Deal-flow mavens aren’t sweating the venture slowdown

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As we get closer to the end of the year, I thought it would be a good time to catch up with a few people who kept a close eye on deal flow in 2022 and look for indicators of what might be coming in 2023.

On a side note, this newsletter is going on a break until January 7, 2023. Thanks a lot for reading me since I took over from Alex back in May. I look forward to writing more dispatches in the New Year! — Anna

An update on deal-flow newsletters

I wrote a piece in May about deal-flow newsletters, whose goal is to help investors discover interesting startups without leaving their inbox. In light of how the global market for startup investment has changed — dwindled — in 2022, and how media companies have struggled, we were curious how the projects we learned about earlier in the year were doing. So we checked in, chatting with the founder of deal-flow newsletter PreSeed Now Martin SFP Bryant.

He shared the following updates:

  • From the start of May to the start of December, PreSeed Now has profiled more than 50 early-stage B2B and deep tech startups from around the U.K.
  • It’s driving deal flow. Many startups report getting interest from tech investors as a result of the coverage. Startups have also recruited staff and gained additional media interest as a result of being featured.
  • In terms of actual investments generated, that is a bit harder to measure at this stage, but I’m going to conduct some research into this as we approach the newsletter’s first birthday in May 2023.

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