In 2015, Indian tech startup ecosystem has attracted the attention of a new crop of investors & entrepreneurs which include some big names from the sports and the entertainment industry, who backed startups and started their own ventures in 2015. Here is a list of 5 such celebrities
Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh launched YouWeCan Ventures, which invested in various players this year including Vyomo, Moovo, Healthians, EduKart, JetSetGo, Cartisan, Sports365, SportyBeans, Carl’s Jr, Black White Orange Brands and Intelligent Interfaces.
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor had participated in a $2-million funding round of ZuperMeal, a mobile based food aggregator that provides authentic home-cooked meals. Other investors who participated in the round are Ravi Saxena, Co-Founder of kitchen appliance maker Wonderchef and two foreign partners.
An actress, social activist and former Miss India, Gul Panag had launched a mobile fitness startup, MobieFit in Goa in May 2015. One week back, the startup has raised $1M in strategic investment from Bangalore-based Medi Assist.
Akshay Kumar, Raj Kundra
Indian actor Akshay Kumar and businessman Raj Kundra have launched a home shopping channel named Best Deal TV which specialises in the sale of consumer products.
Bollywood actor Salman Khan has launched an ecommerce website KhanMarketOnline. However, it is still undisclosed that what khanMarketOnline will offer to its customers. Salman is also an investor in OTA firm Yatra. After launching its clothing brand called ‘Being Human’, this will be the second venture for the actor.