London still remains the investor’s destination of choice with businesses such as Made.com, Gousto and EToro still raising considerable sums so far in 2018. The first quarter of this year has seen healthy, although slight cooling off of VC activity with just over $1billion was invested in UK startups in the first three months of the year; this is following a big year of more than $8billion invested in UK startups in 2017.
Despite the trend in the number of deals in the UK continuing to drop, investors are seem focused on making a smaller number of later stage deals. This plays considerably to the UK’s strengths with a much more mature startup sector than is seen in other European cities where startup hubs are still emerging.
Fintech remains a key focus for VCs, with Social Trading and Investing Network eToro raising $100 million in order to fuel growth. Early fintech companies such as Funding Circle are considering exits – which could make the remainder of 2018 exciting for this segment of the market. As the UK startup ecosystem has matured, a lot of later stage startups have shifted their focus from growth to profitability, particularly in the fintech space.
Now we are seeing some fintechs succeeding - they are delivering on profitability objectives and positioning themselves for potential exit over the next one or two years.
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