Startups in India are great pillars of research and innovation. Now, celebrities too want a piece of this action. Big names in Bollywood and sports are not only endorsing products created by startups, but also are investing in them. In this article, we give you a curated list of 11 Indian celebrities who are investing in several tech startups including health, IoT, sports, analytics, etc.
1| Amitabh Bachchan
Big B and his son Abhishek Bachchan have invested around $250,000 in a Singapore-based blockchain research startup, Ziddu.com. Ziddu.com is a cloud service provider which provides free file hosting in the cloud.
2| Sachin Tendulkar
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar invested in Bangalore-based IoT startup, Smartron. In a report, Sachin said, “I have always been fascinated by technology. Smartron’s founding vision for the need for a robust product ecosystem in the country to grow is very impressive. We need to support brands that are designed and engineered in India by our entrepreneurs and engineers that ably compete in the global markets.”
3| MS Dhoni
Former Indian Cricket Captain, MS Dhoni launched Run Adam which is an analytics-based sports technology platform to connect athletes with resources such as coaches, sponsors, etc. According to reports, Dhoni said, “Run Adam will play a significant role in aspiring sportspersons’ life to help achieve their dreams. I have faced challenges during the initial stages of my career and I see Run Adam filling a vacuum.”
4| Madhuri Dixit
In 2014, Bollywood veteran actress Madhuri Dixit Nene along with her husband, Dr. Shriram Nene invested in a smart-tech enabled, integrated preventive healthcare platform, GOQii which provides an end-to-end healthcare and wellness experience for users.
5| Akshay Kumar
After Madhuri Dixit investing in GOQii, actor Akshay Kumar recently has invested in the same company. Vishal Gondal, founder and CEO of GOQii said in a report, “We are extremely happy to have Akshay Kumar as part of our GOQii Family. He personifies the values that GOQii stands for and is a living example of what we advocate — exercise, eat healthy and rest well.”
6| Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan accompanied by her mother Vrinda KR has invested INR 50 lakh each in a Bangalore-based environmental intelligence startup, Ambee. The startup provides hyperlocal air quality data to developers, consumers, health researchers, and media companies to make better decision making.
7| Yuvraj Singh
Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh invested in Healthians, a Gurgaon-based health-tech firm through his venture capital firm YouWeCan in the year 2015. Besides this startup, the start from the cricket world also made investments in beauty and wellness app Vyomo, the marketplace for private jets known as JetSetGo and Moovo, a technology-based booking platform for mini-trucks.
8| Robin Uthappa
IPL’s Kolkata Knight Riders player Robin Uthappa had invested in a health-tech startup, HealthEminds. The startup helps in solving various kinds of psychological and mental issues such as depression, stress, anxiety, sleep issues, etc. In 2015, the player had also made investments in iTiffin, an online tiffin startup.
9| Farhan Akhtar
Bhaag Mikha Bhaag actor Farhan Akhtar invested in Flickbay, a film discovery app which provides trailers, songs, reviews, news, ratings and everything that you want to know about movies which are playing in theatres and on televisions. The platform is a personalised movie engine which utilises artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to recommend unique content.
10| Priyanka Chopra
Actress Priyanka Chopra has made an investment in Bumble, a US-based dating app. The desi girl is not only an investor of the app but also a partner and an adviser. According to reports, she was inspired by Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher to make investments in tech startups.
11 | Anil Kumble
Last year, former cricket player Anil Kumble launched a startup known as Spektacom which uses state-of-the-art technologies to revolutionise sporting experiences. Power Bat is the first product which is a set of sensors which can be attached to a cricket bat to capture batting-related data points in real-time.