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The Shark Tank Effect

The hit reality TV show where entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to a panel of successful investors, has been a staple of American television for over a decade. The show has helped launch countless businesses and turn entrepreneurs into household names. However, the path to a Shark Tank deal is not an easy one. In fact, the odds of landing a deal on the show are incredibly low.

First, it's important to understand the sheer volume of applicants the show receives. According to Shark Tank executive producer Clay Newbill, the show receives over 50,000 applications per season. That's a lot of competition! And that's just the first hurdle.

Once an application is submitted, it goes through a rigorous screening process, where only a small percentage of applicants are selected to move on to the next round. According to Newbill, only about 2,000 applicants are selected to participate in the show's audition process. That's a 4% acceptance rate, which is lower than the acceptance rate of many Ivy League universities!

After the audition process, only a select few are chosen to appear on the show. On average, around 100 entrepreneurs are featured on Shark Tank per season. That's just a 2% acceptance rate from the initial pool of applicants.

But the odds don't get any better once you're on the show. According to data from Shark Tank Blog, only about 10% of the entrepreneurs who appear on the show end up landing a deal with one of the Sharks. That's just a 0.2% acceptance rate from the initial pool of applicants.

It's clear that the road to a Shark Tank deal is a difficult one. But for those who do make it to the show and land a deal, the exposure and investment can be life-changing. It's important to remember that the show is just one of many ways to secure funding and grow a business. And even if a Shark Tank deal doesn't happen, the experience of pitching to the Sharks and getting feedback on your business can be valuable in and of itself.

In conclusion, while the odds of getting on Shark Tank are incredibly low, the potential rewards can be huge. It's important to remember that, regardless of whether you land a deal on the show or not, the experience of pitching to the Sharks can be a valuable learning experience.

Slick Barrier entrepreneur's Aaron Gonzales and Tony Gonzales will be appearing on ABC's hit show Shark Tank Friday January 27th at 8pm Eastern (check your local time zone). To learn more about Slick Barrier go to

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