Q3 2020 investment figures

UK Equity Investment Market Update: Q3 2020

We look at equity fundraising activity across the UK to spot emerging trends and patterns in the market.

The key findings from Q3 2020

  • The total amount raised in Q3 2020 totalled £2.70b — a 48% increase from the previous period and a 1% drop from Q3 2019.
  • Deal numbers declined to their lowest point since Q4 2016. A total of 402 deals were announced during the quarter, a 12% decrease from the previous quarter and a 7% decrease from Q3 2019.
  • The number of seed stage deals dropped 20% from Q2 2020, and first-time fundraising fell to a new low. Just 87 companies announced their first fundraise in Q3 2020, down from a high of 214 in Q2 2014.
  • Fintech had its second best quarter on record, with 60 deals completed. Meanwhile artificial intelligence saw investment activity slow for the third quarter.
  • For the first time on record, all-female founding teams raised more than double the funding of mixed gender teams. This was driven by sister-led Karma Kitchen’s £252m round—the largest deal of the quarter.

About the authors

hannah skingle

Hannah leads on Beauhurst's data-driven publications and content creation, and is an expert on emerging trends in the UK's high-growth space. Hannah studied Liberal Arts with a major in English Literature at King's College London.

Ella halmari

Ella is a visual design and data analysis specialist. She is an expert in data visualisation and content creation, playing a lead role in analysis and production of Beauhurst’s data-driven publications and brand communications. Ella holds a post-graduate diploma in Visual Communication from UAL and the IMC qualification from the CFA Society.

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