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🏙️ Seed rounds all round
Find out who's in the money, plus how Vancouver funding has fared so far in 2023. This is your Sunday Briefing.
It’s official!! We’re bringing the one and only Jason Fried to Vancouver next month, for a conversation you won’t want to miss. Even better — you’re invited.
In case you didn’t already know, Fried is the co-founder and CEO of 37signals, the creators of project management software Basecamp and email platform HEY. He also co-wrote the New York Times bestselling book Rework, and a decade before COVID, he pioneered the idea that four-day workweeks could actually drive productivity.
Join us on September 21 as we welcome Fried and special guests at the Vogue Theatre for an in-depth discussion of technology, the big ideas changing business, and what it all means for you and the future of entrepreneurship.
Oh, and a heads up. Last time we brought big-name speakers to the Vogue, we sold out — so it’s worth getting your tickets now.
Now onto today’s briefing, which covers everything from the state of Vancouver’s VC funding in the first half of 2023 to two local companies that are up $2 million. It’s 1,102 words: a four-minute read.
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The two-year-old startup wants to service a quarter of the $430 billion global beauty market.
Spoiler: it’s likely better than you’re expecting, given this year’s lackluster Q1.
The Vancouver-based startup will trial its air purification tech in a trio of cities in the province.
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🤝 Funding and deals
Generative AI Solutions Corp (GenAI), which focuses on developing a vertically integrated AI solutions business, will acquire certain intellectual property assets of Vancouver-based Metachain Technologies.
Version One Ventures, a leading local early-stage venture firm, announced its investment in Dinari, a decentralized stock trading platform.
Agtech business CubicFarms’ livestock feed subsidiary company, HydroGreen, has signed a memorandum of terms with Bar None Dairy.
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🎁 Featured VTJ Membership Perk
This week: The Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum
The Vancouver Entrepreneurs Forum (VEF) is an online and offline platform for entrepreneurs within the technology space.
Vancouver Tech Journal members receive 10% off VEF monthly events, plus access to a limited number of free VEF event tickets.
🗞️ In other news
VC firm Nimbus Synergies has partnered with Spring Activator to introduce the Health Impact Investor Challenge, an eight-week program that provides investors with an opportunity to take part in a pooled investment of approximately $100,000.
EcoToken unveiled its new beta platform, which simplifies access to and retirement of carbon credits across blockchains.
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💼 Take your career to the next level
There are hundreds of Vancouver tech businesses searching for talent, including Reusables.com, Taking Root, Rhino Ventures, Montra Interactive, LexSelect, SunTracker Technology, The Coaches Site, and Ari.
Check out who else is hiring on our Vancouver Tech Job Board »
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💡 Ideas and insights
VTJ contributor Erin Gee interviewed Cleve Mesidor, executive director of The Blockchain Foundation and former staffer in the Obama Administration, about crypto regulation, financial literacy, and diverse perspectives on her podcast Alt-Text.
Traction podcast interviewed Jason Lemkin, founder of SaaStr, about how he built the world’s largest community for business software.
Chris Hobbs, co-founder and president of TTT Studios, writes on LinkedIn about how researchers at the University of Edinburgh have leveraged machine learning to discover new anti-ageing medicines.
Terence Sawtell, founder and strategy director at Goat, writes on his organization’s blog: 7 Guiding Principals to Citizen Centric City Websites and Digital Experiences.
Greg Smith, co-founder and CEO of Thinkific, speaks on BNN Bloomberg: We’ve set ourselves up for profitability with the changes we’ve made.
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