Our business model - for technology businesses
We scale innovative opportunities from the UK regions into global businesses. At Mercia, we invest in businesses with high growth potential to deliver attractive returns from our direct investments and our third party funds under management. From seed through to exit, Mercia is in the unique position of being able to use a full range of capital, through our 'Complete Capital Solution’, to build great technology businesses with global potential.
Mercia is able to meet a business' funding needs at any stage. Early-stage funding is first provided through our FCA-regulated third party fund management business, Mercia Fund Managers. For a small number of the managed funds portfolio we are then able to provide follow-on capital through Mercia’s own resources. This follow-on capital is given to the investees with high growth potential, our 'Emerging Stars'. Ultimately, Mercia's goal is to realise significant value for all shareholders through an exit.
Through our managed funds businesses, we also invest in businesses outside of our core technology focuses. You can read more about these funds here.
Digital & Digital Entertainment
Under the expert eye of Mike Hayes, Mercia has a specialist interest in investing in businesses which operate in virtual reality, augmented reality, gaming entertainment and serious games.
Electronics, Materials, Manufacturing/Engineering
This sector is led by Investment Director, Dr Mark Volanthen, and is focused on identifying and supporting the next generation of disruptive proprietary technologies, often university-derived, in energy and communications, together with high-value electronics and manufacturing applications.
Life Sciences & Biosciences
This sector is headed by Investment Director, Peter Dines, who is a specialist in growing businesses in the life sciences and biosciences markets, with the team’s key areas of focus including diagnostics, digital health, medical devices and synthetic biology.
Software & the Internet
Investment Director Dr Alistair Forbes leads this sector, bringing to the role extensive experience from the software industry. Mercia has a specialist interest in investing in businesses which operate in artificial intelligence (AI), cyber security, software as a service (SaaS), analytical tools and adtech.
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We source dealflow through our team's extensive professional networks, as well as our 19 university partners across the UK.
We are already one of the most active investors in the UK, but we also offer more than just funding - we provide expertise and support through our team of highly-experienced professionals.
Our aim is to be the 'go-to' provider of finance for innovative and high growth potential businesses in the UK regions.