Highlights and commentary on an extraordinary year

Seedrs saw record levels of fundraising and investing in 2020

In a year of unprecedented global challenges, Seedrs' mission held strong and thrived, helping more entrepreneurs raise more money, from more investors, than ever before.


Total funded deals


Invested into campaigns


Funding success rate


Transacted on the Secondary Market


£1M+ campaigns

(% of campaigns that closed in 2020 from those that went live in 2020)

Our investors have interacted with our platform like never before...


Individual investments made


The most investments made by a single investor


conversations with entrepreneurs

The top campaigns

Most investment raised

£10M raised

1,712 investors |  200% funded

Highest percentage funded

900%+ funded

£2,346,770 raised | 664 investors

Most investors

5k+ investors

Raised  £2,346,350  | 114% funded

We continue to work towards our global vision

We helped businesses from Iberia to the Caribbean raise investment from a pan-European investor base. 

Businesses from

Investors from


countries raised capital

through us in 2020


countries invested capital

through us in 2020

Growing our secondary market offering

2020 was a big year for the Seedrs Secondary Market, with a record-breaking +193% growth in value transacted. August saw the introduction of variable pricing, bringing more investors and liquidity into the market and representing a huge step forward in our path to a fully functioning market. By December, sellers had seen profits increase by a massive 250%* versus January, and businesses too reaped the rewards, with the secondary market providing a compelling investor engagement mechanism for businesses in between primary rounds.


In transactions

+193% vs 2019


Profit increase


Share lots

Profit per Seller in Dec / Profit per Seller in Jan

And beyond the Seedrs Secondary Market, 7 of our portfolio companies delivered profitable company-level exits in 2020.

Launching our secondaries solution

This year we also opened secondaries to a wider group of private businesses, allowing a company's direct shareholders - from founders to angels to employees - to sell their shares to Seedrs investors regardless of whether the business raised primary capital through Seedrs. Since launch, we’ve generated a fantastic amount of interest in this service, partnering with Capdesk and launching our first Secondary Campaign with Safetonet, and we have many exciting businesses in the pipeline for 2021.

Strong performance in a tough year

Thoughts from the Chairman

When the scale of the Covid pandemic became apparent to us in March 2020, we—like pretty much every other company across the globe—had no idea what would be in store for us. We battened down the hatches as best we could, focusing on our core business and deferring longer-term strategic projects, but we thought there was no way of avoiding a down year—and likely significantly down—compared with our record achievements in 2019.

So to come to the end of 2020 having delivered meaningful growth across all key metrics is a source of great pride. The numbers we are sharing here represent two things for us. First, they are a validation of one our founding hypotheses, that equity investment in growing private companies is a largely non-correlated activity that can thrive in good times and in bad. But equally, they are a testament to the hard work and tremendous dedication of our whole team, working under tough circumstances to deliver the best possible outcomes for our entrepreneurs and investors.

We are also conscious that, while a number of our portfolio companies have likewise thrived this year, many others—especially, but not only in the hospitality and leisure spaces—have struggled under these extraordinary conditions. We were pleased to be able to support a number of them with new financing rounds, including 45 campaigns we that attracted matched funding from the UK government’s Future Fund. For some others, the burdens of the year were just too great to survive, and while such is the life of startups, we commiserate with their teams and wish them the best of luck in their next endeavours.

We enter 2021 buoyed by our achievements in the past year, but also conscious that normality is still a ways off. Whatever the year ahead holds in store for the economy and the world, we look forward to continuing to expand and improve our offering (including through our planned merger with Crowdcube) and to providing more investors with more opportunities to invest in more great entrepreneurial businesses than ever before.

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*The performance figures set out on this webpage refer to the past, and past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results. As such, this is not an indication of the performance of any other investment opportunity on Seedrs. Returns were calculated using unaudited accounts and are inclusive of fees.

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