Andy Murray, a top-ranked professional tennis player, and advisor to Seedrs, has reportedly invested in WeSwap and Perkbox on the equity crowdfunding platform for undisclosed amounts. Both companies have already had some exciting success on the website, with WeSwap securing its initial £1 million funding target before public launch while Perkbox quickly raised £1.5 million and received £2.5 million from Draper Esprit.
“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! 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.”
Saurav Chopra, CEO and co-founder of Perkbox, noted:
“We’re delighted that Andy Murray has chosen to invest in us. He is really carving out a reputation for himself as an avid supporter of fast-growth businesses, and we’re very proud that Perkbox will become part of his burgeoning portfolio of exciting and dynamic businesses. Andy Murray has previously emphasised how important it is for him to back up businesses who hold the same dedication, hunger and professional standards as he does, and we’re thrilled that he sees these very same values manifest in the people here that power the Perkbox brand.”
Jared Jesner, CEO and co-founder of WeSwap, also commented:
“We are delighted and overwhelmed to have exceeded our funding target with more than £1.8 million invested into our campaign on Seedrs so far. Over 2200 members of our community have backed WeSwap, all of whom will play a part in our future success. Having a tennis hero like Andy Murray invest in the campaign as part of the crowd has truly been the icing on the cake.”
“It’s great to see how active Andy has become in early-stage investment and his recent investments on Seedrs into Perkbox and WeSwap reaffirm this. He 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.”
Murray entered into a long-term partnership agreement with Seedrs last year. He is currently advising the firm in areas of strategic interest. Murray has also “invested regularly” in listed companies, which includes MyMiniFactory, Shavekit, LandBay, Oppo, and Readbug.
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