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About this report

We have analysed all equity investment in UK startups and high-growth companies between 1 July - 30 September 2016.

We examine the size and frequency of deals around the UK, the stage of evolution, sector and location of companies that are being backed, and the nature of the funders that are backing them - from crowdfunding, to venture capital, private equity and more.


Key findings 

  • Deals completed by equity crowdfunding platforms fell 20% - a record amount -  compared with the previous quarter.


  • Across the board in Q3, deal numbers fell over 16% compared to the previous quarter, with the the sharpest decline felt in August.


  • However, investment amounts are up by 5% from £775m to £817m – helped significantly by Deliveroo’s securing of £210m. Without this deal, the picture would be significantly darker.


  • Deal numbers fell at all stages of company evolution, but most acutely among very early-stage companies, where they fell by 20% (compared to 13% for venture-stage and 14% for growth-stage companies).


  • Deal numbers decreased in most regions, except for the East Midlands and North East, where they increased from 3 to 7 (by 133%)  and from 6 to 12 (100%) respectively.


  • Private equity and venture capital deal numbers fell by 10% across the board.


  • The top-performing cities outside London were Cambridge, Manchester, and Edinburgh.