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Here's who won B.C. Tech's awards week
Welcome to the Sunday Briefing.
While the global tech industry environment seems a bit precarious right now, last week in B.C., the feeling was very much good vibes only. Because, well, welcome news just kept coming. There was the $2.3 million in funding announced by Innovate BC. It was followed by the New Ventures BC Competition winner announcements. They were chased by a slew of funding rounds, and then the week was capped off by the 29th annual Technology Impact Awards that saw East Side Games founder Josh Nilson recognized as Person of the Year. All week the positivity was palpable.
The question now is: Despite coming headwinds, can B.C. tech keep the good times rolling?
Anyway, here’s today briefing. It’s 911 words, a three-and-a-half minute read.
PS: See you soon?
Tuesday, Oct 11, 8-10 a.m.: Vancouver Tech Morning Coffee
Dapper Labs, GeoComply among the dozen Technology Impact Award winners for 2022
B.C.’s innovation ecosystem was celebrated across a range of categories, including technology adoption, resilience, and diversity and inclusion. Get the full story »
New Ventures BC 2022: Meet the winners of $250k in cash and prizes
Ovou has taken the first-place prize in the province’s annual business technology competition. Start reading »
Innovate BC invests $2.3M into projects spanning cleantech, mining, and forestry
The investments are the latest by the crown agency’s Ignite program, which has so far contributed nearly $11 million into 40-plus local R&D enterprises. Get the full story »
10 notes on InBC’s investment policy statement
More than two years after the B.C. government released details of InBC, its $500 million investment fund, it’s lifted the lid on the organization’s investment strategy, impact objectives, and policy statement. Here are ten things we found noteworthy »
Bill Tam stepping away from Digital Supercluster
Tam is a founder member of the organization and a fixture of B.C.’s tech community. Start reading »
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🤝 Funding and deals
With $5.5M in seed funding, Spexi moves its aerial imagery business to the blockchain. Start reading »
Ethọ́s Lab — a Black-led, nonprofit innovation academy for teens — and Vancouver’s Centre for Digital Media received a Higher Ed XR Innovation Grant from Unity to serve 300+ underrepresented youth and 190+ high school educators over five years. Continue »
TerraZero Technologies signed an LOI to go public on the TSX-V via a reverse takeover with Whatcom Capital Corp. Continue »
Clarius, a provider of HD wireless ultrasound systems — and previously noted as a top digital health startup — is partnering with Trice Medical on a platform to help orthopedic physicians with surgical procedures. Continue »
Canada Drives secures $10M to accelerate growth. 10/7 Morning Report »
🗞️ In other news
What the Council of Canadian Innovators is watching for in B.C. this fall. Continue »
B.C. biotech real estate competition is intensifying. Business in Vancouver »
Graeme Dymond, a Lego master, built a massive model of The Post: the new Amazon Vancouver headquarters. Vancouver is Awesome »
Vancouver startup GlüxKind has developed an artificially intelligent stroller that can drive itself. Axios »
Covalent CEO Ganesh Swami believes there’s an ‘unresolved backlog’ of unfilled Web3 data roles. Cointelegraph »
Meet Shawn Wilson, BuildDirect’s new CEO. 10/6 Morning Report »
💼 Take your career to the next level
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🏗️ Building your women in tech recruitment strategy
Partner message from VanHack: The dos and don'ts for attracting and hiring women in tech.
💡 Ideas and insights
Raghwa Gopal, Innovate BC CEO, shared the local tech stories that caught his eye in September
Jonathan Watson, CTO at Clio, is interviewed by Tech Captains: Enabling the tech behind the stellar Clio
Nick Lo, co-founder of OddFutur3, writing on LinkedIn about how his firm catalyzes Web3 adoption and builds community through a project called Run As You Are
Max Lytvyn, co-founder of Grammarly, joined the Afternoon “T” podcast to discuss scaling his company and how you can learn important lessons from everyone around you. Watch and listen »
Ilya Brotzky, CEO of VanHack, joined the Traction podcast to discuss growing a community of 400k developers and an eight-figure business. Watch and listen »
Hamed H. Arbabi, CEO and founder at VoPay, shares insights in FinTecBuzz on his career and the business he’s building
Geordie Rose, co-founder and CEO of Sanctuary, writing on his company’s blog: Reflections on Tesla AI Day and our mission progress
Chris Neumann, general partner at Panache Ventures, writing on his blog about his approach to making speaking events more engaging for everyone