🏙️ 'Maybe even a unicorn?'
A look over our shoulder at burgeoning tech ecosystems in Calgary and Victoria.
As we kick off 2023, we’re not just revisiting some of the top tech news in Vancouver; we’re also tipping our cap to the growing communities that border both sides of our city. There’s a $5 billion innovation economy in Victoria, as well as a booming tech industry east of the Rockies in Calgary. Speaking of which, you’re invited to connect in person with some of the people driving that growth. Join us on January 18 in downtown Vancouver at The Home Key for drinks, bites and business insights as part of Calgary's tech scene: Competition or complementary. Are you investing, job hunting, hiring, expanding, or just curious and want to grab a beer and catchup? This event is for you.
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‘Maybe even a unicorn?’ 13 predictions for Victoria tech in 2023
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Supporting healthcare providers through Ginger Desk
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ICYMI: 2022 recap: top funding news of the year
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🤝 Funding and deals
Pender Ventures announced an investment in Traction Rec, a leading recreation management software solution. Learn more »
Local Web3 outfit cocoNFT was acquired by Metaverse Group. Learn more »
TELUS International completed its USD $1.225 billion acquisition of WillowTree, a U.S. full-service digital product provider. Learn more »
China’s NetEase buys B.C. gaming studio SkyBox Labs. CNBC »
🗞️ In other news
Variational AI, a drug discovery startup, announced the filing of two patents for potential COVID-19 drugs, created by the company’s generative AI technology. Variational.AI »
Dr. Allen Eaves, president and CEO of Stemcell Technologies, was appointed to the Order of Canada. Stemcell »
Impro.AI, a coaching and consulting platform, was selected among The Elite 200 of semifinalists for the 2023 GSV Cup, the world’s largest edtech pitch competition for early-stage ventures. Impro.AI »
Sustained Therapeutics, a biotech venture developing pain management solutions, received regulatory approval to begin the second Phase II trial of its non-opioid pain medication. Sustained Therapeutics »
💼 Take your career to the next level
There are hundreds of other Vancouver tech businesses searching for talent, including Hop, Pixieset, Wecasa, Dapper Labs, and Thinkific.
Check out who else is hiring on our Vancouver Tech Job Board »
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☕ Connect over coffee
January 10: Vancouver Tech Morning Coffee at BrainStation (waitlist)
💡 Ideas and insights
Kathleen Reid, founder of Switchboard PR, writing in Vancouver Tech Journal: How the accomplishments and lessons of 2022 will shape B.C. tech in 2023
Ali Adab, chief content officer at SoleSavy, speaks to Marketing News Canada about the value of creators, web3, and democratizing sneaker resales. Listen »
Ryan Wong, CEO of Visier, unpacks three workplace controversies that will persist into 2023. Fast Company »
Hamed Arbabi, CEO and founder of VoPay, writing in Forbes: Achieving equality through financial inclusion
Chris Neumann, general partner at Panache Ventures, writing on his personal blog: The 7 deadly sins of fundraising
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