Jenny Tooth discusses the findings of Beauhurst’s 2019 Equity Market data & encourages angels to take part in our research
Latest data from Beauhurst on the 2019 Equity Market shows that only 29% of investments were less than £500k in Q3 compared to 52% in Q2 . There was also a significant shift towards much larger deals, average deal size being £7.68m Q3 compared with £1.51m in Q2 showing that VC funds are becoming more risk averse during this period whilst some Angel and seed stage investors may be holding back waiting for the Brexit deal decision. This has reached a crucial stage this week with Boris’ latest proposals having gained agreement by EU leaders today, but with DUP holding back and Parliament’s reactions on Saturday still awaited.
At the same time, with the Chancellor’s budget now being planned for 6th November, we need to consider how far Angel investment and the fiscal environment surrounding it , will remain a policy priority for this government going forward when dealing withe outcomes of Brexit, deal or no-deal. Up to date evidence of the impact of angel investors on our entrepreneurial economy will be vital. That is why we need all of our community to support our latest UKBAA Angel market research in collaboration with British Business Bank. We need as many Angel investors as possible to help us build these statics . Do please complete the online survey and share your perspective on Angel investment and help us create a robust data set on the market. Follow the link here.
Despite the current economic and political environment, we will continue at UKBAA to promote angel investment as vital source of risk capital for the UK’s early stage innovators as and growth builders and encourage more individuals to enter the Angel investment market across the UK. A key challenge remains the need to attract more women into Angel investment and to tap into this important pool of risk capital. This is the focus of our Northern Women Angel Investment Forum next Wednesday 23rd October being held at Manchester at the exciting UKFast Campus. This event will enable us to hear the experiences of women already angel investing and to debate with women leaders on what more can be done to create real change in the gender mix in our investment ecosystem . So I do hope that you will come along next week to join the debate on this important topic.
You can also see below some recent coverage in the media that we have gained on this subject.