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  • How to pitch in a patriarchy
  • Creator economy startups to watch
  • How green is on-demand grocery?
  • First-time tips for getting into VC

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How to pitch in a patriarchy

Pitching in a patriarchy is something Aisling Byrne, the founder of clothes swap app Nuw, says she think about on an almost daily basis.

The odds are stacked against female founders. In 2020, just 2.3% of venture capital went to startups led by women.

Here are 7 things Byrne says can help.

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Creator economy startups to watch, according to top investors

The global creator economy – an industry formed of influencers, independent creators and social media personalities who monetise their digital audience – is estimated to be worth over $100bn.

Following a pandemic-induced rise in creators and influencers, the sector is experiencing a boom – and investors are taking note.

We asked them which companies are making waves. 

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How green is on-demand grocery?

Fresh groceries on your doorstep in 10-20 minutes, with just a few clicks on your phone — what’s not to love?

Well quite a lot, some people say, if you care about the environment. 

Here are the industry's eco-credentials.

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40% of UK employers admit to paying remote tech workers less

Lots of us have got used to our new working from home routines, and it's saving employers money too. But new data suggests that people who choose to work remotely could be losing out on pay. 

We analysed the pay gap.

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First-time VC tips for how to break into the industry

Breaking into venture capital is hard. It’s a small, closed industry and many jobs aren’t even advertised. 

But it is possible. We spoke to three young VCs who’ve just secured their first jobs in the industry.

Here's how they did it. 

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How to get the rest of your company to buy into open innovation

Whether it’s an energy company looking to reduce its carbon emissions, a manufacturing giant looking to optimise its operations or a bank seeking to expand its service offering, open innovation is a proven way to achieve ambitious goals, fast. 

But what do you do when you hit the ‘no’ wall?

News that Matters

🇩🇪 1nce, a German startup working on IoT network services, has raised $50m, with funding from Deutsche Telekom and SoftBank.

🤑 Looking to fund a foodtech company? VC firm Five Seasons has closed a new €180m fund for Series A and B investments. It's got a focus on consumer-focused food with an environmental impact. 

🍏 Katoo, a foodtech startup that wants to revolutionise the food supply industry, has raised €6m in new funding, led by Spanish investor K Fund. 

🏫 Euan Blair, founder of edtech company Multiverse (and son of former PM Tony Blair), is now worth £160m after the company raised $130m in new funding

💰 Stockholm-based insurtech Hedvig has raised €39m in a Series B round led by Anthemis. The company says the new funds will further European expansion. 

🧬 Lifebit, which works on genomic sequencing to create biomedical data for drug discovery, has raised $60m in a round led by Tiger Global. 

💸 TransferGo, a money transfer company, has raised a $50m Series C round led by Elbrus Capital and Black River Ventures. 

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