Data from Dealroom has revealed that London has seen a near-record year of international investment, with $10.5bn poured into the capital’s startup scene in 2020. Although slightly down on 2019’s investment ($10.7bn), the figure was almost double 2018’s investment ($5.9bn) The investment figure places the UK as 5th in the world for VC tech investment, and second fastest growing global tech hub.
London saw three times as much global investment as the next European city, suggesting that despite Brexit, the UK will be a key place for international investment going forward. In fact, over half (57%) of VC investment was non-European.
With global investment so strong, UK companies will be looking to maximise their profile and attract international investment, many requiring venture capitalists or incubators to help them grow and attract investment. Firms like JPIN VCATS specialise in international investment, creating corridors between cities and introducing startups to emerging markets.
Gaurav Singh, Founding Partner at JPIN VCATS, the biggest UK-India investment platform comments on international investment into the UK
“It’s very positive that the UK is seeing such high levels of international investment. This is a great time for startups to be thinking about next steps and expansion into wider markets, and working with a specialist VC or incubator can help to utilise the growing pool of investment and achieve substantial growth.
“On a wider scale, it’s crucial that this is maintained going forward. London should make sure the doors remain open to investment – the government should be focusing on building relationships, brokering trade deals, and increasing investment between nations, helping to secure the UK’s place on the world stage.”