Ian Merricks

The Accelerator Network

With 21 years experience within the Tech, Media & Telecoms (TMT) market, Ian has been involved with the launch of numerous entrepreneurial businesses across the music, media, technology, education and finance sectors.

Along the way he has also worked with the boards of FTSE100 companies like EMAP (Bauer), as well as IPC & The Wireless Group, as a commercial and corporate troubleshooter.

In 2011 Ian launched the Accelerator Academy, now a part of The Accelerator Network, which he chairs, and working with 25+ exited entrepreneurs as mentors has overseen the graduation of 160+ high growth start-ups, helping to prepare the companies to raise tens of millions of seed funding, creating £600m+ of value, and offering the most efficient connection to early-stage capital.

Ian also works as Managing Partner of White Horse Capital, which secures VC investment and M&A success for growth stage tech companies. He advises and sits on the investment committees or boards of a number of Seed & Venture Capital Funds with £50m committed, as well as on the advisory board for the UK Business Angel Association.

He is also on the board of Capital Enterprise and is an Ambassador for The Entrepreneurs Network and a Fellow of the British Computer Society, the RSA and the Centre for Entrepreneurs.