Tennis star and former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has injected cash into two UK tech start-ups as part of a £1.98m investment round.
Britain’s number one tennis player backed Goodbox, a tech firm working with Church of England cathedrals and museums across the UK to ensure contactless payments can benefit charities.
Mr Murray also backed Zoomdoc, a healthcare firm founded by a NHS GP that allows patients to instantly book a GP to arrive at any location within an hour.
The startup has so far raised £300,000 on Seedrs, a crowdfunding platform that invests in startups across Europe, of which Mr Murray is a part of.
Seedrs did not disclose the amount Mr Murray invested in either startup.
“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 Mr 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.”
Jeff Lynn, executive chairman and co-founder of Seedrs, said he was “delighted” to see the tennis player interested in growing a “diverse and dynamic” investment portfolio.
“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.”
With 45 career titles to his name so far, the Scot is Britain’s most successful tennis player and the first Brit to reach 500 professional victories.
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