The fintechs making their staff rich 💰

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Boy do we have some excellent resources for you today:
  • A guide to fintech equity packages
  • The startups VCs are looking for
  • The Big Idea: our third instalment
  • The French deeptechs you need to know


Which fintechs offer the best — and worst — equity packages to employees?

Ever been tempted to join a startup for the equity? Getting shares in a company can be a 'get rich slow' strategy. But that's not always the case.

Startups vary in how much of the pie they offer, and the clauses attached to it — so how do Europe's top fintechs (Revolut, Monzo, Curve, N26, Wise and more) rank when it comes to the all-important equity question? 

Isabel Woodford found out who gives the best equity compensation.

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The next big startup idea — according to Europe's top seed investors

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Sifted turned the tables — what would they like to see more of? What do they see as a gap in the market right now?

From activist investments to open law, Kai Nicol-Schwarz found out.

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The Big Idea: injectable health monitoring implants

For the third instalment of our Big Idea series, we've taken a look at another company with a weird, wacky and gamechanging concept: DSRuptive.

The startup has been developing injectable implants: small, glass capsules, the size of a grain of rice, inserted into the body with sensors in them to capture health data.

What could this mean for healthtech?

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France’s deeptech startups to watch, according to investors

When it comes to deeptech, France has big ambitions, talent and funding. 

Paris-Saclay University competes with Princeton for the title of world's best mathematics school, while Bpifrance, the nation's public investment arm, has €2bn to invest in deeptechs.

So which French deeptechs have the most promise? 

Cecile Bussy surveys the nation's investors.

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News that Matters

⏭️ Sennder raises — again. The German freight forwarder raised a $80m Series D, adding to its $160m first close in January which earned the company unicorn status. Freya Pratty reports.

🌎 Belvo: Plaid for Latin America. The Barcelona-founded open finance startup has raised the largest ever Series A for a fintech operating in Latin America — a cool $43m from Kibo Ventures, Future Positive and angels like Wise CTO Harsh Sinha. Find out why they're differentiating themselves from open banking.

🦄 Europe's latest unicorn is Bought By Many, a pet insurtech which provides its services to almost 500k pets worldwide. After a $350m round led by EQT Growth, it's now worth $2bn. Sifted members can find the details here — as well as the full list of unicorns.

🦊 Another insurtech megaround. Berlin-based Wefox has raised $650m, jumping from a $2bn valuation to $3bn — and threefold since 2019. According to Reuters, Wefox agents sell nine of every 10 policies in Europe.

👨‍💻 Freelance platform Malt scores an €80m raise as corporates continue to seek more freelance talent. The company now services 40k business clients and 250k freelancers. Chris O'Brien has the details.

🌳 Stripe is spending $2.75m on carbon removal. Back in 2019, the payments processor committed to spend at least $1m per year — in 2020 they announced Swiss cleantech Climeworks won the first round. This year, the list includes UK-based Mission Zero and Future Forest Company.

Sifted Suggests

❌ Fintech needs more software, not more banking apps, says Balderton partner Rob Moffat. The enterprise software market is the same size as the SME sector — and, he argues, simplification, integration and transparency are more critical than ever.

💸 In case you missed it, OpenVC is tracking every venture capital firm worldwide. You can search by vertical, country, investment stage and first cheque size — and even submit your pitch deck in-app.

🐕 The ABCs of Dogecoin. The Washington Post have written this introduction to the 'meme' cryptocurrency, which was valued at almost $90bn in early April.

🛵 Ocado cofounder dismisses speedy delivery rivals in an interview with the FT. He questioned whether startups like Getir and Gorillas are sustainable post-pandemic, while giving the latest on Ocado's own one-hour-delivery service, Zoom.

Europe's top startups

🇫🇷 In France 🇫🇷

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🇩🇪 In Germany 🇩🇪

🇸🇪 In the Nordics 🇮🇸

🇱🇹 In the Baltics 🇪🇪

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