IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
WealthSimple had a big year, raising $65 million from Power Financial Group for a total investment of $165 million, as well as announcing that they now manage over $2 billion for clients across Canada, the US, and the UK.Voltera announced its new product, the new V-One Drill. Waterloo Region's own SkyWatch raised $4 million in its seed round of funding to continue development of its Earth Observation platform EarthCache. Addressing a talent shortage, several companies including Tulip, Shopify and ecobee have banded together to create an Associate Product Management program and will accept 12 to 15 students for 6 months of vocational training. Ratio City was awarded the grand prize of $100,000 at the Fierce Founders Finale. Waterloo-based OpenText acquires Hightail and adds it to their product suite. Ontario government has tapped Waterloo-based Shopify to lead online marijuana sales upon federal legalization in July. DroneBase raises $12 M to bring AR to aerial drone imagery. Ontario’s advanced manufacturing sector will get a generous federal boost as it was named one of the 5 winning superclusters awarded funding from the federal government. Montreal-based media and image platform Unsplash raised a unique funding boost through ablockchain tokenization project that netted them $7.25M. How’s that for creativity. Montreal-based Dialogue raised $12 M in Series A funding.
One time Flickr rival, 500px, acquired by China VCG.
HUMANS OF TECH
This month, we had the pleasure of connecting with marketing guru and Aussie transplant, Paul Gray! Paul is the Marketing Growth Coach at Communitech currently, but he's been involved with companies at all stages - from co-founding his own startup to Disney and now back to the startup community in Waterloo.Click to read more about his inspiration, experience, and advice.