Canadian startup news of the week (05/19/19)


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Top Stories of the Week

Power Financial now claims 89 percent stake in Wealthsimple following $30 million investment(BETAKIT)

Wealthsimple reported over $4.3 billion in assets under administration (AUA) as of March 31, a 26.4 percent quarter-over-quarter growth.

OneEleven to close Ottawa and London offices(BETAKIT)

Sources familiar with the matter confirmed with BetaKit that office doors will close July 31st as part of a refocus of the organization’s efforts in Toronto.

Ontario judge rules against Xtreme Labs co-founders, Chamath Palihapitiya in Tinder-focused lawsuit(BETAKIT)

“This is not a case of tough business tactics and clever negotiating strategy.”

Startup Milestones

  • Toronto Proptech Lane raises $2.5 million seed round (Read here)

  • PocketPills raises $2 million for its virtual pharmacy (Read here)

  • Koho’s $42 million Series B round led by Portag3 Ventures (Read here)

  • Cybersecurity startup Kobalt closes $1 million CAD founders round (Read here)

  • Breathe Life launches first product following latest seed round (Read here)

  • Google invests $500,000 in Canada’s largest STEM outreach (Read here)

  • Halifax’s SalesRight receives $250,000 in pre-seed funding (Read here)

  • Toronto-based FinTech Nest Wealth acquires Razor Logic Systems (Read here)

Must Reads

Five Canadian cities with highest volume of investment dollars and deals in 2018(BETAKIT)

PwC broke down the Canadian cities that saw the highest volume of dollars and deals in 2018: Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Quebec City, and Calgary.

Ask an Investor: How can I create optionality after I get an acquisition offer?(BETAKIT)

No matter what stage your business is in, optionality is something you can be proactively driving towards before an acquisition comes your way.

Why 2019 will reveal Canada’s new tech darling (CanCon ep. 139)

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