The Artemis Update – August 2017

The Artemis Update – August 2017


Toronto-based mobile retail platform Tulip Retail has raised a $50 million CAD Series B led by Kleiner Perkins.

Mike Serbinis, founder and CEO of League was recently awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at Startup Canada Awards. Check out the rest of the winners here.

Waterloo-based ad optimization platform Sortable recently launched Sortable Analytics that analyzes a Publisher’s’ platform and provides real time information about their Partner’s performance and revenue through a unified dashboard.

Toronto based Fintech company Plooto now enables Canadian small businesses to process payments internationally allowing access to new markets and deepening relationships with current customers.

Auvik Networks Inc, a Waterloo-based provider of network monitoring and management software for managed service providers, has secured $15 million in OpenView led Series B financing.

Cambridge-based cyber security firm eSentire received a ‘9 digit cheque totalling more than 100 million’ from global private equity firm Warburg Pincus.

Toronto’s three-day festival Elevate Toronto showcasing the best of Canada’s tech ecosystem will be held on September 12-14. The festival is founded on three core values: Diversity is our Strength, We Disrupt Together, and It’s our Time.

A recent report – Global Tech Hiring in the Trump Era – (unsurprisingly) indicated that Canada is the top choice for US tech workers who are considering relocation due to the Trump administration. The increased excitement about our initiative Canada Connect proves the same.

Communitech recently announced the winners of its Fierce Founders bootcamp pitch finale, which awards funding to women entrepreneurs – Fredericton-based SomaDetect, that measures critical indicators of dairy quality; and Toronto-based Furnishr, a turn-key home furnishing platform, received $50,000 each.

Uber has deployed two autonomous cars to the streets of Toronto for testing, although only with human drivers behind the wheel.

Communitech recently released a Why Waterloo website, a go-to site that talks about the community, events, tech happenings, things to do and reasons why the region is a great place to build and raise your company.


Joseph Fung, the former VP HCM at NetSuite, recently announced the launch of Kiite – a platform aimed at supercharging the workforce – as his new venture.

Techstars Toronto announced Sunil Sharma as its Managing Director. Sunil was previously the MD of Extreme Startups, brought the Founder Institute idea accelerator to Toronto, and was the MD of Extreme Accelerator.

Apple veteran Cheryl Eng recently joined Thalmic Labs as the Director of the Retail team.


Joseph Fung is the CEO of Kiite Inc., a Waterloo-based startup with an AI platform set to transform the workforce. A seasoned entrepreneur with a passion for harnessing tech to realize the best human experience, Joseph’s former company, TribeHR, sold to Netsuite in 2013. Now, as he guides Kiite on a trajectory toward transforming the way we work, Joseph took some time to connect with us to dive a bit deeper into the details of his vision and Kiite’s AI platform.
Read up on it here.
The Artemis Canada Connect program is a confidential and curated introduction service aimed at connecting returning tech talent with innovative tech companies in Canada. By flipping traditional recruiting upside down, we help individuals return to great jobs in Canada by giving our partners a first look at the best returning talent.

Here’s a preview of the senior talent looking to come home.
Sign up to be a part of our hotlist and subscribe to candidate profiles!
Check out our latest Canada Connect video where we talk about how the program works.

#1 Consumer facing Digital Executive with 8+ years experience in digital media with expertise in social media and a background in video ad tech and publisher sales
I’d like to learn more

#2 This Senior Program Manager has grown a career bridging technology and social responsibility. Leading operations for major global tech companies, he has tackled strategic programs that address impactful social issues and opportunities.
I’d like to learn more

#3 This experienced candidate has almost 2 decades of experience as a computational scientist, and expert in large scale distributed computational infrastructure. He has expertise in big data management, analytics, and visualization.
I’d like to learn more

#4 This technical leader (PhD, MEng.) has built a career in AI and Machine Learning, researching and solving problems related to energy, agriculture, climate and weather forecasting. He’s looking to grow his career with a Canadian business that can leverage his experience with predictive analytics, forecasting, time-series analysis, nonlinear methods and optimization problems.
I’d like to learn more

#5 This sales and services leader has 16+ years diverse leadership experiences in the ICT industry with a background in B2B business development & operations in EMEA, North America, LATAM and APAC. He is fluent in 4 languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic) and has a record of consistently exceeding sales targets.
I’d like to learn more


Here are a handful of the roles we’re currently working on:

Senior Product Manager
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Head of Marketing
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Controls Software Engineer
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Engineering Leader
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The smell of coffee and school supplies in the morning…
As we send our kids off to school, we mark the end of summer and the start of a new academic year. For me it’s an exciting time – a time to refocus, get back into routines and push towards the final months of 2017.
The tech community doesn’t take the summer off, but September comes with a surge of activity that I’m excited to be part of. New funding, new events and lots of growth and change.
So grab that coffee and your freshly sharpened pencils (or maybe just give your keyboard a wipe), and let’s get this new year off to a great start.

Kristina McDougall
Founder, Artemis Canada

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