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Plus, holy crap, it's September already. This is your Weekly Briefing.
Happy Labour Day from the Tech Journal team. Before we get into things, have a peek at these events from September’s jam-packed social calendar:
September 5 (tomorrow): Virtual Office Hours with Later CTO Ian MacKinnon
September 12: Tech Founders-Only Social
September 13: #vtjtalks: Scaling to 7, 8, 9 figures and beyond: Lessons from local founders (50% off for members)
September 21: Vancouver Tech Journal Live with Jason Fried at Vogue Theatre (20% off for members)
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Now onto today’s briefing. It’s 1,102 words: a four-minute read.
Here’s a line on why each one is a favourite to win.
The longtime organization has two new leaders, who have a plan for boosting angel investing in seed and pre-seed companies.
The six-year-old company had previously raised nearly $5 million in venture funding.
We trust that you have some R&R planned this weekend. So, add an extra R — reading — and enjoy these longreads over your long weekend.
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🤝 Funding and deals
Tribe Property Technologies has grown its presence in the Greater Toronto Area with the acquisition of Meritus Group Management.
Richmond's Lucid Vision Labs received funding through Pacific Economic Development Canada’s Business Scale-up and Productivity program to help scale up the manufacturing of its high-performing cameras.
For all the local funding news, become a Vancouver Tech Journal member »
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🗞️ In other news
Vancouver’s Sanctuary AI humanoid robot, called Phoenix, was featured in the BBC in an article titled “How long until a robot is doing your chores?”
Withe, which helps companies rapidly hire employees, shared eight talent acquisition strategies to help you hire top talent.
Clio is the first legal management practice software to be recognized by all 50 state bar associations across the United States.
Dyne, an AI platform for restaurant marketing, is making an impact across Canadian cities by joining hands with local food banks to combat food insecurity.
💼 Take your career to the next level
There are hundreds of Vancouver tech businesses searching for talent, including Montra, BC Public Service, LexSelect, The Coaches Site, ari, Resuseables.com, Taking Root, and SunTracker.
Check out who else is hiring on our Vancouver Tech Job Board »
Growing your team? Post a job with us »
💡 Ideas and insights
Alastair Nimmons, managing director at Easly, joined Gerry Fung from Northbridge Capital to discuss the early-stage funding landscape, how startups can leverage SR&ED and what options for early-stage funding are available beyond traditional venture capital deals.
Doug Lui, a venture partner with Vine Ventures Corp., spoke to Fast Company about what factors to consider when choosing between startup incubators and accelerators.
Agritech Today, Building for Tomorrow
Agritech firms throughout the Metro Vancouver region are working to build a more resilient and secure global food system.
Read Invest Vancouver’s research for an overview of the sector and recommendations for capitalizing on this opportunity for our region to be at the forefront of important export-oriented and resiliency-focused innovation.
🙋 Join your online community
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👋 Before you go…
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