Sifted - Europe's biggest ever Series B 😅

View this email in your browser
Hello Sifted Reader,

Europe has been taken over by NFT mania. Yesterday, NFT-based fantasy football game Sorare raised a monster $680m Series B at a $4.3bn valuation, making it France’s most highly-valued scaleup. Smaller startups, like NFT sneakers marketplace Futures Factory,  also raised this week. Maybe NFTs have finally entered the mainstream... 

Also in this issue: 
  • Lvndr raises £1.5m to help destigmatise LGBTQ+ sexual health
  • Six startup ideas — from Germany’s top VCs
  • Why entrepreneurship should be mandatory at school
  • Tiger's on the prowl


Sorare valued at $4.3bn after monster Series B led by SoftBank

In a bid to take the NFT craze mainstream, Sorare — the blockchain-based fantasy football game — has raised a $680m Series B round led by SoftBank.

It’s the biggest Series B round in Europe to date, gives the company into a whopping $4.3bn valuation and makes it France’s highest-valued scaleup.

Is this madness? Maija Palmer finds out.

\A message from our sponsor Tech Nation 

The next big thing in fintech, biotech, edtech and beyond?

Meet Tech Nation’s newest cohort of late-stage unicorns and soonicorns in their Future Fifty programme, which counts Depop and Monese as alumni.

Discover the next generation of unicorns here.


Lvndr raises £1.5m to help destigmatise LGBTQ+ sexual health

Healthcare is failing the LGBTQ+ community, and London-based healthtech platform Lvndr wants to change this.

Securing investment wasn’t easy, but Lvndr's just closed a seed funding round from Octopus Ventures, alongside Calm Storm Ventures, Soho Ventures and several angel investors.

Here’s how Lvndr hopes to transform the LGBTQ+ health sector.

\For Members Venture Capital 

Six startup ideas — from Germany’s top VCs

The life of a VC involves listening to thousands of startup pitches — some good, some not so good — and choosing only the best ones to plug cash into. 

But what startup would they be pitching if they were starting a company today?

Sifted spoke to six of Germany’s top investors to hear their startup ideas — asking them where they see a gap in the market, and how it could be filled.

Here's what they came up with.

If you're not yet a Sifted member, subscribe here for as little as £19 per month.


Entrepreneurship should be mandatory at school

Maths and science are considered essential subjects at school — and entrepreneurship should be too, according to Vanessa Martins Lopes, CEO and cofounder of hair care startup The Wild Curl.

By teaching entrepreneurship skills as the default rather than as an afterthought, students are empowered to enter a world that would otherwise remain closed to them. 

Here’s how Europe can take action on the matter.

\Our latest report

Europe’s $3.6tn opportunity

Embedded finance is worth $43bn globally, with reports projecting it’ll grow to $3.6tn by 2030. It’s taken fintech by storm, but what does it mean for consumers — and banks?

Read Sifted’s embedded finance report to find out.

News that Matters

👟 NFT sneakers marketplace Futures Factory raises $2.5m. Amid a gold rush for startups that merge the worlds of crypto and the creator economy, the French company secured funding from some of Europe’s top investors — notably Seedcamp, Stride, Voodoo’s cofounders, Kima Ventures and RTP Global.

💳 TrueLayer announced a $130m funding round led by Tiger Global. The open banking infrastructure startup has now bagged a $1bn valuation, following a recent tsunami of investor interest in open banking. 

💵 Tiger makes its 27th European investment this year. Belfast-based Cloudsmith, a software supply chain management company, has raised a $15m Series A from the prolific US investor, the largest ever Series A in Northern Ireland.

🇫🇷 France overtakes Scandinavia in fintech funding. With French fintechs raising a total of €1.9bn so far this year, and pushing ahead of Sweden, Paris is now a ‘go to’ destination for investors in financial services.

🛒 French marketplace platform Mirakl raised $55m at a $3.5bn valuation. Ecommerce is booming — and so are SaaS companies, like Mirakl, which help businesses get themselves set up with online stores. Its clients include ABB, Airbus and Carrefour. Silver Lake led the round.

Sifted Suggests

💰 The future of fintech-enabled marketplaces. This Dealroom report looks at how marketplaces are partnering with fintech startups (like Klarna) to boost revenues and serve underbanked global communities.

👚 This clothing repairs app wants to transform the fashion industry. Josephine Philips, the founder of Sojo, wants to pioneer slow, ethical and sustainable fashion — and she’s launched a Deliveroo-style app for clothing repairs.

📚 What can we learn from edtech startups’ expansion in Europe? Digital education is now so commonplace that it’s possible to build a billion-dollar edtech in a single, larger European market, according to this article.

