TV Tidbit: Season 9 of Shark Tank premieres on Sunday, Oct 1 at 8:00pm.
A reality show where entrepreneurs take their ideas to wealthy businesspeople in hopes of an investment.
Adapted from Dragon's Den, which originated in Japan, Shark Tank features a panel of successful tycoons - known as the Sharks - who are approached by budding entrepreneurs looking for investors to expand their company or grow their product line.
The Sharks mostly operate individually, and must decide if they are willing to offer up their own personal capital in exchange for a percentage of the contestant's company. During negotiations, the sharks are free to partner up or bid against each other if they so desire. If all the sharks decline, the contestant walks away with nothing.