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BetaKit

Daisy Intelligence wins $5 million pitch prize at Elevate

The ElevateR competition allowed 16 startups to pitch in front of judges.


techcrunch

SenseHawk, drone analytics for the solar industry, takes flight with $2M investment

SenseHawk specializes in using data captured by drones to develop insight for projects within the solar industry.


bk

Toronto-based Cluep acquired by Impact Group for $53 million CAD

Founded in 2012, Cluep is a mobile ad platform that targets people based on what they are sharing, how they are feeling, and where they have been.


venturebeat

Idx raises $33 million for AI diagnostic systems that detect eye disease and other conditions

The funding was led by 8VC, with participation from Optum Ventures, Alpha Edison, and Heritage Provider Network.


cnbc

Cybersecurity startup Darktrace raises $50 million and is now worth $1.65 billion

Darktrace, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine-learning technology to detect and counter cyber threats, raised the funding from European private equity firm Vitruvian Partners and includes backing from existing investors KKR and TenEleven Ventures.


techcrunch

The Markup, a tech-focused investigative news site, raises $20 million from Craigslist founder

The project was incubated with an investment from the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative.


venturebeat

Microsoft launches $40 million AI for Humanitarian Action initiative

The initiative will focus on four specific areas: refugees and displaced people, the needs of children, disaster response, and human rights.


globe

Startup CEOs on how to keep the artificial intelligence ball rolling in Canada

The next time you pull out your smartphone and ask Siri or Google for advice, or chat with a bot online, take pride in knowing that some of the theoretical foundation for that technology was brought to life here in Canada.


theverge

Google is using AI to predict floods in India and warn users

The service is part of the global Google Public Alerts program.


 

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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer and content creator at BetaKit with a strong interest in Canadian startup, business, and legal tech news. In her free time, Amira indulges in baking desserts, working out, and watching legal shows.