According to London & Partners, London is still the European hotspot for venture capitalists when it comes to fintech.
London remains the top European city for venture capital investment in financial technology firms, according to data released by Mayor Sadiq Khan’s promotional agency.London & Partners. Investors have poured more than $1 billion into fintech companies across the U.K., including those in London, since the beginning of the year, London & Partners said.
Fintech firms in the capital raised the overwhelming majority of cash — more than $980 million — and accounted for 90 percent of all fintech investments in the U.K. as a whole.
London & Partners said that 2017 was likely to be a record year for investment in the capital’s fintech sector.
But the entrepreneur admitted the capital faced a challenge from the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union in July 2016.
Agrawal said that the U.K.’s withdrawal from the EU would pose “major challenges,” but added that London’s fintech hub “cannot be replicated anywhere else.” He called for a Brexit that keeps London within the EU’s single market.
“This highlights the need for a Brexit which enables London to maintain its place at the heart of the single market, as the continent’s financial capital,” he said.
Major UK fintech investments this year
A number of U.K. fintech start-ups have raised considerable amounts of capital this year. One firm, Revolut, raised $66 million in a funding round in July. The digital banking alternative then topped up this investment with an additional $5.3 million just over two weeks later.
Revolut’s equity crowdfunding campaign was apparently so oversubscribed that 40,000 investors — including tennis star Andy Murray — committed more than $22 million to the start-up. Revolut’s CEO Nikolay Storonsky said that access to capital and London’s financial regulation were among the factors that made it possible to scale his business. “In just two years, Revolut has raised over $90 million in investment and attracted over 900,000 users,” Storonsky said in a statement Thursday. “There is no doubt in my mind that a large part of our success is down to choosing London and the U.K. as our headquarters and home.”
Mobile app-based Starling Bank, meanwhile, has said it looks to raise $54 million from investors to drive expansion into international markets.
“Thanks to the unique ecosystem we have in the city — which gives us access to talent, capital, forward-looking retailers and consumers — we’ve grown into a major brand in a very short period of time, becoming Europe’s fastest growing loyalty and mobile payments provider.”
He added that growing his business “probably wouldn’t have been possible to achieve — at least not this soon — in any other city.”
Nine European cities ranked by total venture capital investment in fintech
- London, U.K.: $3.49 billion
- Stockholm, Sweden: $659 million
- Berlin, Germany: $436 million
- Paris, France: $327 million
- Dublin, Ireland: $108 million
- Amsterdam, Netherlands: $98 million
- Zurich, Switzerland: $90 million
- Madrid, Spain: $45 million
- Frankfurt, Germany: $34 million.