Canadian startup news of the week (8/30/20)

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Top Stories of the Week


Canadian venture capital investment hits record in Q2 2020 despite COVID-19

The second quarter of 2020 saw $1.66 billion in venture capital invested across 145 deals, a 23 percent year-over-year increase and more than double the amount invested in the first quarter of 2020 ($818 million).


As Ethereum turns five, the world's second biggest crypto platform aims to tackle long-standing challenges

Although it is now a global phenomenon, Ethereum’s roots are in Canada, where a significant portion of its early development took place.


TransPod signs deal with Alberta to develop Hyperloop track connecting Edmonton, Calgary

CEO Sebastien Gendron said the startup estimates the total cost of the project to be between $6 and $10 billion.


Top Hat continues pursuit to take traditional publishers digital with Bluedoor acquisition

Top Hat, which offers an active learning platform, has focused this year on pursuing its strategy of bringing “traditional publishers into the digital age.”


Latest Funding, Acquisitions, and Layoffs


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Caitlin Hotchkiss

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