Has invested undisclosed amount in three companies
August 19, 2015: Tennis champion and world number two Andy Murray announced that he has made multiple investments on Seedrs, the largest equity crowdfunding platform in Europe.
Murray, who joined the Seedrs advisory board in June, identified three British businesses he wanted to back on the crowdfunding platform, and has invested an undisclosed amount into all three. Murray plans to make further investments as part of his strategic relationship with Seedrs.
He has made investments in London-based, healthier eating chain Tossed which has exceeded its £750,000 target, as part of their Seedrs round, and is currently in overfunding.
Murray has also made investments in Trillenium, a leading builder of 3D virtual reality shops, which has been backed by UK-based ASOS and has raised over £225,000 on Seedrs so far. He has also made investments in Fuel Ventures Fund which has been founded by award-winning entrepreneur Mark Pearson of myvouchercodes.co.uk which raised £549,900 on Seedrs as part of their overall £30million venture fund.
Murray said about these investments, “I’m excited to be investing in these driven entrepreneurs and their businesses on Seedrs. It’s important to me that I back people who I believe have the same dedication, hunger and professional standards as myself and always strive to be their best.”
“The three businesses I’ve chosen to kick off my crowdfunding investment portfolio are all in areas of industry I find interesting. Healthy eating is something I have to be passionate about as a sportsman, so Tossed was immediately one to consider, and the other two businesses are really pushing the boundaries of technology. I’m hoping that I can learn something from how they are edging ahead of the competition and take that vision onto the court with me. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for these businesses and continuing to work closely with Seedrs.”
Murray is the first major public figure to team up with an equity crowdfunding platform in this way. The Seedrs strategic partnership adds to Murray’s off court interests, which also include his management company, 77, and luxury Scottish hotel, Cromlix.
Jeff Lynn, CEO and co-founder of Seedrs, said, “It’s great to see Andy already taking such an active interest in the businesses on Seedrs. The fact he has decided to make multiple investments in hungry entrepreneurs shows his commitment to building a dynamic portfolio of early-stage businesses. Andy has already brought a lot of value to the Seedrs Advisory Board over the past few months and we welcome his continued support.”