Canadian startup news of the week (5/10/20)

Quayside proposal

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Top Stories of the Week

Sidewalk Labs announces it will "no longer pursue" Quayside project(BETAKIT)

The company noted the decision was due to the current “unprecedented economic uncertainty.”

OneEleven asks startups for abated rent, then retracts, claiming "misunderstanding"(BETAKIT)

The disparity in terms between exiting and remaining startups has created tension among OneEleven’s member community, according to those BetaKit spoke with.

ApplyBoard raises $100 million CAD, claims $2 billion 'unicorn' valuation(BETAKIT)

If accurate, ApplyBoard’s new valuation makes it the latest Canadian tech company to reach Unicorn status: a private company with a market value over $1 billion USD.

Backed by Shopify co-founder Scott Lake, RiSC Capital launches new early-stage fund focused on deep tech(BETAKIT)

“[Often in Canada] we play catch up to the Americans and I think the time is now for deep tech investing to happen in Canada.”

Shopify begins expansion of fulfillment network to Canadian merchants amid COVID-19(BETAKIT)

COVID-19 “validates” Shopify’s decision to expand into this market, Finkelstein said on the call, even as some of the incumbent delivery networks are straining.

Latest Funding, Acquisitions, and Layoffs


[Live webcast] Growing a SaaS Company in a Shifting Landscape(SAGE)

The decisions a Finance Leader at a SaaS company must make haven’t changed, but how they decide and with what resources has become more complex. Tracking cash, churn, and DSO is critical to understanding your runway today. Then, forecasting how to bounce back and where to invest is the next of many growth opportunities to consider.

Join Bruce Croxon, partner at Round13 Capital and co-host of BNN’s, The Disruptors, and Matt Hodgson, CFO at Vidyard, as they address the challenges and opportunities of a shifting landscape in the SaaS industry.


Jeremy Hedges, CEO of The Canadian Shield, explains the process of pivoting one business while launching another one in the middle of a pandemic.


Luke Vigeant (Inkblot Therapy) and Brett Belchetz (Maple) share how their telehealth startups changed before and after COVID-19.

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