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North, Vidyard make Y Combinator list of top startups (BETAKIT)

Y Combinator put together a list of 101 top alumni based on valuation.

DMS Recommends: New Digital Transformation Grant program provides grants for main street businesses to embrace technology (DIGITALMAINSTREET)

The new Digital Main Street – Digital Transformation Grant program is now live. The program provides grant funding to main street businesses across Ontario in the amount of $2,500 to implement Digital Transformation within their business.

Moneris launches analytics tool to help businesses measure impact of online advertising (BETAKIT)

Offlinx is powered by a tagging mechanism that anonymously links browsing data to transactions that process through Moneris’ national payment network.

Walmart is testing a cashierless Sam’s Club (CNN)

Walmart will soon open a Sam’s Club Now store in Dallas. The concept store measures about a quarter of the size of a regular Sam’s Club — or about 32,000 square feet — and will focus on selling fresh food and alcohol.

Canadian Tire back in the e-commerce home delivery game as service launches across country (THEGLOBEANDMAIL)

Canadian Tire is introducing new, automated, 16-foot Self-Serve Pick-Up Towers at five locations across the country in Vancouver, Calgary, Saskatoon and Toronto.

Custom eyewear startup King Children raises $2 million (TECHCRUNCH)

Harnessing the power of 3D scanning and printing technology, in addition to augmented reality, King Children aims to create custom frames that fit your face perfectly.

OCS has processed over 150,000 legal cannabis orders to date (BETAKIT)

The Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) and its online retail Shopify announced the first 24-hours of sales saw approximately 100,000 orders of legal cannabis.

Leap raises $3M in seed funding (FINSMES)

Leap, which enables digital brands to launch high impact experiential retail stores, raised the funding from Costanoa Ventures, with participation from Equal Partners and Brand Foundry Ventures.

Here’s eBay’s 5-point plan to boost growth, improve customer experience (ZDNET)

eBay allayed a bevy of fears in the third quarter, but it remains to be seen how its plan to bring in new users while keeping its core customers happy plays out.

Social commerce startup Goxip lands $1.4M investment to add flexible payments (TECHCRUNCH)

Goxip’s funding comes from Convoy, which offers a range of services that include asset management, insurance and other investment options.

Can Canada compete globally in food tech? (BETAKIT)

HelloFresh has acquired Chefs Plate. Ritual has raised the cash to go big-time. Can Canada compete at food tech? Urbery founder Mudit Rawat joins to answer the question.

Dynamic Yield, which builds Amazon-like personalisation for the rest of us, raises $38M (TECHCRUNCH)

Dynamic Yield’s funding comes from Naver.


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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