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Top Stories of the Week
Atlantic Women's Venture Fund launches inaugural fund, Danielle Graham joins as investment principal(BETAKIT)
The fund will target early-stage women tech entrepreneurs across Canada “as a proactive and profitable business decision.”
MaRS shares tribute following the passing of IAF managing director Barry Gekiere(BETAKIT)
Gekiere passed suddenly on Friday, May 22, due to complications from ongoing cancer treatment.
Benevity founder Bryan de Lottinville to become executive chairman as Andrew Huddart takes over CEO role(BETAKIT)
The announcement was made internally to Benevity employees Wednesday, with the Calgary-based company confirming the transition to BetaKit.
Latest Funding, Acquisitions, and Layoffs
BehrTech receives $3M grant (Read here)
ShopHERE receives $1M investment from Google Canada (Read here)
Phelix.ai raises $1M seed round (Read here)
AbCellera secures $144M Series B (Read here)
Top Hat to acquire Nelson Education (Read here)
Cinchy closes $10M Series A (Read here)
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[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.
BLACK SWAN #9 – CALGARY AND TORONTO LOOK TO STOP THE BLEEDING(BETAKIT)
The impact of COVID-19 on Canadian tech and innovation won’t be subsiding any time soon.
BLACK SWAN #8 – BUILDING THE CANADIAN SHIELD(BETAKIT)
Jeremy Hedges, CEO of The Canadian Shield, explains the process of pivoting one business while launching another one in the middle of a pandemic.
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