🏙️ How to exit your company
We've got a giveaway you won't want to miss. Plus, find out which UBC-founded startup just got funded. This is your Sunday Briefing.
It’s another week, which means another fantastic Vancouver Tech Journal giveaway!
On Tuesday (May 16), the Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum is hosting a must-attend event on how to plan an exit for your company. Here’s the thing: no matter whether you’re on the first day of your startup, or you’ve grown so much you’re ready for an acquisition, you should always be planning your business with an exit in mind.
We’re offering the next five people who become a Vancouver Tech Journal member a free ticket to the event (worth $60). Given that it only costs $8.25 a month to become a VTJ member, it basically pays for itself. Plus, you’ll get a whole load of other benefits too.
Now, here’s this week’s briefing. It’s 1,159 words: a four-minute read.
P.S. This Tuesday from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., join us for our weekly Vancouver Tech Morning coffee at The Coffee Bar in Gastown (10 Water Street). It’s free! Register here »
AI startup Zeeno raises $840K
The company, founded by a trio of fresh UBC grads, received the cash from San Francisco-based VC community Neo. Start reading »
GeoComply acquires fellow Vancouver-based company, OneComply
The acquisition, GeoComply’s first, sees it ramp up its capabilities in gaming, fintech, and licensing. Start reading »
Meet the 16 startups featured at entrepreneurship@UBC’s Investor Showcase
The university’s startup accelerator featured early-stage ventures ready to raise capital. Start reading »
Zero-waste packaging through Reusables.com and ShareWares
In the second of a three-part series on circular economy technologies, two startups demonstrate how to defeat single-use packaging, one business at a time. Start reading »
Cheatsheet: Vancouver’s role in B.C.’s carbon management
A new report details the pathways for technologies that capture, remove, store, or re-use greenhouse gasses in the province. Members only. Start reading »
The B.C. investment trend you need to know
Read our top member briefing from last week. Members only. Get started »
💰 #vtjtalks: Inside InBC, the Province's $500M Strategic Investment Fund
Are you an investor or startup still looking to learn more about how InBC works? Want details about its decision-making criteria and process? Do you have questions about how to access its capital? Learn more from:
Jill Earthy, chief executive officer, InBC
Leah Nguyen, chief investment officer, InBC
William Johnson, founder, Vancouver Tech Journal
Vancouver Tech Journal members always get 50% off. Become a member »
🤝 Funding and deals
A pair of Genome BC research and development projects tackling major public health challenges through genomics received $9.6 million in federal funding through Genome Canada. Learn more »
The Provincial Government has invested $74.4 million to help 3,000 students access in-demand post-secondary programs in technology, including those that cover cybersecurity, software engineering, data science, life sciences, creative tech, cleantech, and agtech. Learn more »
Svante has announced a collaboration with Carbon America — a carbon capture and storage owner, developer, and operator — to focus on commercial deployment of carbon capture, utilization, and storage projects in the United States. Learn more »
GenAI, which creates AI tools for businesses and consumers, has officially closed the acquisition of all outstanding securities of Global AI Billing. Continue »
Jelly Academy, a digital marketing school, and DigiBC, a local non-profit advancing B.C.’s creative tech industry, have partnered with the province to develop and implement programs that equip students with skills for emerging sectors. Read more »
For 10 more funding stories and our daily coverage, become a Vancouver Tech Journal member »
🎁 Featured VTJ Membership Perk
This week: Launch Academy
Launch Academy is a tech accelerator that provides the mentorship, resources, network and environment entrepreneurs need to launch, fund, and grow their startups.
Vancouver Tech Journal members receive free access to the Launch Your Startup course (worth USD $300), a step-by-step guide for launching your business in a just few weeks.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to redeem your perks or learn more about VTJ membership.
🗞️ In other news
HYAS Infosec, a cybersecurity tech firm, was announced as a CyberTech 100 Honoree for the second year in a row. Learn more »
Local digital agency Apply Digital won a trio of awards. Learn more »
Jeanette Jackson, CEO of Foresight Canada, won the 2023 YWCA Metro Vancouver Women of Distinction Award in the category of Environmental Sustainability. Learn more »
BTQ, a quantum tech company, commenced trading in the United States on the OTCQX Best Market (OTCQX). Read more »
PlasticBank, a Vancouver-based aquatech company, reached a major milestone: stop 80 million kilograms of plastic, the equivalent of four billion bottles, from reaching the ocean. Learn more »
Thinkific — which allows individuals to create, market, and sell online courses — announced that its Thinkific Payments platform has hit $100 million in payments processed to date. Learn more »
For 15 more stories and our daily coverage, become a Vancouver Tech Journal member »
💼 Vancouver tech jobs
Whether you're looking for a dream role or a dream employee, Vancouver Tech Jobs has you covered with a wide selection of local tech roles.
Boomi is hiring a Commercial Account Rep3 (Inside Sales) - Hybrid
Boomi is hiring a Sales Development Representative (BDR) - Hybrid
UrbanLogiq is hiring a Senior Software Engineer - Product Implementation
Ari is hiring a Lead Engineer
BrainStation is hiring an Educator, Cybersecurity
Check out who else is hiring on our Vancouver Tech Job Board »
Growing your team? Post a job with us »
Surrey is a hub for emerging marine and defence manufacturing organizations
Apollo Manufacturing, Fuel Cell Manufacturer, and Arktos are providing innovative solutions for national defence units, while Seamax Marine and Led Smart Inc. are leading the way in hovercraft materials and customized lighting.
Contact Invest Surrey for info »
💡 Ideas and insights
Ryan Wong, CEO of Visier, details how “productivity theater” is hurting your business, and how to make it stop.
Kenndal McArdle, principal at Pender Ventures, writing on his organization’s blog: Charting a course through market volatility
Bruce Qi, founder and principal of Launchpad, was interviewed by Kage Satz, CEO of Spacetwin: How to grow your business in a challenging economy.
Chris Neumann, partner at Panache Ventures, shares 10 books every founder should read.
Anthonia Ogundele, founder of Ethọ́s Lab, joined the Afternoon “T” podcast to discuss the origins of her organization, how we are (and should) be educating youth, and plenty more. Listen now »
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