Canadian startup news of the week (02/11/18)

Welcome to BetaKit’s startup stories of the week! Here, you will find the week’s most important news, features, and editorials published on BetaKit. If you prefer this update hit your inbox every week, make sure to subscribe to the BetaKit Newsletter using the form at the bottom of this page.

Top Stories of the Week

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Canadian tech leaders sign #weneedboth pledge asking women to advocate for men on diversity panels

#weneedboth is asking women to pledge to advocate for men on diversity panels. There’s some backlash.


BetaKit

TribalScale launches $100 million Venture Studios program to co-create AI and blockchain startups

The company is donating five percent of profits to Move The Dial and the Upside Foundation.


BetaKit

Report ranks Canada third in top 10 startup ecosystems worldwide

The report ranks 954 cities and 125 countries around the world.


Startup Milestones

  • Halifax-based Appili Therapeutics raises $4.3 million to develop solutions for antibiotic resistance (Read here)

  • Coinsquare announces $30 million in funding, new executive hires (Read here)

  • iComplyICO raises angel investment from Uber founding team member (Read here)

  • Hardbacon launches iOS app (Read here)

  • Jiffy on Demand launches in the US (Read here)


Must Reads

healthtech

PwC MoneyTree report: Canadian tech raised $3.3 billion in 2017 as AI and FinTech stayed hot

Canadian companies raised $3.3 billion CAD across 333 deals in 2017.


BetaKit

Ask an Investor: How do I prepare for my first board meeting?

Most companies call board meetings every three months. They typically last two to three hours.


CanCon Podcast Ep. 103: Shaw sours, Zuckerberg’s guilt cleanse + diversity (for white women)

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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.