Tennis star Andy Murray has revealed his next batch of investments into UK early stage companies. The three companies, each listed on Seedrs, include; MacRebur, VPAR and Bijou Commerce. Murray is an advisor to the equity crowdfunding platform and has publicly promoted his investments in the past. Details on the amounts invested were not revealed.
Murray released a comment on his new investments;
“I’m continuing to grow my portfolio through Seedrs and have tried to choose companies that I inspire me from as many different sectors as possible. I was interested in MacRebur because I am really impressed by their ambition to make a massive economic and environmental difference to road construction worldwide. VPAR appealed me because I enjoy golf and it’s something I could see myself using once I finish playing tennis, and Bijou Commerce is a ground-breaking tech company which will hopefully revolutionise retail.”
Toby McCartney, the CEO and co founder of MacRebur, said the past few weeks had been incredible as investors from around Europe supported his company. Adding high-profile investor Andy Murray was a welcomed boost;
“To say we are all delighted that our Scottish hero, Andy Murray has now invested in MacRebur through Seedrs would be an understatement. We’re staggered at our final amount and so proud at what we’ve achieved so far. Fingers crossed we can persuade Andy to let us pave his driveway at Cromlix House.”
Jason Stoop, CEO at VPAR, said he was humbled to have Murray as a shareholder. Olly Cooper, the founder at Bijou Commerce said he was “overwhelmed” that Murray would invest as part of the crowd.
Jeff Lynn, CEO and co-founder of Seedrs, explained that Murray’s investments have helped the crowdfunding platform exceed new milestones with over £200 million invested across Seedrs offers since launch.
“Andy is a great example of an investor who understands this asset class and the importance of building a broad investment portfolio, into which these three game-changing brands within their subsequent sectors will add even more diversity,” said Lynn.
- MacRebur, a Scottish startup that makes roads out of waste plastic, topped its £590,000 target on Seedrs, overfunding to almost £1.3 million in just over a week with more than 1,029 investors. The firm produces a patented bitumen replacement that results in stronger and longer-lasting roads. The Scottish-based founders are described at being at the forefront of a movement to improve all roads.
- VPAR is a golf technology platform has raised £1.15 million to date from almost 300 individual. VPAR is currently overfunding on Seedrs. VPAR won Best Sports App at the Sports Technology Awards beating Chelsea FC and The Wimbledon Championships.
- Bijou Commerce, a SaaS based mobile commerce platform retailers, has only recently gone live on Seedrs but is already nearing its funding target with £642,000 invested from investors including retail mogul Tom Singh. The startup’s mission is to transform the way retailers, brands and publishers engage, retain and monetise their customers’ on mobile.
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