Canadian startup news of the week (08/13/17)

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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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Announcing the 2017 Spotlight Awards winners

This year features 13 companies that have achieved the unicorn or centurion milestone.


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Yes, men and women are wired differently. This is why we must work for equality in STEM

“We need to stop looking at the issue of women in STEM as quota-filling.” Jennifer Flanagan’s response to a Globe and Mail op-ed.


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Report: Canada is top choice for US tech workers considering relocation due to Trump Administration

Germany and Australia were also at the top of the list.


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Here’s a framework for surveying diversity in your tech company

The framework lists best practices for building an internal survey, like conducting the survey anonymously and breaking down demographics by a variety of factors.


Startup Milestones

  • Auvik Networks raises $15 million Series B to help small businesses build IT networks (Read here)

  • Voices.com acquires talent management platform Voicebank.net (Read here)

  • TickSmith raises $2 million to commercialize financial data analytics platform (Read here)

  • FutureVault appoints former YEXT executive as CRO (Read here)

  • Vancouver-based cognitiveVR, Halifax-based Imposium selected to join Verizon Ventures’ Media Tech Venture Studio (Read here)


Must Reads

BetaKit

#BetaKit1on1: Marie Chevrier’s advice to young entrepreneurs: go for it

In this #BetaKit1on1 (powered by PwC Tech), Sampler CEO and founder Marie Chevrier tells young entrepreneurs to just go for it.


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Ask an Investor: What are the best alternatives to venture capital?

An informed decision on whether or not to seek venture capital must also involve weighing your alternatives.


CanCon Podcast Ep. 80: Canadian streaming complications + Google’s diversity problem

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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.