C100, the non-profit, member-driven organization that supports Canadian technology entrepreneurship through mentorship, partnership and investment, has named Canada’s top funding announcements of 2013.
C100 organizes popular events for the Canadian entrepreneurial community, such as 48hrs in the Valley, where a number of chosen startups are flown to San Francisco to engage in two days of networking and workshops, as well as the ‘Accelerate’ series, or full-day education sessions in various Canadian cities.
Here’s their top funding announcements:
Several of these funding rounds were reported here on BetaKit throughout the year. Some of the larger rounds seen this year were Hootsuite’s $165 million series B round, Shopify’s $100 million series C, Beyond the Rack’s $25 million series C and Thalmic Labs’ $14.5 million series A round. 500 px raised $8.8 million in August and promptly brought on a few Canadian tech veterans in Patrick Lor and Andy Yang.
C100 also reviewed their biggest events of the year, including:
CEO Summit: On May 2, 2013, the C100 brought together a small, hand-picked group of Canada’s top growth-stage tech CEOs with some of Silicon Valley’s most successful CEOs.
AccelerateMTL: This year’s Accelerate Montreal was an invite-only event on June 5th. Montreal’s top emerging companies presented their pitches, an expert panel led on point discussions and experienced mentors led roundtable workshops. Speakers included Mike Dinsdale (Docusign), Darrel MacMullin (PayPal Canada), Dax Dasilva (Lightspeed) and more.
Accelerate OTT: This June the C100 brought the Ottawa tech entrepreneur community together for a major event about building successful tech companies at high speed. Speakers included Chamath Palihapitiya (Founder and Managing Partner of The Social+Capital Partnership), Jason Calacanis the founder and CEO of Inside.com, Tobi Lütke (CEO and founder of Shopify) and Jeff Swystun (Swystun Communication).
48hrs in the Valley: June: 8 top Canadian companies joined the C100 for 48hrs in the Valley June 10th-13th for two days of mentorship, workshops and networking.
Accelerate AB: Accelerate Alberta brought the tech world to Calgary on July 10th and 11th, 2013. The goal of AccelerateAB is to put Alberta’s leading tech entrepreneurs front and center and turn as much of the program time as possible over to our startups.
GROW: On August 14th-15th, the C100 headed to Vancouver for GROW, created by C100 Charter Member Debbie Landa. Over 1,200 tech executives, founders and investors came together.
AccelerateTO: On September 19th, 700+ entrepreneurs, students and start-up teams from Toronto’s vibrant tech community joined C100 for AccelerateTO, the biggest event in C100 history.
C100 UK Launch: On September 25th and 26th, the C100UK hosted its first ever 48hrs in London. Eight of Canada’s top tech start-ups spent two days in London learning from top entrepreneurs, investors, angels and mentors.
48hrs in the Valley: The C100 welcomed 16 top Canadian companies to the Valley December 2-4 for the final event of the year.