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Construction tech company Nexii reached unicorn status in a record 31 months.

Good morning! Tomorrow, September 13 at 12:00pm PST, we’re co-hosting a Twitter Spaces event with the Council of Canadian Innovators where we’ll explore urgent questions on innovation policy ahead of the federal election.

In this week’s email, I’m excited to highlight BC’s 10th billion-dollar business in 10 months, the Metro Vancouver CEO that we should put on a world-domination watch list, and 31 other stories.

Today’s Briefing is 1,281 words, a 4-minute read. Enjoy!


Green construction tech company Nexii Building Solutions Inc. recently closed its sixth funding round led by Honeywell, a USD$45 million infusion of capital.

The investment round, which also included Trane Technologies and other strategic partners, values the 31-month-old company at CAD$1.55 billion. Nexii’s total equity raised is over USD$109M (CAD$125M).

It’s the latest in a growing number of BC-based businesses to become a unicorn, the term applied to private companies valued at $1 billion or more. It follows firms like Blockstream, Visier, Trulioo, Clio and Dapper Labs to pass the billion-dollar mark in 2021. ➝ Get the full story.

It's only September and 2021 for Clio’s Jack Newton has included the achievement of a $2 billion valuation for his company, a doubled headcount, two acquisitions and multiple investments.

Our reporter James Matthews caught up with the unicorn CEO to discuss his monster year. ➝ Get the full story.

We spoke to Ingrid T. Polini, the Victoria-based entrepreneur and the sole BC-based founder selected for the Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders program.

After growing up and growing a company in Brazil’s most populous city, Polini, CEO of SafetyDocs Global, has found a new home—both personally and professionally—in BC. ➝ Get the full story.

⏩ Quick takes.

🤝 Funding and deals.

BC-based Traction on Demand (ToD) has acquired New Zealand-based Salesforce implementation partner Trineo.

The acquisition creates a category giant, with two leading Salesforce consulting partners complementing each other's geography and expertise. In addition, the acquisition will allow ToD to expand its “follow-the-sun” approach, enabling client services availability around the clock, in North America, Australia, New Zealand and India. ➝ Get the full story.

Saanichton, BC-based Redlen Technologies has been acquired by Canon.

Canon had already purchased 15% of Redlen for approximately $83 million. Canon purchased the final 85% for $341 million. The total acquisition cost is $424 million. Founded in 1999, Redlen develops sensors that are driving innovations in computed tomography cameras (CT scanners), improving diagnostic capabilities and reducing the amount of radiation a patient is exposed to. ➝ Get the full story.

Vancouver’s TIMIA Capital Corporation has agreed to acquire the business of Pivot Financial, a private lender for small- and medium-sized businesses for $6 million in cash and shares.

The combined company’s pro forma assets surpass $100 million, according to a statement from TIMIA. ➝ Get the full story.

  • Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation (HTEC) has secured a CAD$217 million investment from Chart Industries, Inc. and I Squared Capital.

  • Radicle Group Inc. has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from TELUS Ventures and other investors as part of its debenture financing round.

  • Galvanizeacquired by Diligent for $1Bannounced that Telus has chosen Galvanize’s HighBond platform to help strengthen governance, risk and compliance capabilities across the business.

  • Victoria’s Plurilock Security Inc., a cybersecurity solutions provider for workforces, has received a USD$250,000 purchase order from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) as part of NASA’s Solution for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) program.

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💡 Ideas and insights.

👩‍💼 People going places.

  • Tribe Property Technologies appointed Dan Feeny to the newly-created role of chief technology officer.

  • Ritchie Bros. has promoted Jim Kessler to role of president.

  • Insurtech firm APOLLO promoted Lana McGarry to the position of chief people and culture officer.

  • Laurie Schultz, who led Galvanize to a $1B exitjoined the board of UserZoom, an experience insights management firm.

  • Carl Data Solutions Inc. has added David Daniels as vice president of environmental monitoring as a service (EMaaS) sales.

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