"I did not get a chance to showcase my business acumen"
Harry Mahmood has revealed what he has been up to since leaving The Apprentice and has also given his thoughts on the current batch of candidates.
The Coventry-based entrepreneur was on the 16th series of the hit BBC One show.
Going into the show, Harry had described himself as “the Asian version of Lord Sugar”.
Inspired by his grandparents, Harry had hoped he could emerge triumphant to develop his bath bomb business.
Harry said his aim was for him and Lord Sugar to become “the bad boys of the bath bomb world together”.
However, he was the first candidate to be fired by Lord Sugar.
Afterwards, he slammed his fellow candidates, accusing them of being “fame-hungry” and it seems his opinion has not changed.
Speaking about his time on the show, Harry said:
“I think for me it is very obvious seeing our line-up in my year who was there for commercial gain, who was there to get a media personality across and who was there genuinely for business.
“It was a shame I did not get a chance to showcase my business acumen through any avenue.”
Although he was only on the show briefly, Harry revealed that he has been recognised in the street.
He said: “It is quite funny. It must be my face because as soon as the show was aired I was recognised a few times by children, parents, and elderly folks.
“I am trying to be a chameleon. Obviously, I am super famous now, so I am trying to blend in.”
Since leaving the show, Harry Mahmood has set his bath bomb venture aside to focus on a space-themed endeavour. He now works as the Head of Innovation and Emerging Communities at MetaVisionaries.
“With the bath bombs I kind of parked it to one side because I wanted to focus more on the human side of helping the world and sustainability.
“I joined a disruptive company called MetaVisionaries which is focusing on supporting companies and countries across the world with space endeavours, curricula and really taking it to the next frontier.
“We are working with NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and other big organisations.”
Speaking about the current series of The Apprentice, Harry is not a fan of the new candidates, admitting he was “disappointed” when he saw the line-up.
He said: “I have had a few looks of the candidate line-up and I cannot see anyone who I can think ‘Oh wow they look pretty interesting to follow’.
“Nobody stands out to be honest with you.”