Piers Linney is a passionate businessman and a very successful entrepreneur, and former Dragon on the popular BBC Two television series ‘Dragon’s Den’. Piers is a well-known champion of entrepreneurship and SME's, and confidently shares his own story and extensive knowledge with audiences across the world, never failing to impress.
Piers is a well-known champion of entrepreneurship and growth businesses, and is best known as a former Dragon on BBC Dragons’ Den and as a Channel 4 Secret Millionaire, which was filmed inside a Young Offenders’ Institution.
Piers qualified as a lawyer specialised in corporate finance and venture capital in the City before joining the investment banking team at Credit Suisse.
He left the City to start a dotcom business and became the CEO of a corporate finance business raising funds for technology start-ups and SMEs before becoming a partner at a hedge fund specialising in providing structured debt and equity.
Piers has founded or invested in a number of technology, media and telecoms businesses and his businesses have won numerous awards, including Microsoft’s Global Hosting Partner of the Year. He has personally won a range of entrepreneurship awards, including Entrepreneur of the Year at the inaugural EY sponsored Black British Business Awards.
He recently co-founded Atherton Bikes, which uses 3D titanium additive manufacturing technology to create customised mountain bike designs. Piers sat on the Cabinet Office SME Panel and the Board of TechUK, and is a trustee of Nesta, the UK’s leading innovation foundation with a £450m endowment, which provides him with unique insights into the future of the economy and work.
Piers is a Non-Executive Director of the government-owned British Business Bank, which aims to unlock capital for UK SMEs and which has facilitated over £12bn of financing. Piers has been recognised as one of the top 100 most influential Black Britons and as a leading ethnic minority executive by The Financial Times. He is also an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace and on company boards.
Piers provides practical advice to entrepreneurs and business-owners with growth ambitions through his #ScaleUp initiative across a range of social media channels and his recently launched Startup with 'Piers Linney online course.'
Piers’ passion for business and encouraging entrepreneurial thinking is evident in his speeches, which he delivers in a confident and engaging manner. A champion of small businesses, he can speak about the importance of SMEs in the UK economy, technology in the business world, and the need for small businesses to have greater access to finance and growth. He shares his own story and extensive knowledge with corporate audiences around the world, never failing to impress.