"Shark Tank," an exciting new reality show that, in these trying economic times, gives budding entrepreneurs a chance to make their dreams come true and become successful - and possibly wealthy - business people.
The Sharks hear a pitch from an inner-city schoolteacher (Mark Furigay from Chicago, Illinois) who has a unique way to get kids to learn. Sensing that a gourmet food business is about to make it big, the owner (Susan Knapp from Napa Valley, California) watches as the Sharks fight it out for a piece of her business. Also, the Sharks are so impressed with a life-saving idea that an astonishing one million dollar offer is made. Will this headstrong entrepreneur accept the offer or will his ego stand in the way?
An entrepreneurial newbie comes to the Shark Tank with high hopes for her kitchen accessory, but her presentation is less than stellar. Will the Sharks shred her vision to pieces or will there be a Shark fight to get a piece of the idea? A passionate stay-at-home mom (Lori Lite from Marietta, Georgia) with her own line of self-published children's books seeks much-needed funds to grow her business. Also, a father and son business team impress the Sharks with a revolutionary new musical product, but their need to control could derail the opportunity to make a fortune.
An entrepreneur originally from Ghana (now living in Maryland) comes to the Shark Tank seeking an investment for an internet business which is his shot at the American Dream. Other entrepreneurs who hope their business ideas will sharpen the Sharks' appetites include a man from northern California who wants to franchise his successful graffiti removal service -- but he fights back when the Sharks want to control his business and make him their employee -- and two women from Studio City, California who work the Sharks into a frenzy over their lucrative childcare product -- but a last-minute wrinkle in the offer may blow the entire deal.
Three of the Sharks go in on a deal together for an innovative internet company with two brothers from Brazil (Rodolfo and Alexis Saccoman, who now live in Palm Beach, Florida and San Francisco, California, respectively). But just before the deal is sealed, a battle ensues and one of the Sharks is ousted. An eccentric, life-long entrepreneur named Cactus Jack (aka Jack Barringer from Ames, Iowa), who has never had a regular job in his life, comes to the Shark Tank in order to get an investment for his latest fitness device, but he must make a huge, personal sacrifice if he wants to do business.
Two Washington DC lobbyists come to the Shark Tank for bail-out money to fund their fledging BBQ sauce business; and the Sharks may have met their match when a young entrepreneur from Chicago with an innovative internet business plays hardball.
When her first opportunity at pitching the Sharks couldn't happen because of devastating news right before her appearance, this charming housewife from Charleston, South Carolina gets another chance and hopes to secure a deal this time around. She sends the Sharks into a feeding frenzy, but Barbara Corcoran -- the only female Shark - thinks her colleagues are behaving like smitten teenage boys rather than savvy business investors. Also, Kevin O'Leary is determined to seal a deal with a college student from Bloomington, Indiana who pitches a product made from soy that he concocts in his mom's kitchen. But the young entrepreneur's idealism and naiveté may get in the way of a deal.
A confident young entrepreneur impresses the sharks with a lucrative line of trendy celebrity fashion accessories. But the Sharks feel he is valuing his company highly and his obnoxious over-confidence could blow a deal. Also, Kevin O'Leary shows just how much he doesn't like to lose: He is so distraught at being outbid by another Shark on a deal, he follows the entrepreneurs out of the Shark Tank in an attempt to get the last word.
Kevin O'Leary takes a dare from his fellow Sharks and bites into a veterinarian's product that claims to prevent cancer in pets. Later on, the Sharks enter a huge sphere to experience first-hand the entrepreneurs' virtual arcade; and four of the five Sharks hope to talk Barbara out of making what they think is a bad deal. Other business pitches include an outspoken designer from Houston, Texas who challenges the Sharks to invest in her line of fashionable clothing for women.