Transforming epilepsy treatment 🧠

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Happy Wednesday Sifted readers,

Today we're getting you all caught up on:
  • Tech transfer gone wrong
  • The LPs investing in UK VC
  • A new treatment for medication-resistant epilepsy
  • Who's winning Europe's BNPL race

\Deeptech 

The Hyperloop that never was


Before Musk's Hyperloop, there was Pipenet.

Invented by Italian professor Franco Cotana, the magnet-powered funnel was designed to transport goods at thousands of kilometres an hour, faster than any train, car or plane. 

But now the prototype sits, unused, by a declining steel mill in Italy.

Why? Ben Munster finds out what happens when universities let down their entrepreneurs.

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US LPs are coming for UK VC funds


Post-Brexit vote, the proportion of European LPs in UK VC funds has dropped, according to a new report from Collective Equity — while the proportion of US LPs has grown.

And that's not the only interesting finding. The vast majority of LPs in UK VC funds have invested in just one fund manager — and they're mostly men.

So what's to be done? Amy Lewin finds out.

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\Healthtech

Neuroelectrics raises $17.5m to transform epilepsy treatment


Barcelona-based biotech Neuroelectrics might just have found a way to reduce seizures in epileptic patients who don't respond to medication — via a headcap. 

It's now starting a Phase 3 clinical trial and — if the trial is successful — the treatment could be rolled out by doctors across the US.

Beyond epilepsy, Neuroelectrics' headcap also shows promise for treating conditions like depression, Alzheimer's and ADHD. 

Tim Smith has the details.

\Fintech

Who's winning the BNPL race?


Spoiler: it's Klarna, which recorded 8m mobile downloads in Europe alone last year. Its closest rival Clearpay managed just 1m.

Ahead of its rumoured public listing, that's good news for the Swedish fintech.

But just how far behind are its competitors?

Isabel Woodford finds out.

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Meet the edtech startup spicing up STEM for students


In the latest instalment of Sifted's Local Heroes series, we spoke to Developing Experts — a Norfolk-based digital education platform for kids that's boomed over the past year.

Founder and CEO Sarah Mintey revealed how the UK can solve its STEM skills gap, as well as why Norfolk's founder-angel community was key in its growth.

Read more.

News that Matters

🚘 Buckle up, because Arrival and Uber are teaming up. Arrival, the UK electric vehicle unicorn, is making a car for Uber drivers. It's all part of Uber's promise to become fully electric in London by 2025 — and it's Arrival's first car (so far, it's made vans and buses). 

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