Canadian startup news of the week (3/28/21)

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Enabling Bottom-Up Entrepreneurship in Canada(BETAKIT)

How can Canadian tech support & enable more entrepreneurs in Canada? What are the tools & mechanisms required? Join Harley Finkelstein (Shopify), Douglas Soltys (BetaKit), and Andrew D’Souza and Michele Romanow (Clearbanc) for a Clubhouse Chat on how to build a network of bottom-up over top-down support!

Despite pandemic, Canadian VC investment remained high in 2020(BETAKIT)

By total VC dollars invested, 2020 beat the previous five-year average of $3.8 billion. However, that total was spread out across a smaller number of deals.

2021 Narwhal List tracks Canada's notable exits, raises, valuations during pandemic year(BETAKIT)

A total of 51 companies are now on track to become Unicorns, more than a 20 percent increase from the 2020 list.

Thinkific files for TSX IPO as Vendasta prices offering at $100 million(BETAKIT)

This news comes as the startup said it has experienced significant growth over the past few years, including during COVID-19.

Gig economy FinTech startup Payfare closes public offering at $65 million(BETAKIT)

Payfare, which offers FinTech software for gig economy workers and employers, filed for its IPO in February.

My journey to parenthood as a founder and CEO(BETAKIT)

Sampler founder & CEO Marie Chevrier shares her journey of becoming a parent and deciding to take parental leave while running a growing Canadian tech startup.

Latest Funding, Acquisitions, and Layoffs


BetaKit Live: Leading Through Change

Entrepreneurs, business leaders, and members of the Canadian tech community join for a panel conversation on leading through change Tuesday, March 30.



This week, we answer listener questions about remote work and reflect on what’s been learned from a COVID-focused podcast.


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Josh Scott

Josh Scott

Josh Scott is a BetaKit reporter focused on telling in-depth Canadian tech stories and breaking news. His coverage is more complete than his moustache.

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