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Top Stories of the Week
The Kik app has officially been acquired by US-based holding company MediaLab. Kik’s staff has also been acquired (separately).
The app is now available in Hong Kong, Berlin, Hamburg, and Amsterdam.
Brea Lake spoke with BetaKit about her vision for the region and what she plans to bring to the role.
“The lack of diversity in tech, painfully clear to marginalized groups, is now acknowledged as fact.”
CDPQ commits $50 million in additional capital to Quebec seed funds (Read here)
Chata Technologies raises $4.5M (Read here)
Flare Systems raises $1M (Read here)
NERv Technology closes $1M pre-seed round (Read here)
Converge Technology Solutions acquires Essextec (Read here)
Beatdapp raises $3.2M (Read here)
PwC broke down the Canadian cities that saw the highest volume of dollars and deals in 2018: Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Quebec City, and Calgary.
No matter what stage your business is in, optionality is something you can be proactively driving towards before an acquisition comes your way.
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