Bill Yost

Investment Manager


Bill joined the Group in 2018 as part of the Electronics, Materials, Manufacturing & Engineering Investment Team. He supports Mercia’s investment activities from sourcing deals through to sitting on the boards of portfolio companies. His focus is on early and growth-stage startups in hardware and materials.

Previous experience

Bill has spent the last 20 years commercialising technologies from corporate and university labs, including a decade of leadership roles in successful startups. His experience spans a broad range of materials and markets, and operationally, Bill has built management teams, negotiated license agreements and secured strategic partnerships in the US, UK, Europe and Japan. Bill studied Physics at Cornell and Cambridge Universities and holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, he earned an MSc from the Department of Accounting and Finance at the London School of Economics.