Andy Murray adds two more start-ups to his ever-growing investment portfolio
The tennis star has invested two undisclosed sums into charity tech start-up GoodBox and doctor on-demand platform ZoomDoc via Seedrs
Tennis star Andy Murray has financially backed two more UK start-ups to add to his ever-growing investment portfolio.
As part of his “strategic relationship” with equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs, the former-Wimbledon champion has invested two undisclosed sums into Manchester-based charity tech start-up GoodBox and ‘doctor on-demand' platform ZoomDoc.
Working closely with a number of outright charities such as Unicef, WWF, United for Wildlife and Malaria No More, Murray's charitable interests have now extended to his business decisions.
In his latest round of investments, Murray has backed GoodBox, a business that helps charities accept contactless donations via card-reading donation boxes.
Founded in 2016 by ex-Credit Suisse investment banker Andrew O’Brien and Francesca Hodgson, the Manchester start-up's tech-infused donation boxes have now launched in 12 Church of England cathedrals, five hospitals and seven museums -including the Natural History Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.
Now having a start-up investment portfolio of 25 businesses, the British tennis number one has also backed ZoomDoc.
Founded by practicing NHS GP Dr. Kenny Livingstone, on demand doctor service Zoomdoc allows users to instantly book a GP to arrive at their preferred location within one hour.
Having raised £300,000 on Seedrs to date, Zoomdoc had its soft launch in March of this year – and is currently working with over 400 consultations.
What start-ups has Andy Murray invested in?
Some of the 25 start-ups Murray has invested into include:
- E-commerce fund Fuel Ventures
- Food chain Tossed
- Green construction start-up MacRebur
- Golfing app VPAR
- Software start-up Bijou Commerce
- Peer-to-peer lender Landbay
- Film streaming service We Are Colony
- ‘Netflix for magazines' business Readbug
- Travel ticket subscription service CommuterClub
- Healthy ice-cream brand Oppo Ice Cream
- Live tracking device for dogs Dog Tracker Nano
- On-demand service for beauty treatments blow LTD.
- Smart navigation device and mobile app for bicycles Beeline
- Developer of the world’s first flat-pack foldable cycling helmet Morpher
- Creator of a smart home switch which seeks to reduce energy bills Den
- Property lender which provides finance to the private rented sector LandBay
- ‘Doctor on-demand' platform ZoomDoc
- Charity tech start-up GoodBox
Murray said about the investments:
“These two businesses provide innovative, much needed solutions. GoodBox has the potential to revolutionise the way we donate to charity, they’re already working with many trusted organisations such as Comic Relief.
“I’ve been involved in the digital health space for a while now, primarily getting schools focused on creating digital solutions for health problems, so ZoomDoc interested me.
“They provide trusted GPs to people who need help at home instantly and the company has shown impressive growth and feedback since it’s soft-launch.”
Jeff Lynn, executive chairman and co-founder of Seedrs, added:
“We are delighted to see Andy growing such a diverse and dynamic early-stage investment portfolio on Seedrs.
“Andy has a keen eye for the trends, following them closely, and continues to invest into exciting sectors such as healthtech, fintech and now the charity technology space too.”