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

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Top Stories of the Week

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Hubba reportedly lays off half its staff following March pivot

Hubba’s CEO Ben Zifkin called the layoffs a “bold and unconventional move” as part of a “much larger growth strategy.”


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Toronto Mayor John Tory “taking nothing for granted” when it comes to Collision in 2019

At Web Summit in Lisbon, Toronto Mayor John Tory has a singular focus: sell the city to the world in time for Collision 2019.


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Government reveals seven recipients of $50 million in VCCI funding

The Canadian government has revealed the seven recipients of $50 million total from the Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative.


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Ahead of Collision 2019, federal, provincial, and municipal governments team up to sell Canada at Web Summit

A day before Web Summit began in Lisbon, Canadian startups, government officials, and foreign investors convened for the Canada Day Summit.


Startup Milestones

  • New Brunswick-based Smart Skin Technologies raises $3.1 million (Read here)

  • Dialogue acquires AI tool that automates medical evaluation (Read here)

  • Lending Loop launches business credit monitoring platform with Equifax (Read here)

  • Transit raises $17.5 million Series B to enable multimodal transportation (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.