The Indian Cricket Team could not compete in the finals of the T20 World Cup, but their performance in the tournament marked a spot in the hearts of Cricket lovers. The world has now set its eye on the Indian Premiere League that commenced from 9th April.
India’s star player Virat Kohli was named the player of the tournament in the T20 World Cup. It’s not just the cricket playground where he has marked his presence. He is not only the brand ambassador of brands like Adidas, MRF, Pepsi, Audi, Vicks, Boost, Tissot among others.
He has also invested in startups. In May last year, Virat Kohli invested in a chain of gyms and fitness centres called Chisel in association with Franchise India. The firm expressed a desire to launch a total of 100 centres by 2018. Virat’s investment in the chain was pegged at over INR 90 Cr and he owns a 30% stake in the fitness startup. In 2014, Virat launched his fashion brand Wrogn. The collection at the platform is curated by Virat Kohli and founded by Universal Sportsbiz (USPL). He has also invested in London based social media startup Sport Convo.
He is not the only sportsperson who has invested in a startup. Over the years, various sportsmen have invested in business ventures. Here is a quick look peak into the list of sportspersons who have invested or have launched their own startups.
Last month, cricketer Robin Uthappa invested an undisclosed amount in Bangalore-based healthcare startup HealthEminds. The investment was done through Uthappa’s fund Caffeine Ventures. Prior to this, Uthappa had invested in online tiffin service venture iTiffin. However, in the last few weeks, the market is rife with news that iTiffin might be heading for shutdown.