Sifted is the leading media brand for the European startup community.
Backed by the Financial Times, we focus on the human dimension of entrepreneurialism — how the tough reality of running a startup and building a culture impacts the people working in them. We also take an in-depth look at investment and technology trends, charting which VCs are making money, challenging valuations and unpacking the hottest sectors.
We’re always looking to work with new writers at Sifted. In particular, we’re looking for people who can help us build contacts and dig up the real story in geographies and sectors where we might not have a dedicated reporter, or on topics we might have overlooked.
We accept pitches for the following formats:
- Deeply reported features (around 1,500-2,000 words) on a particular topic or trend relevant to Europe’s startup ecosystem and the people who work in it — like the rise of digital nomads.
- Exclusive interviews and news (around 600-800 words) about European startups and VC firms — including company and VC fundraises (so long as they are exceptional in some way — ie. an extremely big raise, or the first VC by creators for creators in Europe).
A few things we don't cover:
- Big tech — ie. Apple, Facebook, Uber. Any company that is listed is probably no longer in our remit.
- Companies that aren't headquartered in Europe! (We do not cover Israeli startups.)
- "Old startups" — ie. those founded before 2010
- Mom-and-pop businesses / non-VC backable startups
Our readers are mostly founders, people who work in startups and investors, based in Europe but also in the US and Asia.
How to pitch:
Please provide one or two ideas (a paragraph on each idea), some clips, and a link to your Twitter or LinkedIn.
3x a week
We tell you what's happening across startup Europe — and why it matters.
Pitches can be directed to Amy and Eleanor.
We pay around €250 for short pieces and around €300-350 for longer pieces.