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- Descartes Systems Group - whose North American head office is in Waterloo - has acquired Toronto-based PinPoint for $15 million.
- Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed AI technology to help guard water supplies from toxins and bacteria. The AI can identify and quantify the bacteria and blue-green algae in water.
- Communitech will be opening a gallery wall at the Communitech Hub as a result of the Building an Equitable Tech Community discussion at True North this past May.
- Transport Canada is providing $2.9 million in funding to help groups in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) research what the country will look like when autonomous vehicles are the norm. This was announced and shortly after UWaterloo’s autonomous vehicle - the “Autonomoose” - logged 100km in full autonomous mode.
- Waterloo-based Ground, which uses AI and geofencing to tackle fake news, has been selected as a finalist for the WeWork Creator Awards, which will host its semi-final event in Nashville on September 13.
- Waterloo-based AEXOS has announced their concussion reducing tool called HALO, which acts like a piece of equipment, with the emphasis on reducing whiplash of the head and neck during impacts in contact sports.
- Toronto is being recognized more and more as a global tech leader. This scene didn’t just develop overnight though. Here’s what happened over this past 7 years in order to reach this point.
- LG is the latest to take advantage of the country’s burgeoning AI scene as it has announced a five-year multimillion-dollar research partnership with the University of Toronto that will see it set up a research centre meant to collaborate with top AI researchers in the city.
- The University of Toronto (U of T) announced a brand new innovation centre to be located right across the street from the MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto and very close to some of the leading research hospitals on the country. The new innovation centre will propose to house the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, one of the world’s top research centres for AI.
- The first half of 2018 brought in a reported $263M USD worth of deals for Canadian fintech.
- A shake-up in Canada’s space technology world is seeing one of the larger companies in the sector purchase a specialized firm. The Maxar Technologies company MDA has announced it acquired the Ottawa-based Neptec Design Group for $42 million.
- As the next step in the continued push to increase Canadians’ digital literacy, the federal government has unveiled the six innovation experts that will lead roundtable discussions around the country to better help citizens understand how to drive innovation in a data economy, prepare for how technology will alter the way people work, and ensure that everyone is confident and understands exactly how their data will be used.
- The federal and provincial governments along with Canadian tech company CAE have teamed up to invest about a billion dollars over five years into training and simulation technology.
- Wattpad has announced a content partnership with Malaysia-based streaming service iflix to co-produce Wattpad stories for iflix users in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
- The Vancouver Founder Fund (now just VFF) has officially closed its second fund at $31 million CAD.
- Bumble announced their new Bumble Fund which invests primarily in businesses founded and led by women of color and those from other underrepresented groups.
- Co-founding partners Adam McNamara and Joshua Tessier have been working on Ramen Ventures over the past two years, having invested in nine companies like Fiix, Every, and ChefHero thus far. The partners have allocated $10 million—$5 million for initial investment, and $5 million for follow-on funding—to invest in 100 Toronto companies.
- Tesla Canada sued the Ontario government, after Premier Doug Ford scrapped the province's Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program (EHVIP) in mid-July. The Ontario Supreme Court of Justice has ruled in Tesla’s favour.
- Slack has raised another $427 million in a Series H round that values it at over $7.1 billion, led by Dragoneer Investment Group and General Atlantic.
- Shared Services Canada (SSC), the federal IT agency, issued a notice earlier this month inviting technology companies to qualify for a massive project to relocate 595 aging data centres, now dispersed across government. However, the requirements of the contract disqualify almost every homegrown Canadian company. The Council of Canadian Innovators are calling foul.
- The University of Calgary has launched a program focused on wearable tech.
- Former Blue Jays player and six-time MLB All-Star José Bautista is officially an investor in Toronto-based mattress startup Endy.
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