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Downs and Ups of Tech Investment in 2020 – Key Figures and Trends

Ascendant has just completed its review of venture investment in private technology companies in the UK and Ireland during 2020 and I thought you might be interested in a few of the facts and figures.  The headlines are: £9.45bn was […]

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Mega, major and just “plain large” VC deals in the UK/Ireland in 2020

In the US, the term “megadeals” refers to VC investments of over $100m (i.e. c. £75m).  The usage of this name tag is less common in the UK but like the US, mega-deals are becoming increasingly common – even in […]

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Tech Investment in Q3 2020 – Continuing Impact of Covid19

Ascendant has just completed its review of venture investment in private technology companies in the UK and Ireland during Q3. It is clear that Covid19 continued to have an impact on investment activity during the summer and early autumn, but […]

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Tech Investment in the CoronaVirus Quarter/Q2 2020 – Key Figures and Trends

Ascendant has just completed its review of venture investment in private technology companies inhe UK and Ireland during Q2 – the CoronaVirus Quarter – and we thought our clients, colleagues and friends might be interested in a few of the […]

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Venture Investment and Coronavirus – Early Data

There are lots of rumours and whispers doing the rounds right now on the state of the venture market – the vast majority are of the doom laden/end of the world type. Most folks passing on these pearls of wisdom have […]

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IPO or Company Sale – that is the question…

2019 has been a great year for tech IPOs in the US.  Notably after an extended period in private ownership, Uber finally listed in May and Slack in June both on the NYSE.  This follows a very busy year in 2018 […]

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Party time for UK/Irish Tech as Venture Investment continues to grow…

Ascendant has just completed its review of venture investment in private technology companies in the UK and Ireland during 2018 and it has never been higher. The chart below highlights the last 5 years but we can confirm that just […]

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Are Exits to Strategic Buyers possible for Small Companies? Some Magic to consider…

Newsfeeds and papers often seem full of deals where innovative small companies have been acquired for seemingly insane valuations by large corporations.  We have all heard of Facebook’s purchase of Oculus or Apple’s acquisition of Dr Dre’s Beats Electronics, but […]

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Ascendant talking at the Cisco Start-up Hub on the UK Venture Market

Tom Kneen, from the Cisco Start Up Hub, sat down for a chat with Stuart McKnight, Managing Director at Ascendant , to unpick some of the stats from the 2016 PAGEONE report and find out what we can expect from […]

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Appetite for Risk in UK/Irish Venture

During 2016, Ascendant extended its analysis of the Venture Market by establishing a Risk Appetite Index. We wanted to measure how the appetite for risk varies from quarter to quarter and between different types of investor, sectors and regions. The […]

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