Sim City: What the new mayor means for Vancouver tech
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Now onto today’s briefing. It’s 1,113 words, a 4-minute read.
Ken Sim is the city’s next mayor. Here’s what he promised Vancouver tech
Last week, we asked the mayoral frontrunners what their plans are for the local tech sector, if elected. Ken Sim is now the mayor-elect. Revisit what this means for the city’s innovators. Start reading »
Unilogik Systems welcomes staff to Granville Island
The IT solutions company has opened a new office at the neighbourhood’s entrance, thanks to growth during the pandemic. Start reading »
Vancouver passengers can get through airport security faster using YVR’s new app
Vancouver International Airport’s new digital service, YVR Express, helps travellers book an appointment to go through security. Start reading »
"You can grow your ideas here." — How (and why) to get a job at GeoComply
CEO, chairman, and co-founder Anna Sainsbury shares her company’s origin story, touts GeoComply’s new office space, and highlights the impact of her team’s work. Start reading »
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🤝 Funding and deals
Six summer seed rounds you overlooked. 10/14 Members-only Morning Report »
BCIT and Cisco Canada have partnered on the Industrial Network Cybersecurity (INC) Lab to address the global demand for cybersecurity talent. Continue »
Well Health, the healthtech consolidator firm, is acquiring three primary healthcare clinics in the Metro Vancouver region from CloudMD, as well as electronic medical records. The Deep Dive »
Quandri, a startup developing digital workers for insurance agencies, raised CAD $2 million from Aviso Ventures, Good News Ventures, and N49P Ventures. BetaKit »
Jasper Commerce, which provides product information management solutions, plans to acquire Cartika Internet Solutions: an IT infrastructure. Continue »
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🗞️ In other news
🎟️ Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum and The Frontier Collective are hosting a panel and networking event — The Metaverse: What’s the Hype? — on Monday, moderated by Vancouver Tech Journal’s Kate Wilson. Save 25% with our exclusive discount code: VTJ1022 Register now »
Easly, a tax credit and grant financing platform, surpassed $100 million in capital deployed after just three years of operations in Canada. Out of Easly’s total money financed to date, 43 percent went to B.C. companies, which made B.C. the top-funded province ahead of Ontario. Continue »
Low Tide Properties plans a new Vancouver life sciences building, Lab 29, to be located near the new St. Paul’s Hospital campus. Renx.ca »
Indigenous scientist Dustin King’s new lab seeks natural carbon capture solutions. SFU »
Damon Motors, an EV motorbike company, said its order book has exceeded $90 million to date globally, with the potential of exceeding $250 million through international partnerships. Motorcycle.com »
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Calling all Canadian entrepreneurs!
Do you have what it takes to be named one of Canada’s Most Innovative Startups? If so, Boast invites you to apply for its pitch competition for a chance to win over $100,000 worth of prizes, and exposure to top investors and top-tier media from Boast AI, Boast Claims, Switchboard, and VanHack!
Who should apply?
Founders working on innovative solutions that have received no more than $3M in equity funding (grants are fine)
Have a strong team of at least 4 members, a working MVP and/or early traction
Be a legally registered entity in Canada established no more than five years ago
The top five startups will be invited to attend a pitch clinic and will be pitching (virtually) live on November 23. The pitch application deadline is approaching fast, so hurry and get your application in. The deadline is Thursday, November 10 at 11:59 p.m. PT. For more pitch competition details and to apply: CLICK HERE
💡 Ideas and insights
A conversation with Canadian Web3 Council’s Morva Rohani in d3crypto: Advocating for safe, secure, and efficient Web3 access points
Chris Neumann, general partner at Panache Ventures, writing on his personal blog: How you can improve your chance of an introduction
Shafin Tejani, CEO of Victory Square Technologies, writing in Forbes: Looking to invest in the next big thing? Ask your kids for advice.
Karn Manhas, CEO of Terramera, writing in Entrepreneur: Storms and floods are on the rise. But there's a solution under our feet.
Dan Burgar and Kassandra Linklater, heads of Frontier Collective, writing in Daily Hive: Vancouver's elected officials need to help grow the tech industry
Colin Sharp, a copywriter at Invoke, writing in What Comes Next: Product validation: why you need to double-check your instinct
Michael Gilbert, CEO of Semios, writing in Newsweek: The missing ingredient in agtech: boots on the ground