Hi Sifted Reader,
Tomorrow, the Sifted team heads to Vienna for our latest Sifted Sessions event, where we're diving into all things corporate-startup relationships. And if you've missed it, don't worry — we have an array of events across Europe's top startup hubs in 2022, so keep your eyes peeled.
And coming out of our newsroom today, do Europe's startups have a management problem? Plus…
- The great fintech consolidation
- How to keep your best staff
The UK gets a new electric battery research facility
— Sophie, editorial assistant & Tom, digital editor
Startup managers: the good, the bad and the ugly
“We were lied to, we were ignored in meetings, our work was not valued and we were disrespected in front of other colleagues,” one Sifted reader tells us, about their experience working under a previous startup manager.
And they're not alone. In our recent community survey on startup bosses, 83% of Sifted readers said that either a minority or none of their bosses were equipped to lead.
So do Europe's startups have a management problem?
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Have we finally reached the great fintech consolidation?
With investors becoming more cautious as interest rates rise and inflation surges across Europe, global fintech saw its biggest drop in funding in three years during Q1 of 2022.
But for companies flush with capital, this presents an opportunity to buy smaller startups struggling for cash.
So which fintech subsectors are most ripe for consolidation?
The key to deeptech employee retention? Don't be afraid to think like the big guys
Recruiting top deeptech talent is becoming increasingly competitive — the average salary for a data scientist is £86k.
But retaining your best staff comes down to more than compensation — it's about thinking like the big guys and accelerating later-stage processes, thinks Anna Roe, chief people officer at Mind Foundry.
So how do you do it?
🛡️ Hoxhunt raises $40m Series B. The Finnish cybersecurity startup, which has created a platform with millions of phishing simulations to train employees to detect threats, has raised $40m in a funding round led by New York-based Level Equity Management. And it's becoming increasingly important — cyberattacks in Europe grew 68% last year, the largest regional increase globally.
⚕️ Care home staffing startup Florence raises £28.5m. 90k care workers use Florence's app, which connects them to temporary roles at care homes, while 2,000 organisations use the British startup's rota management software and online training tools. With Europe's ageing population, it's something of a surprise there aren't more big startups in the care home sector — but Florence is unlikely to be the last.
🔋 Britishvolt plans to build £200m research facility. The UK-based electric battery scaleup has announced plans to build a new site in the West Midlands alongside its planned gigafactory in the northeast of England. The new site will be used to develop new battery types and test existing ones before they’re manufactured and shipped en masse to customers.
With markets down, a spot in Europe’s unicorn club is now even more coveted. Join us on June 22 as we dive into the scaling and preparation needed to hit that $1bn value mark.
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