Crowdfunding ace as Andy Murray OBE invests in UK start-ups WeSwap and Perkbox

The tennis star has now invested in 17 early-stage businesses through the Seedrs equity crowdfunding platform and will continue to grow his portfolio...

Tennis champion Andy Murray OBE has added two more businesses to his growing investment portfolio, backing innovative start-ups WeSwap and Perkbox via equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs.

The undisclosed investments mark the latest in a series for Murray, who has now invested in 17 early-stage businesses including food chain Tossed – founded by Young Gun Vincent McKevitt – and e-commerce fund Fuel Ventures; set up by MyVoucherCodes.com founder Mark Pearson.

A perks and benefits scheme, Perkbox launched in January 2015 and has over 300,000 paying customers including Deliveroo, British Gas, and BUPA with more than £14m generated in revenues since launch. This early success saw the start-up take second place in the Startups 100 index 2016 – the only index of its kind to recognise the most impressive new businesses launched in the last three years.

Crowdfunding ace as Andy Murray OBE invests in UK start-ups WeSwap and Perbox

Perkbox: Chieu Cao and Saurav Chopra

Like Perkbox, WeSwap has also achieved great traction of late. A peer-to-peer currency exchange platform founded in 2013, WeSwap claims to have grown by 204% in the last year, welcoming over 200,000 new users.

WeSwap: Jared Jesner

WeSwap: Jared Jesner

Murray commented:

“I’m continuing to grow my portfolio through Seedrs and have tried to choose companies from different sectors as much as possible.

“I was interested in Perkbox as I employ a number of people through my own sports management company, the 77 Group, as well as a number of independent contractors like physios, coaches and trainers. I’m sure they’ll all be wanting to hear lots more about Perkbox!


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“WeSwap was interesting to me because I travel so much around the world – I thought this was a really clever idea and could immediately see the gap in the market for this business to work”.

Seedrs co-founder and CEO, Jeff Lynn, added: “[Murray] is a great example of an investor who understands this asset class and the importance of building a broad investment portfolio, into which these two disruptive tech brands will add even more diversity.”

 

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