🏙️ More layoffs, but more investment
Plus, learn about your opportunity to showcase your tech at SXSW festival in Austin.
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Meet the Vancouver delegation taking frontier tech to the U.S.
Vancouver Day at Austin’s SXSW festival will showcase local innovation to international leaders. Start reading »
Form lays off 18 as Vancouver tech cuts continue
Economic headwinds continue to buffer the local ecosystem. Start reading »
Vancouver dips its toes into the Web3 gaming scene
Some industry players are excited about Vancouver’s potential in Web3 gaming; others say the market is over-hyped. Start reading »
B.C. First Nations fight for clean energy technology
The First Nations Energy Summit, hosted by Clean Energy BC, explored what it will take to get the province to build clean energy, faster. Start reading »
Watchlist: Vancouver’s hottest companies in 2023
Discover the eight businesses we expect to take off this year, including Ideon, Pocketed, HTEC, and more. Members only. Get started »
(More) Vancouver investors for Vancouver companies
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🤝 Funding and deals
Evok Innovations, a Vancouver-based venture capital firm, received USD $10 million in investment from the Alberta Enterprise Corporation for its Evok Innovation Fund II. Read in Calgary Tech Journal »
Montfort Capital reported that its assets under management and administration (AUMA) have grown to $492 million as of December 31, 2022, up from $149 million in 2021. Learn more »
Jobber, a Version One Ventures portfolio company, raised a $100 million Series D. Learn more »
Lithium Americas will receive an $868 million equity investment from General Motors to develop lithium production for up to one million EVs per year. Learn more »
Xbox, ESPORTSU, and Paidia Gaming announced three gaming events designed to spotlight collegiate women gamers, concluding at the Collegiate Esports Commissioner's Cup (CECC) Texas this May. Learn more »
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🗞️ In other news
YVR will commercialize it’s digital twin technology, developed in-house by the Vancouver Airport Authority. Learn more »
Hatch Venture Builder, an initiative between entrepreneurship@UBC and the Institute for Computing, Information, and Cognitive Systems, announced the six new ventures joining them this winter. UBC »
Miranda Lievers, the co-founder of Thinkific, is departing from her role as COO. LinkedIn »
Klue announced the third season of its Competitive Enablement Show podcast. Learn more »
Quantotech, which supplies energy-efficient and environment-friendly LED lights and lighting services, was mentioned in a Globe and Mail article on food production. Learn more »
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💡 Ideas and insights
Kathleen Reid, founder of Switchboard PR, writing in Vancouver Tech Journal: Why substance is eclipsing style in B.C.’s tech jobs market
Wal Van Lierop, executive chairman at Chrysalix Veture Capital, writing in Forbes about interest rates: Mr. Powell, drop the sledgehammer and start innovating
Roger Patterson, president and co-founder of Later, shares how AI will transform the creator economy. Observer »
Gurjot Dhanda, research analyst at Covalent, writing on his company’s blog: How Nike won with NFTs
VANTEC angel network published a YouTube video of its panel discussion on data-driven tech: Why data is driving the hottest areas of tech growth and investment
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