Crossahead, a hiring tech startup for artists run by Dialport Solutions Pvt. Ltd, has raised an undisclosed amount of seed investment from Indian cricketer Mohit Sharma, according to a press statement.
The platform allows consumers to search and hire professional artists. The Noida-based company claims to have more than 10,000 verified artists on the platform at present. The Crossahead app is currently available on Google Play Store.
“In this era where the market has gone online, the artist community seems to have been highly unorganized and Crossahead aims at bringing all the professional artists on a single platform, therefore making it easier for all the users to find an artist of their desire online,” said Vishvendra Chaudhary, one of the co-founders of the company.
The startup was founded by Chaudhary and Gaurav Walia.
Many celebrities, both cricketers and actors, have invested in startups in the recent past.
Last month, Rooter, a sports social gaming platform, raised an undisclosed amount of investment from actor Boman Irani.
Actor and television host Rannvijay Singh invested in fashion styling app IStyleYou. Farhan Akhtar has backed film discovery app Flickbay, while Suniel Shetty has backed men’s grooming products startup Beardo.
In March, online mental healthcare startup HealthEminds Pvt Ltd raised angel funding from cricketer Robin Uthappa’s Caffeine Ventures.
Prior to that, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar invested in Bengaluru-based Internet of Things (IoT) company called Smartron India.
Yuvraj Singh’s fund YouWeCan ventures has also invested in startups such as Vyomo, Healthians.com and Sporty Beans
Celebrities have also started their own ventures. Actor and activist Gul Panag has launched a fitness-centered mobile app Mobiefit.
Singer Shaan—along with his wife Radhika Mukherji and Amar Pandit, founder and chief executive of My Financial Advisor, a private wealth management firm—had rolled out an online startup called Happydemic in April this year.
Operated by Happy Gaana Entertainment Pvt Ltd, the site brings performance artists and consumers under one roof, similar to what Crossahead does.