File image of Priyanka Chopra. Photograph:( Yogen Shah )
Piryanka said that she wants to fund companies that have an element of social impact and are founded by women.
Priyanka Chopra proves yet again that there are no limits to what one can achieve. In a news published in the US-based The New York Times, it was announced that the actress has started a new chapter in her life and by this, we don’t mean her love life but career goals. Well, she has now become an investor in some tech start-ups in an effort to help change the tech industry’s gender disparity.
Priyanka is said to have invested in Holberton School, a coding education company, as well as in dating and social media app Bumble. Tweeting about the same, Priyanka wrote: “A new chapter for me! I am so excited to partner with Bumble and Holberton School as an investor. I’m honoured to join two companies that strive to expand gender diversity in the tech space, and make a social impact for the greater good... let’s do this.”
This is her first project as a start-up investor. According to the NYT report, the star recently made a visit to the San Francisco home of her new portfolio company. She has invested $8.2 million in the first round of funding for Holberton that closed in April. She will join the company’s board of advisers and will emphasise support for Holberton’s mission to educate people from underprivileged backgrounds.
There’s a catch in all of Priyanka’s investments as she wants to fund companies that have an element of social impact and are founded by women. Speaking about it, Priyanka said, “I don’t want to just be one of those people who’s like, ‘Yeah, I want to be on the tech bandwagon -- how are they making so much money?’ It’s not about that.”
Her second investment is in Bumble, a dating and social media app founded by Whitney Wolfe Herd. She plans to help promote Bumble’s launch in India in the coming months.
Priyanka joins the league of Hollywood celebs like Ashton Kutcher, Leonardo DiCaprio who have invested in tech start-ups.