Essex MBA Shark Tank (Latin America)

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

  • Thu 18 Feb 21

    13:00 - 16:00

  • Online

  • Event type

    Networking or social
    Shark Tank

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

    Neal Robertson

Join Essex Business School for our version of Shark Tank, where entrepreneurs and business practitioners of Latin America can pitch to win a scholarship to The Essex MBA.

Take on the challenge.

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. A full brief will 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 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 welcome webinar. Details of the webinar will be shared with you once you register for the event.

Why take part?

The winner of Essex MBA Virtual Shark Tank (Latin America) will be considered for a scholarship for the full-time Essex MBA programme for October 2021 entry. The scholarship will be awarded as a discount on your fee and could be worth up to 100%.*

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.

Email us to request your place at Shark Tank

 You can request a place at Shark Tank by emailing us. Your email should include:

  • An explanation of why you want to study the Essex MBA (100-200 words)
  • A brief description of the business idea you would like to pitch (50-100 words)
  • An up to date copy of your CV


Shark Tank Details

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!

If you definitely don’t want to pitch then you won’t be able to participate on the day, however you can find out more about the Essex MBA by emailing us to book an individual Zoom or phone call with a member of the team.

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 generous scholarship to start the course in 2021. 

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

If I've already had an interview, can I still take part?

Unfortunately, if you’ve already been interviewed for The Essex MBA then you won’t be able to take part in this event. However keep an eye on your emails for an opportunity to meet the MBA Director, Professor Nicolas Forsans, in an exclusive online event for offer holders. 

I have an offer for a different Essex course

If you’re holding an offer for any other 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 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, by 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 agreed by the panel. 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 2021 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. The offer and award given to such candidates 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 GMT)*
13.00 Registration Process
Join the welcome session and Q&A
13.30 Introducing the Essex MBA and 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
14.15 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.)
16.00 Close


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