Former Dragons’ Den star Piers Linney takes Venture Partner role at White Horse Capital

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Piers Linney.
Piers Linney.

Renowned entrepreneur and former TV Dragon Piers Linney has been named as a Venture Partner with tech investment firm White Horse Capital.

Linney is an entrepreneur and investor with a professional background in the City in both law and investment banking, and spent two years on the BBC TV show Dragons’ Den from 2013-15.

He has broad experience of the financial and operational challenges facing businesses, as a founder, advisor, director and investor.

White Horse Capital (WHC) has today announced Linney is joining its team as a Venture Partner, and will also act as ScaleUp Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the ScaleUp Accelerator programme, which is jointly operated by WHC and The Accelerator Network.

Ian Merricks, Managing Partner of White Horse Capital, said: “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.”

Linney qualified as a lawyer in the City specialising in venture capital before joining the investment banking and M&A teams at Barclays de Zoete Wedd (BZW) and Credit Suisse.

He was CEO of a corporate finance business raising funds for technology start-ups, SMEs and special situations before becoming a partner at an alternative finance fund specialising in providing structured debt and equity to small caps.

He has founded and exited several technology and communication businesses and has won a range of entrepreneurship awards.

Linney is currently a Non-Executive Director of the UK government-owned economic development bank, British Business Bank which has facilitated over £12bn of funding for UK small and growth businesses.

He sat on the Board of TechUK, and was a Trustee of Nesta, the UK’s leading innovation foundation.

He has been recognised as one of the top 100 most influential Black Britons and won the inaugural Entrepreneur of the Year award at the EY sponsored Black British Business Awards. In 2019 he was recognised in the Financial Times as one of the UK’s top 100 most influential BAME leaders in the Tech Sector.

Linney said: “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.”

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