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🏙️ Local tech awards season begins: who won big?
Plus, find out which local company closed a $16 million Series A raise, and which businesses are sharing $7 million from the government.
It didn’t rain for at least four days this week, the cherry blossoms are in bloom, and my Instagram is full of people snapping after-work sunsets from Mount Seymour. Which, by my count, means that it’s finally spring — and with it, the start of the Vancouver tech awards season.
This week saw the galas for the Vancouver UX Awards — which celebrates the best in user-experience design — and the 2023 B.C. Cleantech Awards, an event that recognizes locals and their companies making a significant impact on the move towards a net-zero future. Taking home the top prize at the former was Anishinaabe interaction designer Nodin Cutfeet, while winners at the latter included Moment Energy, Svante, and the BC Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy.
Applications are still open for some of the staples on the B.C. calendar, including the New Ventures BC competition and the Technology Impact Awards. Here’s your opportunity, Vancouver Tech Journal community members, to throw your hat into the ring.
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pH7 Technologies raises $16M Series A co-led by Pangaea Ventures
The cleantech startup credits local organizations Innovate BC, IRAP, Simon Fraser University, and Creative Destruction Lab as contributing to its success. Start reading »
Vancouver Startup Week is back in a big way
We sat down with co-chairs Vivian Lago and Katty Wang as they share their backstory with the organization, bond over a mutual love of hugs, and look forward to the week’s events. Start reading »
Startups set to compete for $250,000 in cash and prizes in the New Ventures BC Competition
200+ competitors, six months, four rounds of competition, and one grand prize winner. Start reading »
Inflation is putting pressure on Metro Vancouver businesses
The Canadian Survey of Business Conditions suggests owners and founders are anticipating a sharp rise in costs. Start reading »
Cheatsheet: B.C.’s hydrogen production pathways
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🤝 Funding and deals
Projects from Axine Water, Terramera, Ecoation Innovation, and Miro Smart Technologies are among those that received a total of $7 million from the Province’s Innovative Clean Energy Fund. Learn more »
TerraZero has partnered with Seed Group to accelerate the adoption of the metaverse in the Middle East and North Africa. Learn more »
Covalent continued its focus on scaling its Ethereum offerings through a partnership with ConsenSys’ Linea. Learn more »
Gandeeva Therapeutics, a precision medicine company, has initiated a research collaboration with Moderna to explore applications of Gandeeva’s cryogenic electron microscopy platform for an undisclosed Moderna target. Learn more »
NexOptic, an imaging AI company, has signed a memorandum of understanding with IntroMedic to improve capsule endoscopy technology and medical imaging analysis. Learn more »
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🗞️ In other news
Metro Vancouver-based startups ATD Manure Systems, Bioboost Synbio Consulting, Build Smartr, Ceco AI, Plantee Bioplastics, TreeCycle Canada, Vibracon Canada, and Viridis Research were announced as part of Foresight Canada’s Winter 2023 Deliver accelerator cohort. Learn more »
BC Tech Association is now accepting applications for its Indigenous-led tech company accelerator. Read more »
Ali Ardakani, chair of Life Sciences BC, has created a massive graphic of the province’s biotech companies. Check it out »
Vincenzo Pecunia, a professor at Simon Fraser University, is working with over 100 scientists to document ways to improve a product that can convert energy into clean power. Learn more »
Form’s swim goggles were featured as the best non-wrist-wearable fitness tracker for swimming. Learn more »
Rainstick, the Kelowna-based smart shower system, featured amongst four products that are helping to fight climate change. Learn more »
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💡 Ideas and insights
Chris Neumann, partner at Panache Ventures, writes about why American VCs ask Canadian founders where their startup is incorporated. Why Silicon Valley VCs want you to be a Delaware C-Corp »
Alex Conconi, co-founder and chairman of Wecasa, talks to Sanctuary AI co-founder Geordie Rose about the rapid growth of ChatGPT and Large Language Models: Is ChatGPT thinking? How do humans think?
Raghwa Gopal, president and CEO of Innovate BC, shares the local tech stories that got his attention this month. March 2023: Local Tech Stories That Caught My Eye »
Sam Gharegozlou, co-founder of Dapper Labs, joined the Afternoon T podcast to share his founder story, explore keys to community-building, and dive into Dapper’s raises. Listen now »
Mike Wood, CEO and co-founder at MintList, shares how the company continues to help consumers buy and sell cars despite the turbulence of the market. Why online used-car retailers are losing ground and laying off »
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