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Potloc, a Montréal-based provider of consumer intelligence, has raised more than $13 million in a Series A financing. The round, which brings total funding to $17 million, was led by Brightspark Ventures and Investissement Québec and joined by Fonds Ecofuel, Cap Horn and Desjardins Capital​. Founded in 2014 by CEO Rodolphe Barrerre, COO Louis Delaoustre and CTO Jérémy Lagrue, Potloc will use the funds raised for new hires, entering new markets, including the U.S., U.K. and elsewhere in Europe, and developing artificial-intelligence capabilities.
Mylo, a Montréal-based automated savings and investment app, has secured $10 million in financing, bringing its total funding to $14 million. The latest round was led by NAventures, the venture capital arm of National Bank of Canada. It was joined by existing investors Desjardins Capital, Ferst Capital Partners and Tactico. Launched in 2015 by CEO Philip Barrar, Mylo will use the proceeds for product innovation, new hires, continued growth in Canada, and expansion internationally.
Luge Capital has raised additional resources for its debut early-stage financial technology venture capital fund, bringing it to a total size of $85 million. The new commitments came from iA Financial Group and BDC Capital, which join existing Luge investors Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Desjardins Group, Sun Life Financial, Fonds de solidarité FTQ and La Capitale. Montréal- and Toronto-based Luge was founded last year by General Partners David Nault and Karim Gillani. It has to date led or co-led investments in Finaeo, Flare Systems, Flinks and Owl.co.
Flare Systems, a Montréal-based dark-net intelligence platform focused on helping financial institutions prevent cyber-crimes, has raised $1 million in a seed-stage financing. The round was led by Luge Capital, a Canadian fintech venture capital firm. Also participating was White Star Capital. Founded in 2017, Flare Systems will use the round's proceeds to expand its roll-out in Canada and the United States, and further develop its suite of products. Luge last year raised an initial $75 million for its inaugural fund.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is looking to raise a venture capital fund to back startups developing mobility technology, according to a report by the Sacramento Business Journal. The fund is targeting US$100 million, the report said, mostly from corporate investors, such as automotive and technology companies. EnerTech Capital, a Toronto-based energy technology venture capital firm, will manage the fund.
Yapla, a Montréal-based payment and management software platform for non-profit organizations (NPOs), has raised an undisclosed investment from La Fabrique by CA, the startup studio of French bank Credit Agricole. Founded in 2013, Yapla provides NPOs with solutions to facilitate day-to-day operations, such as organizing events, selling tickets online, managing members and receiving donations online. […]
Voyager Capital, a Seattle, Washington-based venture capital firm, has raised US$100 million for its fifth fund. The fund, which will make first-round investments in B2B startups in cloud infrastructure, software-as-a-service and other verticals, plans to focus in part on opportunities in Western Canada. The fund's investors include BC Tech Fund, managed by Kensington Capital Partners, according to a report by Business in Vancouver.
MaRS Catalyst Fund, a Toronto-based early-stage impact fund created in collaboration with MaRS Discovery District, has rebranded as Amplify Capital and launched a new fund. The fund has a target size of $30 million and is seeking an initial close by early 2020. MaRS Catalyst Fund was launched in 2016 with the backing of Virgin Unite, as well as other investors, including Chawkers Foundation, Fondaction, J. W. McConnell Family Foundation and Lino et Mirella Saputo Foundation. It made nine investments in Ontario and Québec.
Relogix, an Ottawa-based workspace analytics platform and Internet-of-Things (IoT) sensor technology company, has closed its Series A financing, raising $4 million. The investors included BDC Capital’s Industrial, Clean and Energy Technology Venture Fund, Mistral Venture Partners and GroundBreak Ventures. Founded in 2010 by CEO Andrew Millar, Relogix provides its solutions to corporate real estate organizations.
7shifts, a Saskatoon-based provider of restaurant employee scheduling solutions, has secured $7.9 million (US$6 million) in financing. Napier Park Financial Partners, which led the company's $13.4 million Series A round earlier this year, also led the supplementary round. It was joined by existing investor Relay Ventures and new investor Conexus Credit Union. 7shifts will use the new funds raised to expand its North American restaurant footprint.

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