Ian Merricks is Managing Partner of White Horse Capital and a co-founder of the Startup Funding Club and the Sirius SEIS Fund. Ian is an active angel investor who also sits on the member council of the UK Business Angel Association. Ian chairs The Accelerator Network, encompassing the Accelerator Academy, which has supported 150 high growth tech start – ups helping to prepare the companies to raise c£50m+ of investment, and the EU-backed Fast Forward Pre-Accelerator Programme working with 3 chartered institutes to provide tech, finance and marketing support to hundreds of UK startups. He is a board advisor to Dell for Entrepreneurs, and also an Ambassador for The Entrepreneurs’ Network. He sits on the board and finance committee of Capital Enterprise, the not-for-profit membership body for providers of enterprise support services in London. Ian was named in the Hot Topics 100 most influential Global tech accelerator leaders, 2015, Top 50 in the Smith & Williamson Power 100 and selected as a Tech City Insider Top 100. He won 2016 “Entrepreneurs Champion of the Year”, at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.