Canadian startup news of the week (10/27/19)

Alberta

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Top Stories of the Week


Alberta’s tech sector affected by cuts in much anticipated 2019 provincial budget

Alberta’s United Conservative Party, under Premier Jason Kenney, has tabled its first budget since the party took leadership in April.


Edmonton-based startup Mover acquired by Microsoft

Mover, an Edmonton-based startup that offers data migration services, was acquired by Microsoft. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Luge Capital closes additional $10 million from strategics for FinTech-focused fund

The Montreal-based fund focuses specifically on early-stage FinTech and AI investments that apply to the financial services space.


Google to continue collaboration with Kitchener-Waterloo’s Quantum Benchmark

“We are now at the dawn of a new era of quantum computing that can offer transformational capabilities.”


Startup Milestones

  • VitalHub acquires Oculys Health Informatics (Read here)

  • Berkeley Payment Solutions acquires Pungle (Read here)

  • AMF-Finance Montréal Research Chair receives $2M (Read here)

  • Benevity raises $40M Series C (Read here)

  • WealthBar Financial Services acquires Snap Projections (Read here)

  • Lightspeed acquires Kounta Holdings (Read here)


Must Reads

Hootsuite’s Ryan Holmes shares 13 guerrilla networking hacks ‘that actually work’

“Real networking between two people unfolds over years, or entire careers, and is deeply reciprocal.”


How I chose an accelerator for my startup

“[Accelerators] aren’t a silver bullet … they are a helping hand that can help you level up.”


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