aman Gupta
How much have the judges invested in Shark Tank India?
According to reports and an interview at VCCircle.com, the sharks have successfully funded close to 100 startups over a period of three months. All the money they invest on the show is their personal money and according to Anupam Mittal, the average ticket investment ranged from a few lakhs to a crore.
More Resources on Shark Tank India Judges
- Moneycontrol’s Report on Shark Tank India Judges
- Shark Tank India Judges - Livemint.com
- VCCircle’s Report on Shark Tank India Judges
Just a few minutes are left before the show telecasts for the first time on Indian television as I write this down.
All these sharks are doing commendable work by promoting Indian entrepreneurs on the show. Let’s hope these sharks set an example for other VCs and seed investors who start looking at ideas with more.
Let’s tune into the first episode and see how these sharks start the season. Keep coming back for more updates on the show.