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6th March 2017

March 2017
  • Yearly deal numbers fell for the first time, by 18%.
  • The total amount invested also fell by 12% from 2015.
  • Crowdfunding deals at growth-stage increased 10%, with 80% of these deals being completed by companies crowdfunding for the first time.
  • There was no significant drop in deal numbers after the EU referendum, suggesting Brexit has so far had little to no short-term impact on equity investment.
  • Investment into early-stage life sciences companies is booming. Seed-stage life sciences businesses saw a 19% increase in deals, and a record £202m invested.
  • Wales and Northern Ireland bucked the general trend, seeing a 30% and 8% increase in deal numbers respectively.

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