Canadian startup stories of the week (04/08/17)

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Welcome to BetaKit’s startup stories of the week! Here, you will find the week’s most important news, features, and editorials published on BetaKit. If you prefer this update hit your inbox every week, make sure to subscribe to the BetaKit Newsletter using the form at the bottom of this page.

Top Stories of the Week

PM Justin Trudeau using Quora, LinkedIn to sell Canada’s innovation agenda

Trudeau talked about Canada’s AI strategy, the Global Talent stream, and why engineers around the world should work in Canada.


Code for Canada wants tech and gov’t to build better public services together

The organization is launching a fellowship program this spring, embedding teams of tech professionals into government departments.


Singularity University launches inaugural Canada Summit

The summit, being held between October 11 and 12, will include sessions on the future of technology, energy, and healthcare, while exploring emerging tech like AI and nanotechnology.


Report: 62 percent of Canadian execs see outdated technology as barrier to innovation

A new report by PwC Canada says “Canadians are less focused on creating a digital culture and supporting initiatives meant to promote a digitally savvy workforce.”

Startup Milestones

  • Rakuten Kobo acquires ebook startup Shelfie (Read here)

  • Wattpad Studios hires Eric Lehrman and Abby Ho (Read here)

  • Sharethebus rebrands to, raises $6.5 million Series A (Read here)

  • Casalova receives $2.5 million investment from Aviva Ventures (Read here)

  • Crew sold to Dribbble as co-founders turn focus to Unsplash (Read here)

  • With $6.7 million seed round, Platterz wants to dominate corporate catering space with automation focus (Read here)

  • Toronto-based Turnstyle Analytics acquired by Yelp for $20M USD (Read here)

Must Reads


Is it worth your time to be excellent?

Johnathan Nightingale shares the secret of getting to where you’re supposed to be.


Ask an Investor: Should I outsource product development?

It’s important to challenge the idea that all technology development should be staffed up and serviced in-house.



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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer and content creator at BetaKit with a strong interest in Canadian startup, business, and legal tech news. In her free time, Amira indulges in baking desserts, working out, and watching legal shows.

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