Shark Tank’s Ashneer Grover reveals he flirted with ‘hot junior’ Vineeta Singh in college

Ashneer Grover is the co-founder and former managing director of fintech platform BharatPe. He gained fame after he appeared on the first season of Shark Tank India. He was one of the seven investors on the entrepreneur-based reality show. Ashneer recently gave a lecture at Lovely Professional University where he spoke about his co-judge Vineeta Singh. He revealed that Vineeta was his ‘hot junior’ in college and they used to exchange flirtatious glances.


The Season 1 of Shark Tank was a huge success. Ashneer Grover also gained fame after his stint as an investor on the show. During his lecture at Lovely Professional University, he talked about his co-judges. He said, “I knew Anupam from before. I’d pitched him an idea once, and in the month that he took to get back to me, I accepted somebody else’s investment, so I ended up saying no to him. Vineeta was my junior in IIM; we never spoke but had exchanged flirtatious glances. She was one of those ‘hot juniors’. Aman is a great guy, our ‘auditions’ for the show were held together at my place. Peyush everybody knew from Lenskart, and Namita I met for the first time on the show.”

Ashneer Grover also revealed that the investors weren’t paid anything on Shark Tank India. He said, “None of us went with the intention of making money. Let me tell you the truth, none of us made any money from the show. Some people said that we made 10 lakh per episode, but I’d have been happy with even 5 lakh. The concept of the show is very simple; they believe we have money, and they felt that we all have high-value startups, we’d be able to invest some money on the show. So, they asked us to commit to spending 10 crore each on the show. We said okay. We weren’t paid anything for any episode; in fact, we worked like bonded labour for hours and hours.”


Shark Tank Season 1 created a lot of noise when it first premiered in India last year. The entrepreneur-based reality show is coming back with its second season now. The official social media handles of Sony TV announced on April 30 that the registrations for Shark Tank India Season 2 have started now. The new promo calls for entrepreneurs to register for the reality show.

The official Instagram handle of Sony TV shared a new promo and captioned it, “Are you a budding entrepreneur? If yes, this is your chance to make it big in the world of business! Registrations for #SharkTankIndiaSeason2onSony have begun. Download/Upgrade the SonyLIV app to register your business idea. Link in bio. #SharkTankIndiaRegistrationsopen (sic).”

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India’s established entrepreneurs such as Ashneer Grover, founder and managing director of BharatPe, Vineeta Singh, CEO and co-founder of SUGAR Cosmetics, Peyush Bansal, founder and CEO of, Namita Thapar, executive director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals, Anupam Mittal, founder and CEO of, Ghazal Alagh, co-founder and chief mama of Mamaearth, Aman Gupta, co-founder and chief marketing officer of boAt, invested and developed in the country’s vibrant business aspirants as the Sharks. It remains to be seen if they come back as the sharks for Season 2 or not.

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