By Daniel Hunter

Tech entrepreneur Piers Linney has said, "I'm out", as he announced he is quitting BBC's Dragon's Den.

The current series of the programme, which started last week, will be Linney's last, as he focuses on his cloud computing firm Outsourcey. He joins Kelly Hoppen and Duncan Bannatyne in backing out of the programme in the future.

Linney has backed nine businesses in his two years on the show, including a £100,000 investment in a youth travel company Mainstage Travel.

Speaking about his departure from Dragon's Den, Linney, said: "I have enjoyed every minute of my time on Dragons' Den and feel honoured to have had the opportunity to contribute to such an iconic and long-running TV show and to have been the first Dragon with Afro Caribbean heritage.

"It is now the right time for me to move on, although entrepreneurship and diversity are two of my greatest passions so I will continue to focus my energies on supporting both.

"It has been a great experience and a pleasure to share with millions of viewers the growing importance of digital innovation and how the technology and creative sectors are making their profound marks on the evolving landscape of British business. It will be interesting to see who takes my seat."

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