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Shark Tank Malta: five judges announced

Shark Tank Malta: five judges announced

As you may have heard, Shark Tank is heading to Malta for the first time and we could not be more excited if we tried. To add to the excitement, the entrepreneurs making up the investor panel have all been confirmed and revealed.

The five people come from various fields, including real estate, construction, renewable energy, pharmaceuticals and hospitalisation and they will be sitting on the panel, as prospective inventors and entrepreneurs will have to convince them to invest in their products and be a part of their dream business.

Let’s meet the sharks.

Michael Bonello

The first shark is Michael Bonello, the CEO of real estate agency Alliance Group, who has a wealth of experience in real estate, as well as expansion strategy. This shark has become a leading figure in the fields where he spearheads an organisation that has more than 160 property advisors across the Maltese Islands.

Mark Bajada

The second shark, Mark Bajada, who runs Bajada New Energy Ltd, has decades of experience in the renewable energy industry in both the commercial and domestic centres. He represents leading brands and has been a key player in Malta’s move towards renewables. His background in developing new technologies could be a benefit for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Mark Weingard

The third shark is Mark Weingard, known for founding the Iniala Beach House, a luxury hotel in Thailand, as well as the Iniala Harbour House and in Valletta. This self-made shark began in 2002, when the loss of his girlfriend inspired him to start a foundation that provides children of bombing victims with help called the Annika Linden Foundation. Percentages of the profits made from the Iniala Beach house, as well as the harbour house are given to his foundation. 

Alexander Fenech

The fourth shark is the CEO of the well-known Brown’s Pharmacy, Alexander Fenech. In Shark Tank Malta, he will be bringing his expertise in the pharmaceutical industry as well as in the research and development of new products. He’ll also be on the search for pitches and products that have the viability to be developed and leave a lasting impression on the market.

Christabelle Camilleri

The fifth shark, Christabelle Camilleri, is a well-known name on the island, by means of her business ventures via V & C Group, which is a development and construction consortium, co-founder of Health & Co. Malta and founder of Lil’Ville Childcare. The shark also represented the country at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018.

The host for the show will be Keith Demicoli, who, up until last year, was a local newscaster on TVM. The show is being produced by Greatt Company Limited, as well as Malta Enterprise.

The duo behind the production, Anton Attard and Mark Grech, strongly believe in the show’s importance on Maltese television. “We believe that this programme will bring the necessary awareness and the ideal opportunities for many young founders that need that extra set of skills and capital injection that only the sharks can bring to the table,” they said.

Kurt Farrugia, CEO of Malta Enterprise, said: “Shark Tank is one of our initiatives meant at creating more visibility to Malta as a start-up destination but also to provide more financing avenues to local founders.” “The business-themed show is a culturally defining series and inspires a nation to dream bigger,” he added.

Are you excited to tune in to Shark Tank Malta?