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Today's line up:
  • Why parental leave is hard for VCs
  • Doctors transitioning to digital health: hints and tips
  • The US investors most active in Europe
  • Tiger Global strikes again

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Raising babies and funds is hard

There are not very many VCs in Europe who can say they’ve raised a fund while pregnant — or taken a significant amount of leave.

What happens to board seats when VCs go on parental leave? Does dealflow dry up? And how do LPs react? 

There aren’t easy answers to these questions, as a growing generation of VCs are discovering. 

Amy Lewin finds out how they’re approaching pregnancy and portfolios.

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Doctorpreneurs: Here's how to deal with your critics

Should digital doctors who left the bedside to found a digital health company be classified as 'real doctors'? Absolutely, say Anne Latz, Susanne Kreimer and Sven Jungmann, three digital health innovators who have made the transition.

For those of you looking to do the same, you may have heard some common criticism from fellow doctors and laypeople. And some of it is true, but some of it is a lie.

Here's their advice on how to handle the transition well.

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Fintech special: Fireside chat with Sujata Bhatia, COO, Monzo

Join Sujata Bhatia and Isabel Woodford, Sifted's senior fintech reporter, on May 27 at 5pm for a members-only fireside chat. They'll discuss how the challenger banks are growing up, look into what they’re messing up and explore their future.

Plus, it's your chance to quiz Isabel on anything, from life as a fintech journalist to up-and-coming startups, from crazy valuations to hype bubbles.

Not yet a member? Sign up here and use the code EVENT10 to get £10 off your first month when subscribing to monthly membership. You’ll find the event registration link in your welcome email.

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In data: The US investors most active in Europe

US VCs like Insight Partners and Sequoia are showing an increasingly big appetite for European startups. 

So far in 2021, American investors have poured €10.1bn into Europe’s startups, easily surpassing the €9.3bn they invested in all of 2020.

So which US VCs are the most active in Europe? Which companies are they investing in? And which countries are they keen on?

Freya Pratty dives into the data.

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


Tiger Global strikes again

Paris-based Ankorstore, an online marketplace selling brands to independent shops, has just raised $100m in a Series B round led by Tiger Global and Bain Capital. According to Dealroom, that’s the second largest Series B round in France to date.

Despite the pressure retailers faced during the pandemic, the startup’s business tripled across the first four months of 2021.

Freya Pratty reports.

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The key to brand notoriety — native advertising

Native advertising — information-rich pieces of sponsored content — is all the rage. A 2019 study predicts the global market for native ads will be worth $400bn by 2025.

But it's also a highly competitive market, so it's crucial that brands nail their approach to get it right.

Find out how to ace native ads here.

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Sifted Talks

Here’s what fintechs need to know about Gen Z | Online | May 19
How can fintechs win the hearts of youngsters? Discover what an expert panel from Revolut, gohenry and Mitek think. Moderated by Isabel Woodford.

Venture debt: everything you need to know | Online | May 26
Which businesses should consider venture debt — and when? Find out from speakers from Silicon Valley Bank, GoCardless and Accel. Moderated by Amy Lewin.

How Lithuania became the EU’s fintech hub | Online | June 3
Our panel, from the Bank of Lithuania, Curve and Sumup, share what other countries can learn from Lithuania's fintech successes. Moderated by Kit Gillet.

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