jerry ennis

Technology Financing Specialist

jerry ennis

Jerry EnnisI have more than 25 years of international investment, company building, product development and business strategy experience. I have held exec, non-exec board and operational roles in a number of established and start-up companies.

At the start of my career I worked in several roles in the telecoms industry.

I started life as a software developer and was rapidly appointed to the role of Head of Advanced Research & Development for Mitel Telecom. I left Mitel to co-found Interconnect Communications: a VC backed business that was subsequently acquired by Telcordia Technologies, a major US telecoms technology business.

During this period I gained extensive international sales, business development and operational experience. I spent time working in the US, western/eastern Europe, and Russia. Customers included: Intel, Cisco, BT, IBM, Ericsson, Polycom and numerous other Tier-1 telecoms companies. I also took on a number of technology transfer and regulatory assignments for the European Union and other national governments.

In 2001 I joined Doughty Hanson as one of the five founding partners of a new ~$300M Venture Capital fund. As a VC I invested in a number of start-up and more mature businesses. My investment experience covers fixed and mobile communications, Internet, mobile entertainment, new media and social networking/social media. I achieved a number of successful exits.

In 2009 I moved back into the entrepreneur world taking a year-long assignment as COO of Handmade Mobile Entertainment; a company in which I had previously invested.

Recently I have worked as NED of an IPTV company, a Tier One mobile operator security provider and most recently as a Strategic Advisor to UKTI’s Venture Capital Unit. I act as a mentor for a number of start-up and accelerator programmes.

Specialities

Sourcing and identifying investment opportunities
Deal execution
Business building, at a strategic and operational level
Raising finance
Planning and executing M&A and exit strategies.