Shark Tank India Online: The Essex MBA

Entrepreneurs and business practitioners of India, take on the challenge thrown down by our MBA sharks and pitch your business idea for a chance to be considered for a 100% scholarship to The Essex MBA.

  • Fri 24 Apr 20

    11:00 - 13:45

  • Online

  • Event type

    Networking or social
    Shark Tank

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

    Neal Robertson

Join Essex Business School for Shark Tank India Online where entrepreneurs and business practitioners can pitch to our sharks (scroll down to meet the sharks) to win a 100% scholarship on to The Essex MBA


Register for Shark Tank India Online Shark Tank India Online: The Essex MBA

Shark Tank Details

Why take part?

The winner of Shark Tank India Online will be considered for a possible 100% scholarship for the full-time Essex MBA programme for October 2020 entry. The scholarship will be awarded as a discount on your fee.*

Even if you’re not the winner, you may still receive a scholarship offer as your attendance at the event will act as your MBA admissions interview, meaning by taking part you will automatically be considered for the MBA Dean’s Award.

You will have the opportunity to make an impression on the Director of the Essex MBA, Professor Nicolas Forsans, and receive career advice and advice on your own business ideas.

What do I need to do?

Our sharks would like to hear your business idea. Following the format of the TV show Shark Tank you’ll deliver a short pitch based on a business idea.

At the start of their pitch each candidate will be asked to summarise their business idea in the form of a one minute elevator pitch. You’ll then spend around five minutes expanding your ideas by presenting your idea using the ‘business canvas’ template that we will supply. Finally our sharks will then have a few minutes to ask you questions. Check back soon as we’ll be updating this page with more detailed instructions and top tips (these will also be sent by email to registered candidates).

You should aim to demonstrate the passion, energy and positivity that will make you feel at home as part of the Essex MBA. Remember, it’s more about you as an individual and potential MBA candidate than the actual product, service or other business you are pitching. 

Before the pitch you will have the opportunity to find out more about Essex, Essex Business School and The Essex MBA by joining the 'Shark Tank India Online Welcome'webinar. Details of the webinar will be shared with you once you register for the event.

What if pitching isn't for me?

Our sharks would love to see you pitch an idea; remember it doesn’t need to be a polished business plan or a completely unique idea.

You could pitch about anything! However, if you definitely don’t want to pitch then you are still very welcome to register for the event, please prepare a copy of your CV and be ready to chat to us about your reasons for wanting to study the Essex MBA and your previous work and study experiences.

Do I have to be interested in the MBA to take part?

The pitch time slots are reserved for those who are considering studying an MBA in the UK, with the winning pitch being considered for a fully funded place on the course starting in 2020.

If this isn’t for you then you will not be able to pitch.

I'm an Essex offer holder

If you’re holding an offer for any undergraduate or postgraduate course at Essex Business School then please get in touch with us on ebs@essex.ac.uk.

*Terms and Conditions

  • The winning pitch will be decided by the panel at or after the event, whose decision is final.
  • The candidate who presented the winning pitch will be invited to apply for The Essex MBA if they have not done so already. This is a one year programme to be taught full-time, on campus at University of Essex, United Kingdom. The candidate will have to meet all standard entry requirements in order to be offered a place on the programme.
  • Standard entry requirements for the programme include an expectation to have at least three years of relevant, professional work experience, post-graduation, at the time of application. Undergraduate degree requirements and English language requirements also apply. Find out more about the entry criteria.
  • The winning candidate must also meet the requirements of the UKCISA in order to have the right to study in the UK.
  • If the winning candidate meets the requirements above and receives an offer to study on the course, then they will also be offered The Essex MBA Dean’s Award to the value of up to 100%. This will be awarded as a discount on the tuition fee. The remaining fee and all other costs of study will be the responsibility of the candidate.
  • The candidate must accept their offer and enrol in the October 2020 intake to be eligible for The Essex MBA Dean’s Award.
  • All standard terms and conditions of The Essex MBA Dean’s Award will also apply. Find out more about The Essex MBA Dean's Award
  • Upon request, other candidates at the event may also be considered for entry to the programme and for The Essex MBA Dean’s Award. This includes those who chose not to pitch but still attended the event. The offer and award given to such candidate may be the same or different to the winning candidate.
  • The University of Essex reserves the right to not issue the prize if no candidate at the event is deemed suitable.

Schedule (timings in IST)*
15.30 Welcome webinar
Welcome webinar and Q&A
16.00 Introducing our Sharks
Introductory presentation on the Essex MBA (MBA Director, Professor Nicolas Forsans). Meet our Sharks and housekeeping about how this online event will take place
16.45 Pitches
Pitches to the sharks (We’ll contact you after sign up to assign you a 10 minute slot, subject to availability. If all slots are full we may place you on a waiting list.)
18:15 Close

*This schedule is subject to change. The final timings will be communicated to all registered candidates by email in advance of the event.


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Neal Robertson Essex Business School Marketing and Recruitment Officer