The ScaleUp Accelerator welcomes Piers Linney as Entrepreneur-In-Residence

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The Accelerator Network

27 February 2020

The Accelerator Network, in partnership with White Horse Capital, welcomes Piers Linney as ScaleUp Entrepreneur-In-Residence for The ScaleUp Accelerator programme and Venture Partner at White Horse Capital. 

Piers is an experienced entrepreneur, corporate financier, founder, adviser, director and investor with a law and investment banking background in the City.  He has founded and exited several technology and communication businesses. Piers is a well-known champion of entrepreneurship, startups and SMEs having been an investor on Dragons’ Den (2013-2015), making one of the show’s most successful investments in Google Ventures backed tech startup, Wonderbly. 

Piers won the inaugural Entrepreneur of the Year award at the EY Sponsored Black British Business Award and was recognised in 2019 by the Financial Times as one of the UK’s top 100 most influential BAME leaders in the Tech Sector. He is a Non-Executive Director of the UK government-owned economic development bank, British Business Bank, which has facilitated over £12 billion of funding for UK SMEs.  He sat on the Board of TechUK and was a Trustee of the leading innovation foundation, Nesta.

Ian Merricks, Chair of The Accelerator Network and Managing Partner of White Horse Capital, commented: “I am super excited to work again with long standing friend and colleague Piers Linney as he joins as a Venture Partner at White Horse Capital.  Drawing on his lengthy career as an entrepreneur, and previous experience in corporate finance and the law and more recently as a well-respected investor, Piers can add huge value to the high growth potential scaleups we work with to secure funding for.  In addition, Piers takes on the role of ScaleUp Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The ScaleUp Accelerator which we operate with The Accelerator Network. Drawing on his experience of building a number of leading UK tech scaleups through to successful multi-million pound exits, his unique viewpoint and credibility and network will be of huge benefit to our clients.”

Piers Linney commented: “I am hugely excited to have joined White Horse Capital as a Venture Partner to support their continued work with growing businesses. I am impressed by the achievements and ambition of the White Horse Capital team, whom I have known for many years, building their position as a leading advisor to high growth technology and digitally enabled businesses across a range of potentially high return investment transactions.  Access to finance is key to growth and success and I am looking forward to working with the team to build on their success to connect more technology entrepreneurs looking to raise Series A rounds of funding with the growing list of investors that recognise UK talent and the potential of our high-growth businesses”.

About The Accelerator Network

The Accelerator Network runs three core programmes for comprehensive startup life cycle growth and funding support, alongside investment readiness bootcamps and workshops with startup ecosystem partners such as Cyber 101 with Digital Catapult. 

The three core programme providing growth and funding support to startups and scaleups include:

  •  The ScaleUp Accelerator for B2B SaaS scaleups raising Series A 
  • Accelerator Academy for startups raising seed funding
  • FastForward Pre-Accelerator pre-revenue support towards next stage of growth or raising seed funding 

The ScaleUp Accelerator is recruiting for its April 2020 cohort

If any of your angel-backed portfolio scaling companies are looking for £1-5m of VC funding in 2020, please encourage them to consider http://thescaleupaccelerator.com.

The Accelerator Academy is recruiting for its 26th Semester April cohort

If you are a startup looking to raise £150k – £1M of equity investment, or if you have any recommendations of startups to apply to the programme, please visit http://acceleratoracademy.com for more information and application link.   

For more information please contact: Amy Chao, amy@TheAcceleratorNetwork.com

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