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Plus, is Microsoft bringing its top AI workers from China to our city? This is your Sunday Briefing.
Why is it that it’s always sunny during the week, and when the weekend comes, so does the rain? Anyway. We’ve got a whole load of stories this week to brighten your Sunday, including Vancouver’s placement in the famous startup genome report rankings, a hot take on capitalism’s role in agtech, and a discussion of Microsoft’s alleged “Vancouver plan” to move top AI workers from China to our city.
Oh, and in case you were wondering — last week we ran a poll asking you what you thought about Mayor Ken Sim’s commitment to hire a Chief AI Officer for the City of Vancouver. For the record, nearly half of you think it’s a great plan, a third were undecided, and just under a quarter think that a city is a bad place to test out AI. I, for one, welcome our robot overlords (if only to remind them that when they take over the world, I was on their side).
Now onto today’s briefing. It’s 1,163 words: a four-minute read.
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We dove into Startup Genome’s 2023 Global Startup Ecosystem report.
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Lucent Biosciences tackles the triple bottom line in an effort to innovate for farmers, transition towards sustainability, and bring value to investors.
The global competition for the Top 20 Individual Leaders in Intelligent and Connected Devices sees familiar tech execs make the list of finalists.
Among the lead investors is local blockchain behemoth Dapper Labs.
Omar Abu Sharar created a mental health app, Mentality, to help teach about anxiety, depression, and stress.
This Ain't Your Traditional Law Firm
Goodlawyer isn't a law firm (in all the best ways). With cutting-edge technology, they've changed the game and made it easier to get the legal expertise you need by:
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🤝 Funding and deals
The BC Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE) announced $5.2M in non-dilutive funding to speed up the commercial development and global scaling of nine clean energy innovations.
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Moving Forward: Endless Clean Transportation Opportunities
Celebrate Clean Transportation Month: Get an insider's look into the world of cleantech in Metro Vancouver through the lens of Jessica Verhagen, CEO at Hyrda Energy, with Invest Vancouver’s latest Metro Vancouver Visionaries video. See Metro Vancouver’s thriving innovation landscape through the eyes of one of our region’s leaders.
🗞️ In other news
iQmetrix has been named one of North America’s top 50 employers in the Inspiring Workplaces awards.
Visier launched its AI assistant, Vee: a generative AI tool that enables leaders across a business to ask questions in natural, conversational language.
Have you ever wondered which celebrities would be cast in roles depicting B.C. entrepreneurs?
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TKS is the world’s top innovation program for students ages 13-17. The program is designed to make students future-ready with the tools and mindsets needed to solve important problems in the world.
At TKS, students:
Gain real-world work experience with organizations like Google and the UN
Be future-ready with a good understanding of emerging technologies like AI and nanotech
Develop a portfolio of projects for university and internship applications
Learn the mindsets, confidence, and problem-solving abilities needed to lead
Be mentored by professionals from Apple, Stanford, Uber, and more
💡 Ideas and insights
Mehrsa Raeiszadeh, co-founder and COO of Mintlist, joined Boast’s What the Tech? podcast to chat SR&ED applications, working with Boast, and plenty more.
Sarah Huggins, co-founder of Hiive, writing on LinkedIn: In-person work beats remote work. This is my hill.
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