Startups are a hard cookie to bite in. But for these cricketers who have invested in Indian startups, it is just another pitch to show their talent. With the kind of dedication, practice, passion, and talent they have achieved the best in both the fields namely sports and business
Indian cricket team players have been the face of numerous brands over the years. However, with the startup culture flourishing and having a positive environment in the country, some eminent cricketing stars are showing interest in new ventures and are backing them up by investing both their time and money into business enterprises they believe are promising and relevant.
Indian cricketers who have funded startups
Also referred to as the God of Indian cricket this batting maestro has been the face of various brands over the years. After a successful cricketing career of 24 years, he retired in 2013 and started his second innings with several ventures. Here is a look at the companies he has backed.
It is a travel company based in Dubai and founded in 2007. Sachin is both the stakeholder and the brand ambassador of the company.
Founded in 2009 it is a sports simulation technology based on various games like cricket, football, racing and other recreational activities. Besides it also hosts leisure activities that include a lounge, a spa, dining and music for men women and children as well as gaming mall.
Sachin and Tendulkar’s
Sachin collaborated with famous hotelier Sanjay Narang of Mars group and opened restaurants. They are situated in Colaba and Mulund areas of Mumbai and one in Bengaluru.
Kochi Franchise of Indian Super League
Sachin is the co-owner of Kochi franchise of the Indian Super League along with Hyderabad-based PVP ventures. It’s a football team and the Kerela Football Association has full faith on Sachin’s and his entry is said to bring funding and revival of the game itself in the state.
Mumbai Franchise of International Tennis Premier League
Sachin has been known for his passion for Tennis and is a long time fan. He is the co-owner of the newly-formed Indian Tennis Premier League’s Mumbai Franchise.
He is now keen to be game changer in Startup Ecosystem and with the current flow he might change the game.
After successfully combating a cancerous tumor in his left lung and winning the 2011 world cup Yuvraj Singh started his own foundation **YouWeCan** and it thriving its success rate in startup business. Established in 2015, it spreads awareness about cancer and the effects of the dangerous disease. This fabulous batsman of International Indian Cricket Team has inspired millions with his on-field and off-field batting. In 2011 after winning the World Cup he was diagnosed with cancer but he made an international comeback just in a year with new found enthusiasm and courage. A part of YouWeCan is YouWeCan Venture which is an initiative to provide support to budding businessmen. The start was initiated with the help of Nishant Singhal who is both the co-founder and Chief Investment Officer.
Anil Kumble co-founded TENVIC Sports with international table tennis player Vasanth Bharadwaj in 2010. The firm intends at rendering structured coaching to assist kids to stand out in a sport of their choice. It also caters to businesses and sportspersons by providing training and mentoring, along with vision and ideas to help brands improved leverage in their marketing. Its clientele includes schools like Pearson and Delhi Public School. The corporate clients include IBM, Weber Shandwick, Accenture, Pepsi, HP, etc. Most importantly, TENVIC Sports is doing great in Indian Startup Ecosystem with marginal business.