What are they?
Tennis pro Andy Murray has invested in five start-ups through an equity crowdfunding platform.
Seedrs allows people to invest as little as £10 in start-ups and receive a share in the company’s equity.
Here are the businesses Murray has invested in.
Oppo Ice Cream
The luxury ice cream company raised over £390,000 in just over a week on Seedrs, far exceeding its fundraising target of £150,000 within just four hours of going live. The low fat and low sugar ice cream is made with coconut oil and ingredients like cacao and baobab.
CommuterClub has raised more than £350,000 of its £650,000 target so far. CommuterClub provides discounted travel for commuters, by letting them access annual discounted tickets but in a flexible way.
The peer-to-peer mortgage lender Landbay is on its fifth round of investment through Seedrs and has raised over £1.2m in its current round. The company focuses on prime residential mortgages and is now the UK’s fastest growing peer-to-peer platform.
We Are Colony
The global film-streaming platform, is currently raising £500,000 and has surpassed 70% of its target in just a fortnight. The site creates special edition bundles of films with exclusive extras, such as interviews and deleted scenes.
The magazine app is looking to raise £50,000 this round, after exceeding its target in its first round, with the campaign already hitting its target and overfunding on Seedrs just a week after going live. Readbug offers a curated selection of independent magazines in one app.
Murray would not say how much he invested in the businesses.
He said: “Giving recognition and support to British entrepreneurs is important to me, especially those who are the driving force behind growth-focused businesses. Every one of these entrepreneurs is inspirational and dedicated to their business and I’m excited to have invested in their team’s vision and work ethic.”
“It’s been an exciting start to 2016 for me, for many reasons. To see Seedrs reach £100 million on the platform and so many ambitious and dynamic businesses currently fundraising, means it’s a great start to 2016 for them as well.”