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BetaKit

Lightspeed to open first office in Toronto

Montreal-based Lightspeed is set to open a new office in Toronto this month, representing the company’s 12th location globally and its third in Canada.


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Skip the Dishes founder launches new venture initiative in Calgary

The co-founder of Canadian tech success story Skip the Dishes is establishing a not-for-profit pilot program in Calgary aimed at helping local startups build and grow.


TechCrunch

Glovo exits the Middle East and drops two LatAm markets in latest food delivery crunch

On-demand food delivery apps may be great at filling the bellies of hungry consumers fast but startups in this space have yet to figure out how to deliver push-button convenience without haemorrhaging money at scale.


Berkshire Grey raises $263 million for industrial robots

Industrial robots and warehouse automation are lucrative intermingling markets, as evidenced by Berkshire Grey.


Ikea-backed interior design startup Livspace raises $60m: Report

The funding is part of a bigger $100 million round, which is expected to close soon.


BetaKit

Bonsai raises $4 million CAD to replicate new Complex Media shop with other publishers

Bonsai has raised a $4 million CAD bridge round to fuel a new business model that it sees as the future of e-commerce for publishers and media companies.


TechCrunch

Kraftful raises $1M to help smart home companies make better apps

Because no company wants an app that looks identical to a competitor’s, much of what Kraftful produces is built to be tailored to each company’s branding.


Placer.ai’s analytics tool for retail and hospitality raises $12m

Placer.ai aims to help retail, hospitality and real estate businesses deal with the ‘retail apocalypse’ by using real-time location analytics and foot-traffic data.


BetaKit

Today in funding: Aquatic Informatics, Commerce.js, Simply Benefits

Three Canadian startups have announced fresh funding rounds to fuel their growth. Here’s the latest on who raised.


TechCrunch

Marijuana delivery giant Eaze may go up in smoke

The Uber of pot is almost out of cash.


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Caitlin Hotchkiss

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