Canadian startup news of the week (10/22/17)

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Top Stories of the Week

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Calgary will fight a bear, Toronto offers monetary savings in Amazon HQ2 showdown

Toronto Global said that Amazon could save $1.5 billion a year on talent relative to operating costs in the US.


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Finance Minister says gov’t will work with angel and VC community to build Tax Fairness Plan

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that this change means that only 97 percent of Canadian companies would be affected.


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Alphabet investing $62 million in Sidewalk Labs Toronto site

Google’s parent company wants to test smart city technology in Toronto.


  • Adhawk Microsystems raises $5 million Series A from Intel (Read here)

  • Covera raises $1.5 million to help customers overcome boring insurance shopping (Read here)

  • Security workforce manager TrackTik raises $7 million (Read here)

  • Lightspeed raises $207 million Series D as company preps for IPO (Read here)

  • Dream Payments launches POS app as part of US expansion (Read here)


Must Reads

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

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


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Ask an Investor: Why am I being asked to find a strategic investor?

Your investor might be telling you that they do not want to lead the investment.


CanCon Podcast Ep. 90: Begging for Amazon, building with Alphabet

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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer at BetaKit. As a fourth-year journalism student who has written primarily about entrepreneurship, Amira has developed a growing interest in Canadian startup, business, and tech news. In her free time, Amira enjoys reading, baking and watching legal shows.