The UK retains its crown as Europe’s capital for FinTech investment

20th January 2021 | News

xBy Innovate Finance


  • UK FinTech attracts $4.1bn in venture capital and ranks second globally, only behind the US
  • Global FinTech investment reaches $44bn – an overall increase of 14% from 2019
  • Britain dominates European FinTech investment, followed by Germany and Sweden

January 20th 2021, London – Innovate Finance, the industry body representing UK FinTech, has today released investment figures for the global FinTech sector in 2020 that reinforce the UK’s position as a global and European leader.

The UK FinTech sector has retained its role as the top-ranking investment destination in Europe, with $4.1bn venture capital and growth private equity invested across a total of 408 deals. This represents a YoY drop of 9% – an expected shift given the global Covid-19 pandemic and the surrounding economic challenges. Globally, the UK ranks second only to the US in total capital raised.

Overall, global FinTech investment for 2020 reached $44 billion across 3,052 deals. Total investment increased by 14% from 2019, highlighting another strong year for the sector worldwide, and showing resilience in the face of a challenging economic climate. The US attracted investment of $22 billion, up 29%, while Indonesia ranked third with $3.3 billion and India fourth with $2.6 billion.

The UK dominated European FinTech investment, accounting for just under half of the total $9.3 billion, and with more deals and capital invested than Germany, Sweden, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands combined.

Within Europe, Germany was second with $1.4bn of investment across 71 deals, up 50%. Sweden ranked third with $1.3bn of capital raised, with France ($522m) and Switzerland ($294m) closing out the top five.

Among global deals, the top three FinTech investment rounds were secured by Gojek in Indonesia ($3bn; payments and ride-hailing platform), and Stripe ($850m; payments) and Chime ($700m; challenger bank) in the US.

The largest investments in Europe were secured by payments company Klarna in Sweden ($650m), and challenger banks Revolut in the UK ($580m) and N26 in Germany ($570m).

London-based firms attracted 91% of capital invested in UK FinTech, receiving $3.8 billion across 310 deals. Among these, Revolut led the way with the largest UK deal ($580m), followed by Molo ($343m), and Monzo ($166m).

Investment backing for female founders in UK FinTech grew to $720m in 2020, accounting for 17% of total investment - an increase from 11% of the total in 2019.

Charlotte Crosswell, CEO of Innovate Finance, commented: “Given the tough and turbulent year we’ve experienced, it’s very encouraging to see strength and resilience in the global FinTech sector’s ability to raise capital. Now more than ever, we should celebrate the strong position the UK has carved out at an international level. We are a world-leading FinTech hub, and as the figures reveal, the epicentre of FinTech in Europe – despite the many challenges thrown our way.

“The pandemic has created new barriers for many companies seeking funding, so it is all the more vital that we support our innovative companies to fuel their future success and growth. The upcoming FinTech Strategic Review is a key step on that path that will help to ensure long-term, sustained investment.”


Notes to editors 

The global data was compiled and summarised by Innovate Finance using PitchBook data as of 8th January 2021. The data may vary from prior analysis by Innovate Finance based on PitchBook’s latest data at the time of review. FinTech investment includes accelerator, incubator, angel, seed, early and later stages VC, and PE growth/expansion funding. The data has not been reviewed or approved by PitchBook.

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About Innovate Finance

Innovate Finance is the independent industry body that represents and advances the global FinTech community in the UK. Our mission is to accelerate the UK's leading role in the financial services sector by directly supporting the next generation of technology-led innovators.

Innovate Finance's membership ranges from seed stage startups and global financial institutions to investors, professional services firms, and global FinTech hubs. All benefit from Innovate Finance's unique position as the single point of access to promote enabling policy and regulation, talent and skills, business opportunity and growth, and investment capital.

By bringing together and connecting the most forward-thinking participants in financial services, Innovate Finance is helping create a global financial services sector that is more transparent, more sustainable and more inclusive.

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