Startups have already taken over the world and will soon take over reality television as well. MTV has launched India’s first startup reality show called ‘Dropout’ that will focus on mentoring new startups and take their journey forward.
The show will be hosted by the infamous combo Raghu Ram and Rajiv Lakshman who were also the anchors of the youth driven reality show Roadies. This new show will aim at empowering the truants of the country to achieve their startup dreams and will be aired in the upcoming months.
The show will include mentorship from India’s leading entrepreneurs including the founder of ShopClues and Droom, Sandeep Aggarwal. The panel will also include the CEO and founder of MyDala.com, Anisha Singh. CEO and cofounder of GAMES2WIN, Alok Kejriwal will be the third and final jury member.
The show is supposedly inspired by the famous American reality television series Shark Tank that provides mentorship and financial help for aspiring entrepreneurs. True to its name all three panel members have dropped out of regular lifestyles to become the successful entrepreneurs of today.
Sandeep Aggarwal, owned online auto marketplace Droom, is the official title sponsor for the show. Speaking about the show, Aggarwal said he has always been extremely grateful to the entrepreneurs, innovators and guides who helped him out in various capacities and therefore would like to pass the same to the participants.
The show will portray those dropouts who pursued an alternate, nonconventional idea with belief and pride and test their mettle in front of the experienced panel of mentors. The show will consist of a series of episodes after which globally renowned industrialists, investors and iconic economic personalities such as Ratan Tata, Anand Mahindra, Ronnie Screwala, Anil Ambani and Azim Premji will select the winner.
A similar TV series called The Vault was launched last year that gave promising entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of investors and possibly get funded on the spot. Registrations for MTV Dropout are now open.