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Applications open for Techstars Montréal AI Accelerator (BETAKIT)

Applications for Techstars’ Montréal AI Accelerator are now open, and close May 12. The program is open to artificial intelligence startups around the world.


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Winnipeg agriculture tech play Farmers Edge jumps 17.5 per cent in TSX debut after $125-million IPO (THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

That gives the company a stock market capitalization of $813-million.


Following partnership with Loblaw, Gatik receives nearly $1 million from Ontario government (BETAKIT)

Gatik has received $997,000 from the Government of Ontario to accelerate the research and development of its autonomous vehicle technology.


The robots are coming for Phil in accounting (NEW YORK TIMES)

Workers with college degrees and specialized training once felt relatively safe from automation. They aren’t.


Amid rise in remote work, Dooly announces $25.5 million CAD to scale sales enablement platform (BETAKIT)

“We don’t just want to become a big Canadian company, we just want to become a big company, and become a beacon for the space that we play in.”


Why a YouTube chat about chess got flagged for hate speech (WIRED)

AI programs that analyze language have difficulty gauging context. Words such as “black,” “white,” and “attack” can have different meanings.


Snapcommerce secures $107 million to build a mobile commerce leader (BETAKIT)

Snapcommerce has secured $107 million CAD in growth funding, signalling confidence from investors in the company’s mission to expand beyond the travel space.


Money is pouring in to AI-assisted drug discovery, while fewer AI startups are getting VC backing (FORTUNE)

Investments to bring the power of machine learning to drug discovery have soared in the past year, according to a benchmark report that tracks trends in the development of artificial intelligence.


Deloitte to launch AI Institute initiative in Canada (BETAKIT)

Deloitte is set to launch a new artificial intelligence (AI)-focused virtual initiative in Canada, aimed to foster research and AI adoption across industries.


Robotics division of Uber’s Postmates spins out into new company (REUTERS)

The robotics unit of Postmates, a delivery startup that ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies acquired last year, has spun off into a new company called Serve Robotics, the company said.


An incomplete list of Canadian tech events, programs, and organizations supporting women’s initiatives (BETAKIT)

For International Women’s Day, a collection of the numerous Canadian tech events, programs, and organizations seeking to support women’s initiatives – plus a look at how International Women’s Day events have made the pivot to online this year.


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