Canadian startup news of the week (1/31/21)

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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


Wealthsimple Trade's popularity soars amid Reddit-fuelled trading frenzy

Wealthsimple confirmed to BetaKit the app has recently seen a 50 percent increase in sign-ups and doubled its trading volume after reaching #1 in the Apple App Store.


11 Canadian tech companies to watch in 2021

Grow founder Kevin Sandhu shares his annual list of Canadian tech companies that will make significant strides in 2021.


Seven Prairie startups to watch in 2021

Here are seven Prairie startups to watch for in 2021, bringing a spotlight to a region most of the startup world only sees on their flights across Canada.


Why 2021 will be an exciting year for FinTech

Luge Capital General Partner Karim Gillani shares his FinTech predictions for 2021.


Latest Funding, Acquisitions, and Layoffs


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SHOPIFY’S DEPLATFORMING POLICY

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Caitlin Hotchkiss

Caitlin Hotchkiss

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