“I would love to make investments in any new idea. I am all for making investments in start-ups just like other celebrities Hrithik Roshan and Yuvraj Singh have been doing. I want to make investments which are anything to do with Information Technology because I am more of a technology geek,” Hashmi told PTI at Spartan Poker’s first edition of India Poker Championship Awards 2017 on September 9.
Apart from his start-up interests, Hashmi is also keen in engaging with social services by taking up the task of spreading awareness about cancer. Hashmi, whose seven-year-old son Ayaan was diagnosed with first-stage cancer in 2014, said that under ‘1 Small Step For Cancer’ campaign, which was kicked off on September 6, as much as Rs 30 million have been raised in just three days. The actor has tied up with an NGO to raise a Rs 1 crore fund, which will be used for those who come from low income groups.
Cricketer and Cancer-survivor Yuvraj Singh has also invested in businesses and launched his own foundation YouWeCan Ventures, established to fight Cancer by spreading awareness about the fatal disease. The venture has invested in JetSetGo, a marketplace for private jets and helicopters, owned by another Cancer-survivor and a very ambitious Kanika Tekriwal.
The cricketer has also invested in Cybiz Brightstar Restaurants Private Limited, a company that has been entrusted by US-based premium burger chain Carls Jr to open 100 franchises across India.
Ace Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal too recently has shown interest in investing in various business ventures. Similarly, actor Hrithik Roshan has picked up equity stake in Bengaluru-based fitness start-up CureFit and designed a signature workout HRX for its gym center Cult.