Canadian startup news of the week (09/09/18)

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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Hubba adds former Amazon lead as CTO

Hubba CEO Ben Zifkin said Desh Singh will help in two ways: optimizing Hubba’s data, and building an engineering culture that can scale.


BetaKit

With $4.75 million in funding, thisopenspace team launches retail pop-up brand Uppercase

Uppercase helps online brands expand into physical retail.


BetaKit

Kira Systems receives $65 million CAD investment from New York’s Insight Venture Partners

Kira Systems’ platform uses machine learning to automate contract analysis for law firms.


pwc

Often overlooked, Québec City’s tech is “punching above its weight”

“The province of Québec has been, over the last few years, right in the middle of some tech developments in specific sectors.”

Startup Milestones

  • Fine jewelry ecommerce startup Mejuri raises $5 million to open physical stores (Read here)

  • Skritswap raises $657,000 CAD pre-seed round to eliminate jargon (Read here)

  • EnergyX Solutions raises $1.3 million for US expansion (Read here)

  • Second Closet raises $2.04 million, plans Vancouver expansion (Read here)

  • Flexiti closes $80 million mezzanine debt facility (Read here)

  • Mojio partners with MetroPCS to power its connected car solution (Read here)


Must Reads

pwc

Calgary converting economic downturn into tech opportunity

For the first time ever, Calgary was a top five Canadian tech market by deal volume in Q2 2018.


BetaKit

Ask an Investor: How should I handle VC rejection?

Your reaction to a VC pass can build or erode your reputation.


Tech productivity tips that actually work (CanCon ep. 128)

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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.