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Today, we peek behind the curtain of JPMorgan's upcoming digital bank — which is shrouded in mystery — and share exclusive details. What else are we covering?
  • How to avoid CEO burnout
  • The foodtech startups other foodtech founders rate
  • Breakout fintechs of 2021: ranked
  • Solving the meal kit startup packaging problem

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Inside JPMorgan's UK new digital bank


JPMorgan Chase is gearing up to launch its British digital bank, which will be branded as Chase (UK) and has been tightly kept under wraps — until now.

Sifted got an exclusive look at its plan of action, product exclusives and exec team.

Should the UK fintech players — like Monzo and Starling Bank — be concerned?

Isabel Woodford and Ryan Weeks report.

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Founders, you don't have to be a CEO


Since stepping down from his role as CEO, James Routledge, founder of Sanctus says that it was one of the best moves he's made in his life.

He thinks that founders shouldn't feel pressured to take on the role of a CEO if they don't want to — or if they're actually not that great at the role — and wants to smash the taboo of not admitting to it.

But why do founders feel like they have to be a CEO? And how can they avoid CEO burnout?

Find out here.

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13 foodtech startups to watch, according to foodtech founders


European foodtech startups are on a funding frenzy this year so far — they've raised €4.9bn from VCs — up from €2.7bn in all of 2020.

This has largely been steered by big successes in subsectors like 10-minute grocery delivery and alternative proteins.

But which of Europe's up-and-coming foodtechs are worth watching? 

Top foodtech founders share their nominations here.

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Breakout fintechs of 2021: ranked


Fintech is another sector which has (unsurprisingly) come out on top this year. We've seen new unicorns, colossal funding rounds and IPOs being lined up.

In light of this, we have updated our famous fintech rankings of 100+ fintechs to watch. It now includes 35 newbies.

Can you guess who they are?

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Solving the meal kit startup packaging problem


Sales of meal kits and recipe boxes soared throughout the pandemic. German meal kit company HelloFresh says revenues doubled in 2020, while UK competitor Mindful Chef saw sales increase by 230% in 2020.

But there's a big problem with this sales boom — packaging.

The meal kit startups are aware, and they're trying to fix the problem. So what solutions have they come up with?

Sarah Drumm finds out.

News that Matters

📱 R​​ent-not-buy. Berlin-based consumer technology subscription platform Grover has raised $1bn in debt financing. The company — which offers users over 3k third-party products to rent (like Samsung phones) — has circulated 475k products to date, equivalent to 1.4k tonnes of e-waste.

🌸 Flower power. Barcelona-based D2C/B2B flower marketplace Colvin raised €45m from Eurazeo, while the UK’s Bloom & Wild raised £50m. It also bought French competitor Bergamotte, in turn quadrupling the size of its French business.

🗺️ The travel recovery? 14W and Mangrove Capital Partners led the $30m Series C funding round into Spanish tour operator Exoticca. Things are looking rosy for the startup — which has been fighting against a struggling travel sector — and said that its sales are currently 50% higher than before Covid.

🇹🇷 Turkey’s first decacorn. The Alibaba-backed ecommerce company Trendyol hit the whopping valuation of $16.5bn after raising $1.5bn from investors including General Atlantic. The company holds 34% of Turkey’s ecommerce market.

💻 Digital content. Berlin-based content platform Contentful bagged a $175m Series F round with a valuation of over $3bn. Mega investor Tiger Global led the round.

🚀 The SpaceX of Europe? Isar Aerospace, a German startup building rockets to deploy satellites into space, raised $75m in a Series B extension with big investors like Earlybird and Lakestar backing. The startup launched its rocket engine off the production line in April, which Sifted covered.

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