Andy Murray serves up new investments for young British businesses

Andy Murray

Andy Murray serves up new investments for young British businesses

British tennis champion Andy Murray has backed two early-stage businesses as part of his strategic relationship with Seedrs.

The 2016 Wimbledon champion invested undisclosed amounts into innovative UK tech companies GoodBox and ZoomDoc.

Murray saw the potential for the digital charity space and invested into UK tech startup GoodBox, which harnesses contactless technology to ensure the UK’s adoption of new and innovative fintech products does not have a detrimental effect on charities, who traditionally rely heavily on cash donations.

Currently working with 12 cathedrals and seven of the most visited museums in the UK, GoodBox has been hailed the future of charitable giving. The startup has raised £1.38m on the platform in just two weeks. Andy Murray joins the round alongside PNFT Social & Community Investments.

The healthtech sector was one pipped for disruption at the start of 2017 and has lived up to expectations. Zoomdoc, founded by practicing NHS GP, Dr. Kenny Livingstone, allows users to instantly book a GP to arrive at their preferred location within one hour. It is the only doctor on demand service designed and operated by general practitioners and offering only fully qualified GPs working within NHS practices throughout the UK. ZoomDoc has so far raised £300,000 on Seedrs.

Speaking about the investments, Murray said: “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.”

Andrew O’Brien, co-founder of GoodBox said: “The GoodBox team are thrilled to welcome Andy Murray as a shareholder. Andy is well known far and wide for not just his legendary tennis status, but also the generous dedication of both his time and resources to the charity sector. He is a perfect match for a business like ours, and we look forward to continuing our mission to transform the giving landscape.”

Kenny Livingstone, founder of ZoomDoc said: "We are over the moon to have Andy Murray invest in ZoomDoc’s crowdfunding campaign. ZoomDoc is at the beginning of its journey, so to have a frequent early-stage investor and tennis legend like Andy back us is very exciting.”

Jeff Lynn, executive chairman and co-founder of Seedrs adds: “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.”