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🏙️ Your ticket to the Olympics of Tech
Large-scale events are the talk of the week in the city. This is your Sunday Briefing.
Large-scale events are the talk of the week in the city. As well as Tuesday’s announcement of Innovate West conference and expo that organizers say will fill the gap left by the now-defunct BC Tech Summit, there’s rumblings that Collision conference — a 40,000-attendee event currently held in Toronto — could be a good fit for Vancouver.
At this year’s Collision, dubbed the “Olympics of tech”, there’s slated to be a strong Vancouver presence in the 6ix. For those looking to check out the conference ahead of its potential move, the Frontier Collective is rallying a delegation that will include a number of new and established companies, as well as local Mayor Ken Sim and representation from the provincial government. The organization has a select number of conference passes for local startups to go to the event. Applications are open until June 7. See you there?
Now onto today’s briefing. It’s 1,103 words: a four-minute read.
P.S. This week our team is all over town for Vancouver Startup Week, and we’re hosting a special Tuesday Morning Tech Coffee. Catch us and your tech community on June 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Switchboard’s offices (Suite 800, 1040 West Georgia Street)!
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New Ventures BC announces competitors advancing to the next rounds
The vast majority of outfits selected for its rounds three and 2.5 hail from the Metro Vancouver area.
VRIFY raises $6 million Series A
RCF Jolimont Innovation and Beedie Capital co-led the mining tech company’s first raise, with participation from Tiny.
Innovate West conference announced amid buzz over large-scale events
Vancouver’s voluntary carbon market innovators
Dive into the emergent $50 billion industry of carbon credits, offsets, removal, avoidance, measurement, monitoring, and evaluation.
Vancouver’s tech industry is key to Canada’s relationship with Indo-Pacific
Both provincial and federal governments highlight opportunities for local businesses to embark on diverse trade with the region.
Where we’ll be: Vancouver Startup Week
Check out our four VTJ-presented events, plus one bonus evening.
Helping innovators and changemakers tell their stories
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🤝 Funding and deals
Human In Motion Robotics, which specializes in advanced human-centric wearable robotic technologies, closed its Series A round of over $10 million.
BBTV, a global media and technology company, announced it has signed a content management deal with a top-five global film studio.
CareSpan Health announced a Memorandum of Understanding with ChopraX to develop and launch a global telehealth platform focused on preventive health, longevity, mental health, management of diabetes, and other lifestyle diseases.
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Using Easly Advances, VodaSafe turned its accrued SR&ED tax credits into non-dilutive cash, enabling it to pivot and emerge from the pandemic with international expansion in its sights.
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🗞️ In other news
Innovate BC named six new members to its board of directors.
Digital (formerly the Digital Technology Supercluster) has opened a call for proposals to invest in those solving industry challenges and social issues that impact all Canadians.
The shortlist for The Misties Awards’ Top 20 Individual Leaders in Intelligent and Connected Devices has been revealed.
Hydreight Technologies, an on-demand home healthcare and wellness platform, achieved $1.4 million in monthly top-line revenue in March 2023, which represents a 201% increase from the prior year.
Infinitii AI — a predictive analytics software for smart city water and smart industry infrastructure — reported its Q3 for 2023, including a 33% revenue increase and 13% expenses decrease.
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Invest Vancouver celebrates Clean Transportation Month!
Invest Vancouver, the Metro Vancouver region’s economic development leadership service, invites you to celebrate the region’s clean transportation industry in June 2023. They’re marking the month by spotlighting local innovations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reimagining the regional transportation experience, and engaging with policy and business leaders worldwide.
💼 Take your career to the next level
Whether you're looking for a dream role or a dream employee, Vancouver Tech Jobs has you covered with a wide selection of local tech roles.
Montra Interactive Inc. is hiring a Backend Developer
The BC Public Service is hiring for multiple roles
Boomi is hiring to fill two jobs
UrbanLogiq is hiring a Senior Software Engineer - Product Implementation
Ari is hiring a Lead Engineer
SALUS is hiring a Corporate Controller
Check out who else is hiring on our Vancouver Tech Job Board.
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💡 Ideas and insights
Traction podcast featured Silicon Valley leader Keith Rabois, CEO of OpenStore and General Partner at venture capital firm Founders Fund, in a discussion about building hyper-growth companies and disrupting industries.
Traction podcast also interviewed prominent VC and former tech executive Andy Johns talking about the dark side of success, burnout, and mental health in Silicon Valley.
Tanis Jorge, co-founder of Trulioo and founder of the Founders Hub, chats with Samantha Riley and Melanie Benson about what happens behind the scenes to sustain successful business partnerships.
Chad Badry, senior director of business development at Svante, chats about carbon capture technology and the company’s collaboration with Australia’s Pilot Energy Limited on The Unicorns podcast.