The Artemis Update – June 2018 in Review

 All The News

Payment giant Interac opened up a new innovation lab in Communitech.

Waterloo Region has moved on to the finals in the Smart Cities Challenge. This challenge will provide $50,000 to the winners to support their proposed plans. Waterloo Region has developed a plan to integrate technological advances to improve the lives of children and youth in the area.

Waterloo-based ApplyBoard has raised $17M in their Series A. ApplyBoard helps international students come to study in Canada by simplifying the application process.

The University of Waterloo joined the University Blockchain Research Initiative backed by Ripple.

Toronto scale-up incubator OneEleven doubled their space in Toronto.

Toronto-based EcoBee has been named the 2018 Innovator of the Year.

Waterloo-based FleetCarma has been acquired by Geotab of Oakville, Ont. The founders cite their location in Waterloo as critical to their growth and success.

BlackBerry’s former offices in Waterloo – nearly 3 million square feet – are experiencing a renaissance as new companies are moving in and giving them new life.

In an effort to support their development, MaRS DD has launched a program to facilitate and encourage startups to bring on experienced executives.

Toronto-based AI startup AudaciousYou has launched its Future Skills Accelerator program with the goal of creating new tech talent.

Aviva Canada announced a pitch day where startups have a chance to win $10M from Aviva Ventures. Applications close on August 14th.

A new VC fund launched in Quebec – Luge Capital opened with a $75M backing. Their focus is fintech companies.

BDC launched a new fund dedicated solely to investing in early stage Canadian women led technology companies across sectors.

Montreal-based Real Ventures has won the Deal of the Year award in the venture capital category for its investment in Montreal-based SweetIQ, which provides businesses with location-based marketing analytics and automation solutions.

White Star Capital – a Montreal based VC fund focused on North American and European markets – has closed $232M for their second fund.

Vancouver-based Yaletown Partners said it has closed over $100 million in initial funding for its Innovation Growth Fund. The fund’s target size is $200 million.

The Canadian government announced the launch of its Collaborative Health Research Project (CHRP) competition, committing $25M.

Microsoft acquired GitHub for a whopping $7.5B.

All The Moves

Joe Capka has joined Sortable as their a new VP of Engineering.

Tricia Gruetzmacher has been tapped as the Director of the new InteracLab.

Nicole DeNoble, formerly at Sandvine, will be the new Director of Marketing at Bridgit.

The UW Ideas Lab announced they will be welcoming former Dalhousie president, Richard Florizone, as their new leader.

David Brennan, formerly of Achievers and Pixstream, has joined EcoBeeas their new CFO.

Scott Tyson joined Auvik as Managing Director.

OneEleven announced that Brad Forsyth would be joining them as the new managing director of their Ottawa hub.

Jake McGuire – formerly of BigRoad – went to Encircle as CRO.

Twitter Canada made some changes to their executive leadership and appointed Paul Burns as managing director

Dhivya Suryadevara was named as the new CEO of GM.

What We’re Working On

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VP Sales and Marketing – Legal

Product Manager – Payments

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Senior Product Designer – AI Scale-Up

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Humans of Tech

This month we’re proud to present this interview with the incomparable Carrie MacGillivray!

Carrie is Group Vice President – IoT and Mobility Research at IDC. Carrie manages her team remotely across North America, has presented her insights across the globe, and has been recognized as a leader in her industry many times over.

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Monthly Discussion

There’s been a lot of discussion over the past month about the issue of burnout in the tech community. This discussion was sparked by a recent poll in the US stating that 60% of tech employees were currently experiencing burnout. Not only does burnout affect tech company employees, it also deeply affects people in leadership and is more likely to go unreported.

How do you recover from burnout? How do you maintain your mental health and build your company?

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