Scoring an appearance on "Shark Tank" is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs, but getting the show's famous investors—business gurus like Mark Cuban, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary—to open their pocketbooks is harder than it looks. To win over the sharks and get prime-time exposure, contestants can't just demonstrate that their business has healthy sales and growth potential. They also need some insider knowledge on what the sharks like and don't like to hear. Below are 10 tips for landing a deal, straight from entrepreneurs who have pulled it off.
Disclosure: CNBC owns the exclusive off-network cable rights to "Shark Tank."
—By Graham Winfrey, special to CNBC.com
Posted 19 March 2015