British Fintech Startups Raise $1.4B, Reclaim Throne as Top VC Destination


  • Despite concerns over London’s fintech status, the UK ranks 3rd globally in startup investment.
  • Monzo and Flagstone lead the pack, securing significant funding rounds.

The UK fintech sector has reclaimed its position as the most funded startup sector in the country, raising an impressive $1.4 billion across 73 rounds in the first quarter of 2024. This resurgence succeeds the energy sector briefly surpassing fintech in 2023 to become the UK’s top startup investment destination.

UK Fintech Sector Rebounds in Q1 2024, Attracting $1.4B in Investments

According to the latest report published by Dealroom and HSBC Innovation Banking, British startups garnered a total of $3.9 billion in funding during the first three months of 2024, with $1.4 billion directed towards the fintech sector.

“Among emerging frontier technology segments, semiconductors and quantum computing have been gaining momentum, for startups often based in science hubs like Cambridge and Oxford,” the report revealed. Challenger banks took the top spot, raising nearly $450 million in funding.

Among the major deals, several late-stage funding rounds have been secured for prominent companies. Monzo, a digital challenger bank, garnered £340 million in a late-stage venture capital round, while Flagstone, a cash deposit platform, raised £108 million in a growth equity round.