Seedrs Rewind to June 2015 and crowdfunding platform Seedrs revealed it had secured a “strategic partnership” with Murray, who was world number three at the time, with the tennis star to sit on the advisory board. CEO and founder Jeff Lynn, said: “Not one simply to hand over his winnings to a manager, Andy is a great example of the growing body of people who want a say in where their capital goes. “One area that has interested Andy in particular is the technology space. As the British tech startup ecosystem continues to grow rapidly, he has decided to build up a portfolio of investments in the sector.” Demonstrating his business acumen, Murray tested the water by making anonymous investments before making his presence known to Seedrs. During his time as a Seedrs investor, Murray has backed the following businesses: 2015 (1) Healthy eating chain Tossed (2) 3D VR shop developer Trillenium (3) Investment community Fuel Ventures Fund Opening up on his maiden investments, Murray said: “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. 2016 (1) Healthy dessert brand Oppo Ice Cream (2) Travel service CommuterClub (3) P2P lender Landbay (4) Film streaming platform Colony (5) Digital magazine catalogue Readbug (6) Cyclist navigation device Beeline (7) Pet monitoring system Dog Tracker Nano (8) On-demand beauty service Blow (9) Staff benefits hub Perkbox (10) P2P travel money platform WeSwap “I’m continuing to grow my portfolio through Seedrs and have tried to choose companies from different sectors as much as possible,” said Murray of his diverse investments. 2017 (1) Plastic road producer MacRebur (2) Golf technology developer VPAR (3) Mobile shopping software Bijou Commerce (4) Smart home system Den (5) Flat-folding helmet Morpher (6) Property finance channel Landbay – for the second time Lynn added: “Andy is a great example of an investor who understands this asset class and the importance of building a broad investment portfolio.” So with Wimbledon 2017 over for the ace, it’s safe to say that he’ll have plenty to occupy his time – especially as Seedrs looks to push forward having reached its fifth year.
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