🇬🇧 UK tech investment reaches record $18bn. Investment in UK tech startups skyrocketed in the first half of 2021 — more than investment into Germany, France and Israel combined. More than half of the investments came from mega-rounds of $100m or more.
Michael Stothard

Get in touch with him at
Or find him tweeting @MStothard
Riddhi Kanetkar
Editorial Intern

Get in touch with her at
Or find her tweeting @r1ddhi
What would you like to read about in the next email?
Send us your suggestions
Follow us on social
Copyright © 2021 SIFTED (EU) LTD, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email because you opted in to our newsletters

Our mailing address is:
Huckletree Shoreditch
18 Finsbury Square
London, EC2A 1AH
United Kingdom

Add us to your address book

Want to tailor what you receive from us?
You can update your preferences to manage your newsletter and report subscriptions, or you can unsubscribe from Sifted if you never want to hear from us again.

Key phrases

Older messages

Neobanks doing BNPL: smart or stupid? 🤔

Monday, September 20, 2021

Heartcore raises $250m | IP financing 101 | Bringing top talent to small tech hubs View this email in your browser Hi Sifted Reader, What do you get when you mix a neobank together with a buy-now pay-

Y Combinator: Is it worth it? 🤔

Friday, September 17, 2021

Carbon accounting: does it work? | Truecaller's IPO View this email in your browser Hi Sifted Reader, Spain's digital nomad visa could help you swap the office for a warm beach on the Med.

The LP cartel 😳

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Tom Blomfield spills the beans | Errol Damelin's angel investments | The startups backed by the Future Fund View this email in your browser Hola Sifted Reader, We've all had our fair share of

Last chance to join Sifted’s Founding Member club ⏰

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Get the actionable insights you need to stay one step ahead of the competition. View this email in your browser \Membership Hey Sifted Reader, September is your last chance to take advantage of a 45%

Revolut vs ex-employees 🥊

Monday, September 13, 2021

Meet Beams | Ecommerce winners | Revolut's in trouble View this email in your browser Hi Sifted Reader, Uh oh, Revolut's in trouble with its earliest ex-employees; they've been told they

A conversation on love with Amrou Al-Kadhi

Thursday, September 16, 2021

A conversation on love, family and dating with Amrou Al-Kadhi Amrou Al-Kadhi admitted to having a crush on Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone when they were ten, on a family vacation. In response, their

Epic has already appealed Apple App Store lawsuit ruling

Monday, September 13, 2021

Now available on your smart speaker and wherever you get your podcasts Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | iHeart Radio It's Monday, September 13, 2021. The weekend before Apple's big

Gartner: AI will be ready for prime time sooner than you think

Monday, September 13, 2021

New iPads: 3 features business pros want; What if payday was every day? Subscription | Read Online | Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Top Story of the Day September 13, 2021 Top Story of the Day Gartner: AI

We want to publish your story on Start it up

Thursday, October 21, 2021

9 writing prompts to inspire you to put pen to paper and share with us the importance of writing in your life. View this email in your browser Logo We want to publish your story Submission Call: Why Do

Serverless SaaS, Vaazo, Online Screen & Webcam Recorder, Hexane Technologies, and Pluddy App

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Build a SaaS product faster with Next.js & Firebase BetaList BetaList Daily Serverless SaaS Build a SaaS product faster with Next.js & Firebase Vaazo Web scraping and automation tool Pluddy App

20 business ideas that can replace a $100k salary

Thursday, October 21, 2021

+ new remote job opportunities ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Today's startups in 10 words

Thursday, October 21, 2021 Discover new apps and startups in 10 words or less Carefully: Give Care. Get Care. Exchange childcare with people you trust Warpdrive: Instant, shareable desktop automations for teams

How to impress investors during your fundraise

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Read actionable tips from VC Gale Wilkinson on the documents you need to fundraise, advice on pre-product market fit, and the State of VC. View in browser Not subscribed? Sign up here. seed report

Why Successful People Take 10 Years to 'Succeed Overnight

Thursday, October 21, 2021

There's a reason this 10-years-to-overnight-success pattern shows up over and over. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ the slice

You're invited to our Ecommerce masterclass,

Thursday, October 21, 2021

If you are having trouble viewing this email, click here. Hey , Have you always wanted to start and grow an E-commerce brand from scratch? One of the best ways to do that is by learning from someone

🗞 What's New: A Google Search game changer

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Also: Searches for "rage room" are soaring. Get in on the rage craze! ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Raising $8M to build an AI-generated content SaaS

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Learn how to build a SaaS on a new market. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Microns: New Micro Startups For Sale 🚀 - Premium community

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Hola! How was your week? Today I am going to share my immediate plans about premium community for mic Ilya Novohatskyi Ilya Novohatskyi @ilyanovohatskyi Hola! How was your week? Today I am going to