Tennis ace Andy Murray has served up £1.98 million to invest in two UK tech start-ups. The British number one has backed Goodbox and Zoomdoc with his investment. It takes his UK investment portfolio up to 25 businesses.
Goodbox is a tech firm working with the Church of England cathedrals and museums to ensure contactless payments can benefit charities. Meanwhile, Zoomdoc is a healthcare firm founded by a NHS GP that allows patients to instantly book a GP to arrive at any location within an hour.
A Wimbledon Champion and double Olympic gold medallist, Murray said that he is committed to investing in companies that can make a difference. “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,” said Murray.
He added: “GoodBox has the potential to revolutionise the way we donate to charity, they’re already working with many trusted organisations such as Comic Relief.”
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.”
Meanwhile, Jeff Lynn, executive chairman and co-founder of crowdfunding site Seedrs, said he was “delighted” to see the tennis player interested in growing a ‘diverse and dynamic’ investment portfolio.
He added: “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.”