Canadian startup news of the week (4/19/20)

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Top Stories of the Week


BDC exploring matching investments for angel-backed startups amid COVID-19

A BDC spokesperson told BetaKit that BDC Capital “will match investments from a syndicate which would include qualified venture fund firms along with angels investors.”


Federal government's 75 percent wage subsidy passed by Senate

The subsidy will cover 75 percent on the first $58,700 in wages, which would mean payments of up to $847 a week per employee for up to 12 weeks.


Minister Bains says retaining top tier tech talent critical to Canada's economic recovery

In an interview with BetaKit, Bains highlighted that the idea behind adding capital to the existing federal program is to keep that talent in Canada.


Federal government commits $962 million to Regional Development Agencies, Community Futures Network

Joly said on Friday that conversations she had with various organizations across Canada over the past couple weeks led to the decision to increase funding for the regional agencies.


MaRS' Yung Wu: "we have days, not weeks and months" to preserve innovation sector

While commending the federal government for its quick response and implementation of emergency measures, Wu argued now is “not the time to be polite.”


Latest Funding, Acquisitions, and Layoffs

  • National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association receives $306M from federal government (Read here)

  • Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) receives $250M from federal government (Read here)

  • Q4 Inc. receives $25M credit facility from CIBC Innovation Banking (Read here)

  • Blue J Legal receives $2M in growth capital financing from CIBC Innovation Banking (Read here)

  • Atomic Loans raises $3.4M (Read here)

  • Inkblot Therapy raises additional $700,000 (Read here)

  • TouchBistro furloughs 131 employees (Read here)


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BLACK SWAN #3 – IS THIS PANDEMIC TAX DEDUCTIBLE?

“You can cross your fingers and hope that the government will help. But if they don’t, then what? I think you have to be prepared for ‘if they don’t, then what’?”


BLACK SWAN #4 – MICHAEL HYATT SAYS WE’RE ALL WARTIME ENTREPRENEURS NOW

As the tech investor and entrepreneur told BetaKit, “hope is not a strategy.”


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Caitlin Hotchkiss

Caitlin Hotchkiss

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