Andy Murray to advise crowdfunding firm Seedrs

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UK tennis star Andy Murray has teamed up with crowdfunding firm Seedrs, to advise on businesses related to sport and wearable technology.

Crowdfunding is a way of raising money through lots of small investments from a large number of people, not necessarily professional investors.

Murray said he had "always been interested in investment" and that helping UK start-ups appealed to him.

He recently purchased the Cromlix Hotel near Dunblane, where he was born.

'Different perspective'

The two-time Grand Slam champion has committed to investing a "substantial amount" of his own money, as well as joining the advisory board, a spokesperson said, but details of how much he was putting in were not disclosed.

He has already invested in several Seedrs start-ups.

Seedrs chief executive and co-founder Jeff Lynn said: "We believe he can bring a different perspective into certain aspects of the early-stage business community in the health, sport and wearable technology spaces."

Murray is currently ranked number three in the world and has just reached the semi-finals at the French Open.

He is the reigning Olympics champion in singles, and has also won the US Open and Wimbledon titles.

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