Canadian startup news of the week (10/12/20)

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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


All signs point to Montréal as home of Sonder's second headquarters

A source familiar with Sonder’s operations told BetaKit the company has effectively chosen Montréal for its second headquarters.


Two Hootsuite employees claim to have been fired following ICE contract revelations

“I assume it’s fair to say (and also probably obvious) that it was not my decision to leave.”


Frank and Oak to continue operations with backing from Unified Commerce Group

UCG is a newly established company focused on acquiring and scaling global retail brands.


Supercluster funding $74 million behind schedule, according to new PBO report

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


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LILIA CEO ALYSSA ATKINS ON HOW COVID-19 CHANGED HER Y COMBINATOR DEMO DAY

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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