Mark Payton, Mercia’s CEO, talks through the progress the company has made since its IPO in 2014, explains their overarching philosophy for investing and summarises how Mercia differs from its closest peers, Imperial Innovations and IP Group. He explains the different structures Mercia has for investing in companies from seed through early stage development, growth and then exit and what makes Mercia an attractive partner for its investee companies. Finally, he talks through the key milestones that investors should look for over the course of 2016 and 2017.
Mercia Technologies is one of the leading investment businesses in UK technology, specialising in the commercialisation of pioneering businesses across exciting growth sectors in which deep expertise is held. Mercia has a ‘Complete Capital’ solution to support companies from seed through to exit. Investors are given exposure to a broad span of early stage businesses initially supported through Mercia’s third party managed funds via its wholly owned subsidiaries of Mercia Fund Management and Enterprise Ventures. ‘Emerging Stars’ are then subsequently funded and supported directly through Mercia Technologies’ own capital building them towards exits to realise value for Mercia’s shareholders over the medium term.