Canadian startup news of the week (12/22/19)

Welcome to BetaKit’s startup stories of the week! Here, you will find the week’s most important news, features, and editorials published on BetaKit. If you prefer this update hit your inbox every week, make sure to subscribe to the BetaKit Newsletter using the form at the bottom of this page.

Top Stories of the Week


White Star Capital report finds Canadian VC deal size grew, deal volume decreased in 2019

The report found that Canadian venture capital invested in H1 2019 was equal to 60 percent of full-year 2018.


Car2Go to end North American service

“The decision to close North America was made based on two extremely complicated realities.”


How CDL-Rockies programming director Kari Gordon wants to boost Alberta tech

BetaKit spoke with Gordon about why she joined the accelerator, what she plans to do in the role, and her view on the region’s tech ecosystem.


Startup Milestones


Must Reads

Alyssa Atkins: #BetaKit1on1

Alyssa Atkins, founder & CEO of Lilia, shares the most common way a startup can die in this #BetaKit1on1.


Six social responsibility trends for tech companies in 2020

CSR, once reserved for established companies, is becoming more important at an earlier stage.


A cautionary tale of high valuations

Talent, delays, product-market fit – out of all these lurking threats, the one that founders have the most control over is company valuation.


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Caitlin Hotchkiss

Caitlin Hotchkiss

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