Who is Anoushka Jolly – The Youngest Contestant to pitch for Shark Tank India?

Anoushka Jolly, the class 8 student has emerged as a young prodigy as she pitched for her anti-bullying app ‘Kavach’ in the business reality show ‘Shark Tank India’ and won 50 lakhs investment. Shark Tank India is a reality TV series that shows entrepreneurs making business presentations to a panel of investors or sharks, who decide whether to invest in their company. Anoushka Jolly is the youngest contestant for this show.

The aim of the app ‘Kavach’ is simple. It allows parents and students to anonymously report bullying. So as the news reaches the authorities of the school, they can take the necessary action against the bullies. Anoushka wishes the app to spread across the nation and reach as many students and schools as possible so that the incidents of bullying can be eliminated.

Anoushka recalled an incident in Shark Tank India. Anoushka herself was mocked by her friends, and after that she witnessed a six-year-old girl get bullied by her fellow classmates. This led Anoushka to form an Anti Bullying Squad (ABS) with the help of educational institutions, social organizations, and experts. The squad has so far helped over 2,000 students from over 100 schools and universities.

“However, during the process, I realized that most of these incidents do not get reported and hence, do not get resolved. So, I came up with an idea of creating a bullying reporting mobile app ‘Kavach’ to anonymously report incidents,” Anoushka said in an interview with PTI.

Her app won 50 lakh investment in Shark Tank India from Anupam Mittal, founder and CEO of People Group (Shaadi.com) and Aman Gupta, co-founder of boAt.

Anoushka is the daughter of a chartered accountant and entrepreneur, and she plans to take on the path of entrepreneurship when she gets older. 

-Poorna Krishnan

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