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Top Stories of the Week
Prior to the Series B round, Xanadu’s total investment to date was $41 million following a round led by OMERS Ventures in 2019.
The financing represents the largest ICT VC round in Canadian Prairie history. Another Saskatoon-based software company that raised funding this week is 7shifts, securing $21.5 million.
Sixteen BC tech CEOs recently submitted a letter to the BC government calling for the extension of the program and noting its importance to the sector and their companies.
“This rise of growth is contributing to the current IPO rage which is expected to continue throughout 2021.”
Despite the lack of physical space, the virtual version of the LaunchPad program continues to provide mentorship and programming to startups.
Communitech, OMERS, Wealthsimple leaders agree Canada’s tech moment created a “competition for awesome”
The conversation was an extension of a recent Letter from the Editor by BetaKit Editor-in-Chief Douglas Soltys.
The IPO proceeds will also allow Q4 to pursue its growth strategies and make new acquisitions. VerticalScope, a Toronto-based digital platform for online enthusiasts, has also filed.
Latest Funding, Acquisitions, and Layoffs
TOR – eSSENTIAL Accessibility – $67M (read more)
VAN – BBTV aims to raise $65M (read more)
OTT – Canada invests $44.3M in 11 Canadian cleantech firms (read more)
TOR – Ledn – $36.1M (read more)
TOR – PartnerStack – $35M (read more)
LAN – CubicFarms set to raise $22M (read more)
KIT – Quantum Benchmark acquired by Keysight Technologies (read more)
VAN – TechX Technologies to acquire Mobilum OÜ (read more)
DEL – Hydra Energy – $15M (read more)
TOR – Vetster – $12.25M (read more)
MON – Novisto – $9.6M (read more)
ONT – Ontario invests $5.25M in Business Development Skills Program (read more)
HAM – SportSavvy customers to migrate to TeamSnap in new deal (read more)
HAM – Ackroo to acquire InterActive DMS (read more)
VAN – Metaspectral – $300K (read more)
HAL – Five Atlantic Canadian tech startups secure $25K (read more)
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Will Shaw, partner and leader of the Toronto Emerging Technology practice group at Fasken, explains the process of going public for Canadian tech companies.
SVB’s State of the Markets report shows that average deal sizes at the early and late-stage have jumped 137 percent and 63 percent in 2021, respectively.
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