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

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Top Stories of the Week

With $5.8 million owed to creditors, TribalScale files for insolvency in bid to restructure company(BETAKIT)

Toronto-based software company TribalScale is in debt to the point of insolvency, according to public documents obtained by BetaKit.

Google to launch Canada, US accelerator focused on women founders(BETAKIT)

The program, called The Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders, is set to launch over the next few months and is open to women-led technology startups.

US private equity firm Crest Rock Partners takes majority ownership of Vancouver-based Unbounce(BETAKIT)

Despite the change of control, Unbounce said Crest Rock is not coming in to take an operational role.

EDC prepared to commit $250 million to investment matching program(BETAKIT)

“What we’re hearing now from companies is that they’ve been cautious. Now, they’re starting to look at where growth may come from.”

Federal government launching national contact tracing app in collaboration with Shopify, BlackBerry(BETAKIT)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the app on Thursday, noting that it will first be available in Ontario, before becoming available nationwide in the coming weeks.

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Bruce Croxon and Vidyard CFO Matt Hodgson share tips for building resilient SaaS startups(BETAKIT)

Sage Intacct hosted a webinar with Bruce Croxon and Matt Hodgson to explain what SaaS founders can do to build resilience into their organizational models.


Idil spoke to us about the racism she has faced in her short time in the Valley, and how it differed from the racism she faced in Canada.


We know what we’re gaining by staying home (safely). What are we losing?

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