CanCon Podcast Ep. 60: Will #Budget2017 help Canadian startups?


Last week, the federal government released the 2017 budget while the Canadian tech community eagerly watched. #Budget2017 contains many big-dollar bets on innovation, but even more questions. Is VCCI the new VCAP? What exactly is a supercluster and who in Canada qualifies? Is #Budget2017 a cautious yet strong first step, or a bunch of spending earmarks to be spread across the nation, leading to activity without impact?

Tune in CanCon’s special guest power panel – Chris Dulny, Partner & National Tech Sector Leader, PwC Canada; Chris Plunkett, VP External Relations at Communitech; Matt Roberts, ‎Partner at ScaleUP Ventures; Gerrit De Vynck, Tech & telecom reporter at Bloomberg; and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor in Chief – discusses the impact of #Budget2017 on Canada’s tech ecosystem with some help from Ben Bergen, Executive Director of the Council of Canadian Innovators, and Saadia Muzaffar, founder of Tech Girls Canada.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 60 (03/26/17)

Uber’s no good, very bad 2017
Canadian tech community reacts to #Budget2017
#Budget2017 calls for $950 million towards ‘superclusters’, national AI strategy

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Money City Maniacs” by Sloan and “If I Had $1,000,000” by Barenaked Ladies

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.

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