As a Group, Mercia focuses on both technology and non-technology related businesses. We manage a number of funds that can provide venture capital, business loans and growth funding. We also focus on four specific sectors of technology; these portfolios are managed by professional Investment Teams, each with a vast history of knowledge and expertise in the following sectors.
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.