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The Short Report, June 19, 2019 – Research chairs, cybersecurity, Strategic Innovation Fund

Science and Sports minister Kirsty Duncan has announced over $275 million for 346 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at 52 institutions across Canada. It was the most gender diverse competition yet: 47% women, 22% visible minorities, 5% persons with disabilities, and 4% Indigenous peoples. The Canada Foundation for Innovation is contributing another $5.2 million…

MoneyTree-PwC report: VC-backed deals up in Q2 as interest in AI soars

The venture capital community in Canada was upbeat in the second quarter of the year, investing in 116 deals from 112 in the first quarter. But the value of investments dropped by 7% to only US$900 million compared to the first quarter. Still, the latest MoneyTree report by PwC Canada and CB Insights noted a…

Element AI goes global with $137.5-million series ‘A’ investment

Montreal-based Element AI has raised $137.5 million in series ‘A’ financing to support investment in large-scale artificial intelligence (AI) projects internationally, cement its status as Canada’s the largest global AI company and hire 250 people by January 2018. The investment is the world’s largest Series A round ever for an AI company. The financing is…