Canadian startup news of the week (11/04/18)

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Top Stories of the Week

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Portag3 raises $198 million for second fund

Power Financial, IGM Financial, and Great-West Lifeco. are returning as anchor investors in this fund.


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Good AI Capital opens Montreal office to support its $40 million USD fund

The new office will be focused on investing in early-stage AI companies.


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OpenText acquiring Georgia-based Liaison for $310 million

OpenText said the acquisition would help it target sectors like life sciences and healthcare.


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InteraXon launches Muse 2 for a more holistic meditation experience

With the Muse 2, InteraXon believes it can deliver on the promise of its original brain-sensing headband for a wider range of people.


Startup Milestones

  • Canadian-founded Circle Medical raises $3.5 million (Read here)

  • CryptoKitties creator Dapper Labs raises $19 million CAD (Read here)

  • Home maintenance startup Setter raises $10 million (Read here)

  • General Fusion raises $49.3 million to develop clean alternative for power generation (Read here)

  • theScore raising $8.5 million through private placement (Read here)

  • Digital health platform Think Research raises $25 million (Read here)

  • Validere raises $7 million to help oil and gas companies track product quality (Read here)


Must Reads

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Report: Canadian VC activity falls for second straight quarter in Q3 2018

Looking back over eight quarters, Q3 2018 is the only quarter where VC activity in Canada didn’t increase year-over-year.


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Ask an Investor: How do I conduct an exit interview?

As CEO, you should conduct exit interviews with every employee who’s leaving your firm.


Can Canada compete globally in food tech? | CanCon ep. 133

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Amira Zubairi

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.