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Top Stories of the Week
A source familiar with Sonder’s operations told BetaKit the company has effectively chosen Montréal for its second headquarters.
“I assume it’s fair to say (and also probably obvious) that it was not my decision to leave.”
UCG is a newly established company focused on acquiring and scaling global retail brands.
As of data from March 6, the Canadian government’s five Superclusters had doled out just $30 million instead of the $104 million they had been projected to spend by that time.
Report: While proportion of women on boards increasing slowly, visible minorities still vastly underrepresented
Only 4.4 percent of Canadian companies disclosed having a woman as CEO.
Latest Funding, Acquisitions, and Layoffs
Dialogue acquires Optima Global Health (Read here)
Phenomic AI raises $7.97M (Read here)
Course Studio raises $1M seed round (Read here)
Olive raises $1M (Read here)
Prospre wins $10,000 from Propel’s Startup Summer Showdown (Read here)
goPeer wins $25,000 in York’s LaunchYU Accelerator program (Read here)
WeUsThem wins $100,000 at Health Challenge Pitch Event (Read here)
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As YC and other North American accelerator programs, from Google and Techstars, go fully remote, Lilia might be one of the last Canadian companies to experience an accelerator in person.
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