Canadian startup news of the week (6/20/21)


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Top Stories of the Week

One year after joining RBC, Sid Paquette reveals his plans to disrupt innovation banking with RBCx(BETAKIT)

RBCx claims it differs from competitors through its operational focus, providing the hands-on support often seen at venture firms, in addition to a suite of products and services outside of financing options.

ApplyBoard raises $375 million CAD Series D at $4 billion valuation(BETAKIT)

The Kitchener-Waterloo-based startup claims the new financing gives it a post-money valuation of $4 billion CAD ($3.2 billion USD), double that of the company’s $100 million Series C round in May 2020.

VerticalScope upsizes IPO to $125 million, begins trading on TSX(BETAKIT)

Initially, VerticalScope sought to raise only $100 million through the IPO, but the firm boosted the size of its offering to $125 million.

Amplitude Ventures’ precision health fund exceeds $200 million target following final close(BETAKIT)

Amplitude is a spin-out of BDC, which notably provided the largest capital commitment to Amplitude’s fund in 2019.

Introhive raises $121.3 million CAD after nearly doubling revenue during pandemic(BETAKIT)

This sizable raise comes after a year of growth for Introhive, which claims the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the market need for its offering.

Employee wellness software firm LifeSpeak files for TSX IPO(BETAKIT)

In September, LifeSpeak raised a $42 million equity investment in its first institutional round of financing, led by Round13 Capital.

Latest Funding, Acquisitions, and Layoffs

  • OTT – Shopify acquires $350M stake in Stripe (read more)

  • OAK – Moonshot Brands – $160M (read more)

  • SF – Nylas – $120M (read more)

  • MON – StreamingFast (formerly Dfuse) – $73.5M (read more)

  • WAT – SkyWatch Space Applications – $21M (read more

  • TOR – Browze – $15.2M (read more)

  • TOR – PlanetCorp acquires (read more)

  • VAN – Kovo HealthTech to acquire MIdwest Medical Billing (read more)

  • TOR – Modern Campus acquires DIGARC (read more)

  • TOR – DeFi Technologies acquires stake in SDK:meta (read more)

  • VAN – Bubblebox acquired by VntCap Technologies (read more)

  • QUE – OSF Digital to acquire Werise (read more)


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Launch Ventures CEO Ray Walia and VRARA Vancouver President Dan Burgar join to discuss Vancouver tech: with excitement, optimism, and foreboding.


Heirlume co-founder and CEO Julie MacDonell explains the Byzantine process of trademark registration and the potential risks for startups.

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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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