Canadian startup news of the week (7/11/21)

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Top Stories of the Week

Clearco secures $268 million CAD in round led by SoftBank(BETAKIT)

The round, which comes mere months after Clearco raised $125 million CAD of equity financing, accelerates the company’s international expansion plans and overall roadmap by at least one year.

How Loopio went from bootstrapped startup to RFP leader(BETAKIT)

In April, Loopio closed a $252 million CAD strategic investment, its second external fundraise since being founded seven years ago.

LifeSpeak goes public on TSX, closes $125 million public offering(BETAKIT)

The move comes after closing a previously announced $90 million initial public offering (IPO) and a $35 million secondary offering.

Non-committal on a banking license, Wealthsimple CEO Michael Katchen says company’s ambitions extend “beyond Canada”(BETAKIT)

“Our ambitions remain beyond Canada, and certainly we’re excited about other markets in time.”

EDC commits $200 million to new Inclusive Trade Investments Program(BETAKIT)

“The scope of our support has progressed from its initial focus on women, to now include Indigenous-owned and led businesses.”

Latest Funding, Acquisitions, and Layoffs

  • CAL – FightCamp – $111M (read more)

  • VAN – Active Impact Investments closes $54M climate tech fund (read more)

  • VIC – WeCommerce – $33.7M (read more)

  • MTL – Esplanade HealthTech Ventures closes $21M fund (read more)

  • TOR – VerticalScope – $18.8M (read more)

  • HAM – Enedym – $15M (read more)

  • TO – Ritual acquires (read more)

  • CAL – Tetra Trust secures funding from Coinbase, Mogo, Coinsquare (read more)

  • VAN – Fobi – $7.4M (read more)

  • HAL – Swarmio – $5M (read more)

  • TOR – Caary – $4.1M (read more)

  • VAN – ReadyMode – $4M (read more)

  • HAL – Side Door – $3.75 (read more)

  • MTL – Empower – $3M (read more)

  • CAL – FREDsense – $2.5M (read more)

  • TOR – Konfidis – $2M (read more)

  • VAN – Plantiga – $1.5M (read more)

  • AB – Seven Alberta startups secure over $1M combined (read more)

  • FRE – 3D Planeta – $1M (read more)

  • VAN – Two Vancouver startups win $150K combined (read more)


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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. He was also the winner of SABEW Canada’s 2023 Jeff Sanford Best Young Journalist award.

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