Canadian startup news of the week (10/01/17)


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Top Stories of the Week

Vector Institute names Garth Gibson as CEO(BETAKIT)

Garth Gibson was Carnegie Mellon University’s co-director of its Master of Computational Data Science program.

Canadian gov’t says Facebook, DMZ set to partner on digital news incubator(BETAKIT)

Participants will reportedly receive startup funding and mentorship.

Yung Wu is MaRS’ new CEO(BETAKIT)

Wu will begin his new role at MaRS on November 1st.

Startup Milestones

  • Koho raises $8 million from Portag3 as Paul Desmarais III and Mike Katchen join board (Read here)

  • Transit raises $5 million with mission to make car ownership obsolete (Read here)

  • Ritual raises $53 million Series B (Read here)

  • Zoom.AI acquires SimplyInsight to double down on natural language processing (Read here)

  • Analytics 4 Life raises $25 million Series B for AI-powered cardiac imaging tech (Read here)

  • Picniic raises $2 million from Norway-based Telenor (Read here)


Must Reads

Canada’s strong AI talent could attract more corporate VC funding(BETAKIT)

PwC’s Michael Dingle explains what a rise in corporate venture funding means for the Canadian startup ecosystem.

Ask an Investor: When should I hire a VP of finance?(BETAKIT)

Raising a seed round is almost entirely predicated on the team and the end vision.

CanCon Podcast Ep. 86: Bigger tweets, Netflix dollars + Canadian tech in China

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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer and content creator at BetaKit with a strong interest in Canadian startup, business, and legal tech news. In her free time, Amira indulges in baking desserts, working out, and watching legal shows.

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