Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to Deepika Padukone: 9 Bollywood celebrities who invested in startups
First Published 23, Sep 2020, 2:55 PM
The Startup India initiative is one of the biggest success stories of the Indian government. Startups are the most modern form of expanding your business.
This is so popular that even some Bollywood celebrities have shown their interest in investing in startups. Here are some startup ventures started by Bollywood celebrities.
One of the talented actresses of Indian cinema, Deepika Padukone has joined hands with the fashion portal “Myntra” to launch another line under her brand "All About You." Established in 2015 with Deepika Padukone and Myntra holding 50% stake each. All About You is a leading women’s wear brand on the platform.
Inspired by his momentous journey as an actor and fitness buff, Hrithik Roshan built HRX - India’s first homegrown fitness brand in 2013. The brand focuses on apparels and footwear. Hrithik is also associated with health and wellness start-up “Cure.Fit.”
Madhuri Dixit and Akshay Kumar
Actress Madhuri Dixit and Bollywood Khiladi Akshay Kumar invested in a startup, which is a smart-tech-enabled, integrated preventive healthcare platform, GOQii, which provides an end-to-end solution for healthcare and wellness products.
Bollywood’s desi girl invested in a Dating App “Bumble,” a US-based dating app. Priyanka Chopra is not only an investor of the app but also a partner and an adviser. A report suggested that Priyanka Chopra was inspired by Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher to make investments in tech startups.
The talented actor has invested an undisclosed amount in “The Man Company” (TMC). However, the founder of TMC said that the actor would not hold any board position. The Man Company is famous for head-to-toe range of men’s grooming products across various categories. Ayushmann Khurrana was also the brand ambassador for The Man Company.
Arjun Kapoor has invested in a home food delivery company “Foodcloud”. Arjun Kapoor said that “My aim at investing in Foodcloud.in is to contribute towards a larger societal purpose of empowering the homemakers to contribute towards their family income.” The platform runs on the premise of home cooks delivering hygienic and home-cooked food to customers from their kitchens.
Bollywood Shahenshah invested in local search engine app “Just Dial.” In 2011, the company signed up the legendary actor as its brand ambassador and offered him 62,794 shares for Rs 10 each.
Anthill Ventures, which funds startups, supports them to scale up their operations, and Baahubali actor Rana Daggubati invested and launched Urban-i. The initiative will help consumer brand startups accelerate their growth. This platform will serve as a strategically designed platform to bring together capital, consumer brands, and celebrities under one platform.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Former miss world Aishwarya Rai Bachchan along with her mother Vrinda KR has invested Rs 1 crore in Bengaluru-based environment startup Ambee. It provides data about hyperlocal air quality, which is accessible to developers, consumers, health researchers, and media companies.