Canadian startup news of the week (03/25/18)


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Top Stories of the Week

Sidewalk Toronto is still figuring out how to govern and protect privacy(BETAKIT)

Sidewalk Labs’ head of urban development Rohit Aggarwala discussed the company’s commitment to protecting individual privacy at a public consultation.

TMX and Paycase launching cryptocurrency brokerage services(BETAKIT)

BMO Financial Group will provide the Shorcan Digital Currency Network with banking services as part of the payment and settlement infrastructure.

5 tips to help startups build an inclusive parental leave policy(BETAKIT)

In order to attract diverse candidates, companies need to put the right policies in place to get them excited about it.

Startup Milestones

  • Toronto-based Green Tank Technologies raises $4.3 million from Snoop Dogg (Read here)

  • CareWorx raises $17 million to help senior care centres track health records (Read here)

  • CryptoKitties raises $12 million from Andreessen Horowitz and Union Square Ventures (Read here)

  • With $1.3 million, Finhaven is building a blockchain-powered securities exchange (Read here)

  • Hootsuite, Shopify among Linkedin’s most sought-after companies in Canada (Read here)

  • Shopify announces Google Pay integration, improved mobile checkout (Read here)

Must Reads

Canadian startup funding in 2017: A city-by-city ecosystem review(BETAKIT)

BetaKit spoke with PwC’s tech team from cities across Canada, covering standout sectors and what each ecosystem needs to thrive.

Ask an Investor: What do VCs worry about?(BETAKIT)

This week’s question turns the table and focuses not on founders, but investors.

CanCon Podcast Ep. 108: The Canadian invasion of WeWork and SVB

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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.

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