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Last week, I asked how many of you are hunting for a job. Turns out there’s more than you’d think. More than 60 percent of you who voted are looking for something new, while only four percent wouldn’t consider a change. (For the record, 22 percent of you are happy where you are, but open). All that to say: more than 82 percent of our community is either actively looking for, or could be enticed to, a new gig.
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The world is watching: Frontier Collective brings Vancouver to SXSW
Mayor Ken Sim and B.C. Minister Brenda Bailey took part in a unique trade mission led by the organization. Austin’s Dirty Sixth, they say, can teach Vancouver a lot about building a tech hub. Start reading »
Aspect Biosystems, Klue amongst cohort receiving $25.7M from PacifiCan
The government funding sees investment in 10 local businesses to commercialize new technology, grow operations, and reach new markets. Start reading »
16 influential women to headline next week’s WomenInWeb3 Summit on March 27-28
The two-day event is backed by local partners passionate about elevating women in tech and business. Start reading »
AI in Vancouver is transforming small-scale agriculture
The rural market is opening up to new technologies, and it could be an opportunity for local innovators to lead the way. Start reading »
Cheatsheet: Your Metro Vancouver climatetech ecosystem
Get a piece of B.C.'s $500 million fund
#vtjtalks: Scaling a Business and Family Together | April 12
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🤝 Funding and deals
Operto Guest Technologies, a hospitality platform, raised a USD $25 Million Series B and announced the appointment of HotelTonight founder to its board of directors. Read in Vancouver Tech Journal »
Dyne, a SaaS-for-restaurants startup, received an influx of cash from Edmonton-based Sprout.vc as part of its now-oversubscribed 2022 seed round. Read in Vancouver Tech Journal »
TRIUMF, Vancouver’s particle accelerator centre, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Canadian-German nuclear technology company Dual Fluid to advance the development of a small modular reactor. Learn more »
AbCellera has partnered with RQ Bio to identify clinical candidates for up to three infectious disease targets, with aims to provide medicines to high-risk patients. Learn more »
CI Technologies, a software solutions provider for public safety agencies, was acquired by Ottawa-based Versaterm Public Safety. Learn more »
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🗞️ In other news
Canada Drives, an online vehicle retailer, announced a restructuring of business operations after filing for creditor protection. Learn more »
The provincial government extended its Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit, which will reduce costs for technology businesses while growing the sector, for another five years. Learn more »
Absolute Software, a provider of self-healing, intelligent security solutions, was named a gold winner in the 2023 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. Read more »
Hydra, a hydrogen-as-a-service provider, signed detailed MOUs with eight new commercial truck fleets in Prince George, bringing the company’s total to more than 80 heavy-duty trucks. Learn more »
Entrepreneurship@UBC welcomed 36 new teams for its 45th cohort of Venture Founder, UBC’s incubator and accelerator program. Read more »
East Side Games Group announced its studio, East Side Games, as well as one of their recent releases, Star Trek: Lower Decks – The Badgey Directive, have both been shortlisted for Mobile Game Awards. Learn more »
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Own this $3.4 million luxury home in Whistler for only $474,414
Explore wecasa’s newest property, steps from Whistler Village.
This three-bed, two-bath oasis is being fully renovated and stocked with amenities like a barrel sauna, hot tub, and outdoor lounge space. See more pictures inside the home, and details on how to get in.
💡 Ideas and insights
Ahnahktsipiitaa (Colin Van Loon)’s cinematic VR experience This Is Not a Ceremony, which made its world premiere at Sundance 2022, is now available on Meta Quest TV. He discusses why he chose to create the film in VR.
Roger Patterson, co-founder and president of visual marketing platform Later and co-founder of accelerator Launch Academy, writing in Forbes: Three trends set to shape the creator economy during the downturn
Jeanette Jackson, CEO of Foresight Canada, was interviewed by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade: Women's History Month Spotlight
Isaac Souweine, partner at Pender Ventures, writing on his firm’s blog: Generative AI is coming for vertical SaaS
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