Consumer/Media/Podcast/ The Sifted Podcast — the EU gets serious on startups Plus, why tech needs to be more LGBTQ+ inclusive, and layoffs strike as the crypto winter bites By The Sifted Podcast Team 4 July 2022 \Consumer TL;DR: What’s the deal with Twitter alternative Mastodon and is Elon Musk even bothered? By Kai Nicol-Schwarz 9 December 2022 Consumer/Media/Podcast/ The Sifted Podcast — the EU gets serious on startups Plus, why tech needs to be more LGBTQ+ inclusive, and layoffs strike as the crypto winter bites By The Sifted Podcast Team 4 July 2022 Listen to The Sifted Podcast on Apple, Spotify and all major platforms. On this week’s episode of The Sifted Podcast, we dig into the European Commission’s new plan to supercharge Europe’s tech and startup sector. Brussels veteran and Sifted’s new CEE correspondent Zosia Wanat joins the podcast to run us through the commission’s five-step plan to narrow the gap between Europe and the US and China, and find out how it’s been received in startupland. We discuss how it fits in with existing initiatives like the European Innovation Council, and what exactly entrepreneurs can expect to see in terms of concrete next steps. Then we welcome Christian Tooley, founder of i³ investing, to talk about how and why the VC ecosystem needs to become more inclusive towards LGBTQ+ people. Tooley describes how the overwhelmingly straight tech investment landscape can lead queer founders to conceal who they really are, creating negative mental health outcomes and suppressing many potentially brilliant startups. We also get the latest news from the crypto winter, as Austrian crypto trading startup Bitpanda lays off a third of its team. We hear about a UK-based startup, Screenloop, which raised $7m to scale its recruitment tech that promises to reduce the amount of money businesses waste on poor hires. And finally, the founders of Wise and Songkick are launching a new VC firm. Will traditional VCs, without such glittering founder experience, struggle to compete as more and more successful entrepreneurs enter the investment game? Find out on the Sifted Podcast. Listen here. Related Articles How to pitch your news story to Sifted By Eleanor Warnock Click here to read more The new (virtual) events industry By Amy Lewin Click here to read more When the world turns against tech By Nicolas Colin Click here to read more Top longer reads this week about European tech and startups By Michael Stothard Click here to read more Most Read 1 \Healthtech Is Daniel Ek’s new body scanner worth the hype? Sifted tried it out 2 \Venture Capital VC diversity needs to change — and white men need to take responsibility 3 \Venture Capital New €3.75bn European Investment Fund pot to back late-stage VCs 4 \Sustainability Counteract closes £15m fund for carbon removal solutions 5 \Mobility Was the $5bn that VCs plugged into escooters worth it?