North Vancouver will be the first to do this

Harness bitcoin mining to heat their city, that is. Plus, Susan Sarandon meets BC tech and 28 other stories. Welcome, to the Sunday Briefing.

Good morning everyone. You’re invited to join me and the CEOs of Snack and Railz.ai live and in-person on October 20th from 6:00pm-9:00pm. What’s the occasion? TechVancouver monthly meetups are back. Register here to join us and check out our recent events round-up for other upcoming activities you should check out.

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The Week’s Top Stories

Burnaby's MintGreen to make North Vancouver world’s first city heated by bitcoin.

As part of an effort to reduce its urban carbon footprint, the City of North Vancouver and Lonsdale Energy Corporation (LEC), its district energy utility, will be introducing a novel heat source to their district energy system. MintGreen, a Burnaby-based cleantech cryptocurrency miner, will be working with LEC to provide heat to North Vancouver from bitcoin mining.

Bitcoin mining facilities produce significant amounts of heat, which until recently, would have been considered an undesirable output. To combat this, miners have gone so far as to invest in venting and cooling infrastructure to remove this heat. MintGreen, however, has built a proprietary solution to capture this heat and sell it to buyers. » Get the full story.


Susan Sarandon collectible launches local NFT platform.

We chatted with Reid Robinson, the co-founder of Vancouver-based cocoNFT, on the auction for the Hollywood star's first-ever non-fungible token (NFT) and his company's place within the creator economy. » Start reading.


Vancouver Esports doesn’t play around.

At Pinnacle 2021, Canada’s first post-pandemic in-person Esports event, our reporter James Matthews witnessed the strength of an ecosystem he had only heard of. » Starting reading.


⏩ Quick takes.


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🤝 Funding and deals.

  • Victoria’s Pani, which develops software that helps water treatment facilities optimize operations, closed $8 million in funding co-led by Blue Bear Capital and Blue Coast Partners. » Read our story.

  • Alida said it closed a $20 million Series D funding round by Round13 Growth Fund, a late-stage growth equity investment fund. » Keep reading.

  • ICYMI: Omnisearch has secured $562,000 (USD$450,000) from GoAhead Ventures, an early-stage venture fund in Menlo Park, California. » Learn more.

  • Deloitte Canada acquired Ouest Business Solutions, a Vancouver-based SAP consulting firm, to support its SAP consultancy business, reports Josh Scott in BetaKit.

  • The Province of BC is contributing $2 million from the Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund to support the engineering and design of a first-of-its-kind plant in Merritt to capture carbon dioxide and convert it to clean fuels. » Read more.

  • Dapper Labs and Kevin Durant’s Thirty Five Ventures announced a multi-year partnership that will feature co-branded activations across the Boardroom media network. » Get the details.

  • Alpha Esports Tech signed an agreement to acquire 100% of Heavy Chips Casino and Sports Betting from Gamesoft Ltd. » Details.

  • GameOn Entertainment Technologies announced a partnership that will see Chibi Dinos utilizing GameOn’s NFT Prediction Game product to give their 10,000 digital dinos utility in gaming. » Read more.

  • NiceJob, a Vancouver reputation marketing firm that was growing revenue 150% year-over-year, has been acquired by London, ON’s Paystone. » More.


🗞️ In other news…


💡 Ideas and insights.


🌐 More BC tech headlines from around the web.


📅 See you soon at these events.

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