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25 Top Podcasts That Will Spark Your Entrepreneurial Vision

Listening to a podcast while going to and from work is a rare example of successful multitasking.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ever heard anyone say that the trend is your friend? Sure, if something is getting a lot of attention, you probably should examine it …

Silicon Valley is obsessed with these ultra-comfy, machine-washable shoes that cost $95 — here's why

Tech workers in Silicon Valley are singing the praises of Allbirds, a startup in San Francisco that makes the "world's most comfortable shoes," according to investors, founders, and the company itself.<p>Founded in 2014, Allbirds makes super-soft sneakers constructed from a proprietary Merino wool …

Chefs Plate highlights sustainability focus after closing second tranche with InvestEco Capital

After announcing a $6 million Series B in September, Toronto-based Chefs Plate announced that it’s closed the second tranche of its Series B thanks …

Sustainability

RBC launches face-to-face video banking for enterprise clients

RBC believes that video banking is the next step for Canada’s financial institutions.<p>As part of this initiative, RBC recently launched a face-to-face …

Banking

Scotiabank first of Canada’s big five banks to launch Sensibill’s receipt management platform

Scotiabank has launched Toronto-based Sensibill‘s receipt management platform to its customers.<p>The eReceipts platform allows Scotiabank customers to …

Banking

Ecofuel seeking cleantech startups for its spring 2017 cohort

Montreal-based Ecofuel, a Cycle Capital Management-founded accelerator dedicated to growing cleantech startups, is now seeking startups to …

Startups

University of New Brunswick launches energy and cybersecurity-focused accelerator

The University of New Brunswick has launched Energia Ventures, an accelerator that will help startups commercialize products and services in the …

Delve Labs raises $1.5 million seed round to help companies fight cyber attacks with AI platform

Montreal-based Delve Labs, which develops vulnerability assessment software, announced $1.5 million in seed funding from Real Ventures, Desjardins …

Cyber-attacks

Today in company updates: VarageSale, Jibestream, AmpMe, SweetIQ

This week, several startups have made announcements launching new features and partnerships. Here’s the latest on company updates.<p>VarageSale …

Mobile Devices

SkipTheDishes being acquired by Just Eat for $110 million

Online food delivery SkipTheDishes — which was founded in Saskatoon and headquartered in Winnipeg — has been acquired by UK-based competitor Just Eat …

Mojio raises $19 million Series A led by Amazon Alexa Fund, Deutsche Telekom

Vancouver-based Mojio has raised a $19 million CAD Series A in a round led by the Amazon Alexa Fund and Deutsche Telekom, a European …

Smart Homes

Riipen platform wants to tackle Canada’s graduate underemployment problem

Youth unemployment and graduate underemployment are hitting record levels, and one Canadian startup has set out to tackle these issues.<p>Riipen, the …

Canada

Founder Institute says its Canadian companies have collectively raised $7 million

As the year comes to an end, Founder Institute, a global seed accelerator founded in Silicon Valley, released numbers on its Canadian startups and FI …

Startups

Versant Ventures and Bayer AG dedicate $295 million to stem cell therapy company with operations in Toronto

Bayer AG and Versant Ventures are dedicating $295 million ($225 million USD) to launching BlueRock Therapeutics, a stem cell company that will work …

Kathleen Wynne

Toronto-based AI startup Atomic Reach raises $2 million from angel investors

Toronto-based Atomic Reach — which is building an AI platform that measures content readability — announced that it’s raised $2 million from private …

Angel Investors

After US expansion, Foodee CEO Ryan Spong speaks on the art of hitting goals

Vancouver-based Foodee, an online office food catering company, recently launched into three new US markets: San Antonio, Columbus and Pittsburgh. …

Business Strategy

Today in funding: Symend, TruLeaf, Beagle

Canadian companies from all over Canada have announced boosts in funding as the year comes to a close. Here’s the latest on who raised how much, and …

PwC’s Chris Dulny says corporations can support Canadian startups as customers

Our latest instalment of <b>#BetaKit1on1</b> turns from entrepreneurs like Tony Lacavera and Ariel Garten to another player in Canda’s innovation space. …

Startups

Scotiabank investing $1 million in OCAD’s design thinking research studio

Scotiabank is dedicating $1 million to developing a Design Thinking Research Studio at OCAD, which will allow the university to create a Design …

Bay Street

Highline BETA partners with Cookhouse Lab to co-create and invest in insurance tech startups

Highline BETA is partnering with Cookhouse Lab, which provides a dedicated space for global insurance companies, technologists, designers, and …

Startups

Knowledgehook raises $1.25 million to empower math teachers with technology

After getting Google’s Game Changer Award at Google Demo Day in May, Waterloo-based Knowledgehook has now announced $1.25 million in funding as it …

Education Technology

Report: Canadian deal value reached $2.11 billion through October; exit activity remains sparse

PitchBook, a Seattle-based company providing a platform informing its clients of VC, PE, and M&A activity to make more informed decisions, has …

Venture Capital

Toronto-based advisory firm launches SaaS platform as software eats the consulting world

A Toronto-based professional advisory firm has launched a separate technology arm in an effort to stay competitive in the consulting industry.<p>Global …

Globalization

As Hubba raises Series B led by Goldman Sachs, founder Ben Zifkin confident company will IPO by 2020

Since Toronto-based Hubba founder Ben Zifkin launched his company in 2012, the plan has always been to IPO in 2020. In fact, he specifically came …

Goldman Sachs

US-based food delivery startup Favour abruptly shuts down Toronto operations

Austin, Texas-based Favor, which launched in Toronto in August 2015, has shut down operations in Toronto.<p>In Canada, the company rebranded itself as …

Overbond wants to help the bond market save time with its digital platform

Toronto-based Overbond, a platform for digital bond issuance, was one of the latest pitches on <i>The Disruptors</i>.<p>Overbond is a digital platform that aims …

Financial Services

Toronto-based mobile studio Tiny Hearts acquired by Shopify

Toronto-based mobile studio Tiny Hearts has been acquired by Shopify.<p>It’s the second acquisition for Shopify in just over two months; in October, the …

eCommerce

HoHoTO raises $22,500 to launch 2017 program encouraging girls to pursue tech

For the past nine years, HoHoTO has been hosting a massive holiday party for Toronto’s tech community, with the goal of raising money for community …

Tech Industry

#DisruptorsPitch contest winner HiMama is the Slack for daycares and parents

Last week, <i>BNN’s The Disruptors</i> made an open call for startups in its pitch contest, challenging companies to use social media to explain how they are …

Social Media

UK’s Department for International Trade invites 12 Canadian FinTech startups pursuing UK expansion

The United Kingdom’s Department for International Trade is organizing a trade mission welcoming 12 Canadian FinTech startups, along with …

Financial Services