H|T: The Healthtech Times – Selling the promise of sleep

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Canadian developer Carrot Rewards to launch in England in spring 2019 (BETAKIT)

Canada’s wellness app Carrot Rewards has partnered with the British government to expand its service to parts of England.

Consistency and transparency: A blockchain company offers solutions to the cannabis industry (CANNCENTRAL)

A Vancouver technology company wants to show consumers what weed is really made of.

Fitbit’s newest fitness tracker is just for employees and health insurance members (TECHCRUNCH)

The new devices are available as a wristband with the option of a clip. The basic tracker’s features are pretty standard and include activity and sleep tracking, calory burn and alerts from a connected phone.

How Startups Are Selling Anxious Millennials on the Promise of Sleep (VICE)

Startup brands are trying to convince a generation of tired, anxious, financially unstable young people that they can buy a good night’s sleep.

Health Catalyst raises $100 million for health care analytics (VENTUREBEAT)

Health Catalyst’s CEO said the proceeds will be used to support “continued expansion” of the company’s technology and services offerings into the life sciences and international markets.

Hulu teams up with that world record Instagram egg to raise awareness of mental health (TECHCRUNCH)

Remember that egg that became Instagram’s most-liked post? It used its recently acquired fame to shed light on mental health and the pressures of social media.

5 startups that are redefining the way we think about health and wellness (INSIDER)

In this article, you’ll find five startups that are challenging the status quo with simple, transparent products and services, and redefining the way we think about health and wellness in the process.

Ambler raises €1.5M in funding (FINSMES)

Ambler, a smart network of medical transporters, raised the funding from Partech, Idinvest Partners, Kima Ventures, and others.

Healthcare wearables level up with new moves from Apple and Alphabet (TECHCRUNCH)

Announcements that Apple has partnered with Aetna health insurance on a new app leveraging data from its Apple Watch and reports that Verily — one of the health-focused subsidiaries of Google‘s parent company, Alphabet — is developing a shoe that can detect weight and movement, indicate increasing momentum around using data from wearables for clinical health applications and treatments.


3iOntario Digest presents a list of ongoing funding opportunities and other resources to accelerate health innovation.

CAN – The Reimagining Respiratory Protection QuickFire Challenge (read more)

CAN – Virtual Care Experiences Showcase (read more)

EURO – Active and Assistive Living Call Challenge 2019 for ICT-Based Solutions (read more)

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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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