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Happy Wednesday Sifted Reader — we hope you're having a fab week.

In store for you today:
  • Europe's answer to Amazon Go
  • Football's impact on European tech
  • The 15 D2C healthtechs you need to know
  • Fintech's workplace harassment problem

\Consumer 

Meet Sensei, the Portuguese startup hoping to rival Amazon Go


Amazon Go is expanding fast — it's just opened two of its checkout-free stores in London.

But Portugal's Sensei is hot on its heels.

Its tech turns any store into an 'autonomous' store, and has just raised $6.5m in a round led by Seaya Ventures and Iberis Capital ahead of launching with its first retail customer imminently.

Freya Pratty reports.

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What's their secret to scaleup success? Listen here.

\Opinion

What happens if Ek buys Arsenal?


Tech personalities don't tend to buy sports clubs — especially European ones.

But perhaps it would make sense if they did.

As Spotify cofounder and CEO Daniel Ek plans a bid for football club Arsenal, Nicolas Colin muses on what that might mean for Europe's tech — and sports — sectors.

Could it be a gamechanger?

\Sifted Talks

Why every brand needs trust 


Does being ‘trustworthy’ really make your business more money? And how can startups invest in trust?

Learn how to gain your customers' loyalty from Microsoft Advertising's marketing director EMEA, Sean O'Connor, founder of Typology and Made.com, Ning Li, and director of programmes and engagement at B Lab, Kate Sandle.

Join us on May 6.

\For Members Healthtech

15 healthtechs set to boom in 2021, according to VCs


From cancer care to gut health, remote physiotherapy to fertility care, which are the direct-to-consumer healthcare startups investors are particularly excited about?

Sifted members can find out here.

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\Fintech

Tackling harassment at work


Last year, fintech employees in the UK reported more than 500 incidents of harassment at work via reporting platform InChorus.

Now, in a bid to tackle the issue, a new Slack bot is launching to track and collect data around microaggressions at fintechs. 

But which companies plan to use it? Ryan Weeks reports.

News that Matters

💼 Is negotiation-as-a-service the next frontier? Pactum, an Estonian company, sure thinks so. It just raised $11m and offers AI software that saves several Fortune 500 companies time in contract negotiations.

🏥 Sizing up the healthtech giants. Kry, the Swedish healthcare platform, has just raised $300m — but how does it compare to Europe's other healthtech giants? Sifted's Freya Pratty has the stats.

🔒 Darktrace is playing the limbo game. The UK-based cybersecurity company appears to have its IPO books covered according to reports. Sifted members can access our analysis of the company here.

💰 Draper Esprit's portfolio now exceeds €1bn after a successful year of investments, including in Riverlane, Cazoo and Primary Bid.

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🏛️ Founders are a privileged bunch — and it's time VCs did something about it. According to a new report, UK founders who receive VC funding are wildly unrepresentative of the UK population. Amy Lewin digs into the data.

🚀 Crypto boom — going to the moooon. Europe's cryptocurrency startups have scooped a record €805m so far in 2021 — more than has ever been raised in an entire year. Check out the data here.

🌅 Making a comeback after losing it all. Paul Harrison, cofounder of UK-based travel consultancy Not Just Travel, tells Maddyness how he coped during this recession — and the last.

🔥 Embedded finance is hot, hot, hot — and it's grabbing the attention of investors. VCs at FISV, Accel and Fin VC tell Business Insider why.

🚀 Cryptocurrency: ICYMI 🚀

The young traders betting on cryptocurrency

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