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B2B News for Monday, April 26, 2021 : The Startup Edition Sees Couply Win Pitch Contest, Jobber Nabs Gail Goodman, Beam.gg Launches Early Access and Quantum Computing Gets a Specialist Incubator

The news from Monday morning ranges from federal finances to a new launches, but it all comes from the realm of tech startups.

StartUp Canada, the national organization representing the country’s startups, issued a press release in response to the federal budget agreeing that entrepreneurs are “crucial to the country’s recovery.”

In particular, the association points to the launch of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Development Program as an excellent initiative to help entrepreneurs access funding and capital, mentorship, financial planning services, and business training.

Press release: https://www.startupcan.ca/2021/04/startup-canada-to-help-pave-the-way-forward-for-entrepreneurs-in-budget-2021/

The Canadian startup Couply won the annual PITCH contest at the Collision Conference last week. The free app helps couples improve their relationships by suggesting gifts and date ideas. The app will also remind couples about important occasions in their lives together.

“Couply works on research-based quizzes, and that gives us the filter so that we can give people this custom information that’s based on their personality type. This is an area we’re excited to continue to explore as we grow partnerships with people in this space,” said co-founder Tim Johnson.

Press Release: https://websummit.docsend.com/view/zd5wq9k4im4dvahy

Toronto-based startup Jobber, a provider of home service management software for small businesses, has appointed Gail Goodman to its board of directors. Goodman is the former CEO of Constant Contact, one of the first SaaS companies to serve the small business segment.

Press Release: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210421005020/en/Gail-Goodman-SaaS-Trailblazer-and-Small-Business-Champion-Joins-Jobber%E2%80%99s-Board-of-Directors

Angel investors are betting on the next round of startups from the quantum computing sector. Late last week the University of Maryland launched an incubator for quantum-focused startups. The Quantum Startup Foundry has an initial $25 million US investment from the university’s Discovery Fund.

“While the promise of quantum may seem far off, it’s not,” said UMD Chief Innovation Officer Julie Lenzer who will also lead the Quantum Startup Foundry. “The future is quantum, and it starts now.”

Press Release: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/university-of-maryland-launches-quantum-business-incubator-301276142.html

Mississauga-based startup Beam.gg launched its early access program last week. The community management software offers a gamified model of community experiences to businesses so they can build their own user/customer communities rather than host them on a social media platform.

More information: https://beam.gg/

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Kate Baggott
Kate Baggott
Kate Baggott is a former Managing Editor of B2BNN. Her technology and business journalism has appeared in the Technology Review, the Globe and Mail, Canada Computes, the Vancouver Sun and the Bay Street Bull. She is the author of the short story collections Love from Planet Wine Cooler and Dry Stories. Find links to recent articles by following her on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-baggott-9a0306/