Former Blue Jays slugger José Bautista invests in Endy

Jose Bautista

Former Blue Jays player and six-time MLB All-Star José Bautista is officially an investor in Toronto-based mattress startup Endy.

Prior to Bautista’s investment, Endy said it had not taken external funding. The company declined to share the exact amount of Bautista’s financing – a spokesperson told BetaKit that it was a “significant but minor investment,” and Rajen Ruparell and Mike Gettis retain control of the company.

Endy said that it’s on track to surpass $50 million in annual sales this year, and has donated 2,000 mattresses through charity partners across Canada, such as the Women in Need Society and the Aboriginal Mother Centre Society.

“Endy is an incredible Canadian success story. This is a company that continues to make a name for itself, not only for flipping an industry on its head, but for donating thousands of mattresses to those in need,” said Bautista. “As an athlete, I know how vital sleep is for overall health, and how a game-changing mattress is essential for a great night’s sleep. As an investor, I’m proud to team up with Endy, a company whose values I share: innovation, well-being, and paying it forward.”

Launched in 2015 by Gettis and Ruparell, Endy’s mattresses sell exclusively in Canada.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Jose Bautista to the Endy family,” said Ruparell, co-founder and chairman at Endy. “José’s passion for our products and our mission make him a perfect fit for Endy, as we continue our growth trajectory as one of Canada’s fastest growing companies.”

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José Bautista (Blue Jays highlights):

Batting Average

Season AVG Rank
2011 .302 11th in AL
2014 .286 17th in AL

Home Runs

Season HR Rank
2010 54 1st in AL
2011 43 1st in AL
2012 27 18th in AL
2013 28 13th in AL
2014 35 5th in AL
2015 40 5th in AL

Runs Batted In

Season RBI Rank
2010 124 3rd in AL
2011 103 10th in AL
2014 103 7th in AL
2015 114 3rd in AL

 

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