Funding roundup: Blue J, Fable, Eavor, HaiLa, and more

Nine Canadian tech companies recently secured funding. Here are the details on who raised money, how much, from whom, and what they plan to put the new capital toward.

Blue J secures $11.3 million CAD for tax analysis platform

Toronto legaltech startup Blue J has raised approximately $11.3 million CAD ($9 million USD) in Series B funding to accelerate the development and adoption of its flagship tax analysis platform and support its new tax diagramming solution.

The all-equity round was led by Toronto’s Generation Ventures, and saw participation from previous investors Relay Ventures, Mistral Venture Partners, and LDV Partners. The new capital brings Blue J’s total funding to date to $26 million CAD. In conjunction with the financing, Geoff Beattie, Generation Ventures’ chairman, is joining Blue J’s board.

Blue J, which was founded in 2015, offers predictive tax and employment law software that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to make the law more transparent and accessible for tax practitioners. The startup raised a $9.3 million CAD Series A round in 2018 to fuel the growth of its platform in the United States (US), and $2 million in growth capital financing in April 2020 to support its geographic and product expansion efforts.

The startup currently has over 65 employees, and plans to add about 15 more by the end of the year. Blue J serves more than 200 customers, including North American law firms, global accounting firms, and the Canadian federal government. The company’s newly announced tax diagramming solution aims to streamline the documentation and analysis of the tax implication associated with complex relationships between entities.

Blue J has also announced the addition of two new executives to lead its sales and marketing efforts, bringing on Joshua Tanzola as its new VP of global sales, and Peter van Hezewyk as VP of marketing. Tanzola joins Blue J from Clio, where he specialized in developing creative partnerships, while Van Hezewyk comes to Blue J from Thomson Reuters, where he previously led Reuters’ marketing strategy for global large law firms.

Fable raises $3.4 million CAD to fuel international expansion

Vancouver-based startup Fable has secured $3.4 million CAD in seed funding to support its international expansion and product development efforts, as it looks to capitalize on a pandemic-driven shift in consumer behaviour towards more environmentally-friendly, sustainable, and ethical purchases.

The round was led by London, United Kingdom-based venture firm True, alongside Sandpiper VC and Mavan Capital. A group of over 30 investors took part in the seed financing round, which also saw participation from Techstars and the founders of Mejuri. The new capital brings Fable’s total funding to date to nearly $3.7 million CAD.

Founded in 2019, Fable is a sustainability-focused direct-to-consumer startup that designs and produces tablewares. The British Columbia startup offers consumers affordable, artisan-crafted ceramic and stainless-steel cutlery products that are designed in Vancouver and responsibly crafted in Portugal.

Fable, which is pending B Corporation certification, plans to use the fresh capital to fuel its international growth and new product development plans, as it looks to expand into glassware and other household categories beyond tabletop products, including home decor. The startup currently has 14 employees, and plans to use its new funding to double the size of its team.

Eavor, HaiLa among six cleantech firms to secure SDTC funding

The federal government, through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), has invested a total of $19.1 million CAD into six Canadian cleantech companies, including Eavor Technologies and HaiLa Technology.

SDTC invests in cleantech companies at all stages of development, from seed to scale-up. Through this funding, SDTC aims to help these firms develop and deploy their climate solutions tech, promote the development of a strong Canadian cleantech market, and bolster the country’s economy for the post-pandemic future.

The funding includes commitments to Calgary-based cleantech startup Eavor and Montréal’s HaiLa. Eavor has received $4.3 million to develop Eavor-Loop 2.0, its scalable, clean power solution, which serves as a reliable source of power with a smaller surface footprint than traditional options. Additionally, HaiLa secured $3 million to develop its ultra-low energy communication chip for wireless sensors operating in a WiFi environment.

SDTC has also invested in two graduates of its Seed Fund: Montréal-based Solid State of Mind, which has secured $520,000 to build software designed to reduce the amount of data required to train AI object detection models, and Toronto’s Flash Forest, which has nabbed $1.7 million to develop its drone-based, rapid reforestation system.

Two other companies have also received scale-up investments from SDTC to support their commercialization efforts: Ottawa-based concrete testing company Giatec Scientific has secured $5.1 million, while Calgary clean air technology firm Questor Technology has received $4.5 million.

UPDATE (08/18/21): This story has been updated to include responses from Blue J and Fable.

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