New role for dealmaker
Henderson makes switch from Par Equity to Mercia
Mr Henderson, who joins from venture capital firm Par Equity, was born and raised in New Zealand before moving to Scotland and starting his career with Deloitte in Edinburgh almost 10 years ago.
He has worked on a range of high-profile deals including most recently the £1.5million investment into Novosound, the University of the West of Scotland’s first spinout company; the £2mi investment in the University of Edinburgh spinout Speech Graphics; and the £6.1m investment into Snap40, the UK’s largest seed funding round for a digital healthcare business.
He said: “Mercia has a strong track record for supporting breakthrough ideas and scaling young businesses and I look forward to working with the team and drawing on the substantial resources of the Group.
“My role will be to identify new investment opportunities and nurture the next generation of Scottish tech businesses.”
Mercia opened its Edinburgh office in 2015 and now has partnerships with six Scottish universities – Edinburgh, Strathclyde, Napier, St Andrews, Heriot-Watt and Abertay. The office is led by Alistair Forbes, who is also Mercia’s head of software & the internet.
Dr Forbes said: “Scotland is one of the biggest and most vibrant tech hubs in the UK and Marcus’s investment experience and his extensive connections in the Scottish early-stage tech ecosystem further strengthen our capabilities here.
“His appointment will help us to continue to build our capacity and support our ambition to be an investor of choice for the very best early-stage tech businesses in the country.”