Canadian startup news of the week (09/17/17)

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Top Stories of the Week

Facebook is opening an AI lab in Montreal(BETAKIT)

Joelle Pineau, the co-director of McGill University’s Reasoning and Learning Lab, will lead the lab.

Toronto launches Civic Innovation Office, announces Paula Kwan as director(BETAKIT)

The announcement was made during Elevate Toronto.

Announcing the BetaKit Spotlight selectees(BETAKIT)

In choosing the BetaKit Spotlight selectees, we kept in mind one of Elevate Toronto’s core values: “diversity is our strength.”

Lyft reportedly expanding into Canada this year(BETAKIT)

This would mark the company’s first foray outside of the US since its launch in 2012.

Startup Milestones

  • Sam:) acquired by New York-based AI chatbot Hugging Face (Read here)

  • Vancouver-based Foodee raises $10 million to continue North American expansion (Read here)

  • Diagram raises additional $5M, adds PasswordBox founders to team after proving market fit (Read here)

  • raises $9 million Series A to bring AI to enterprise (Read here)

  • Shopify launches app allowing merchants to create QR codes (Read here)

Must Reads

The rise of Canadian AI requires a few critical components(BETAKIT)

Enterprises need to find strategic ways to collaborate with new AI companies.

Ask an Investor: What is the role of a VC?(BETAKIT)

Just like the role of a founder morphs, the role of a VC changes throughout the life of a startup.

CanCon Podcast Ep. 85: Tech nostalgia + Canada’s Amazon bidding war

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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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