$46M for Indigenous businesses

Raven Fund II highlights a big week in Vancouver's tech community. Welcome to the Sunday Briefing.

When I was a co-op student at Innovate BC, you could have told me the Technology Impact Awards were on par with The Emmys. It took me a few years, but when I attended my first TIAs last year, I got what all the fuss was about. Now you can share in that feeling, courtesy of the BC Tech Association, by entering our contest to win a pair of tickets:

Speaking of the TIAs, this week’s briefing includes the finalists for Company of the Year - Startup. Read on too for an anchor company that’s dropping its anchor in Mount Pleasant, and the latest fund for North America’s only Indigenous-led and owned venture capital intermediary.

Let’s get into it. I’ve got 1,197 words for you today, a 4 minute read.

-James, @jimmermatthews

PS: Our Tech Industry Drinks Social in partnership with The High Tech Facility Group at CBRE will be on Friday, September 23 this month. See you there!

Raven Indigenous Capital Partners launches $46M Fund II

The fund aims to drive economic inclusion and prosperity among Indigenous Peoples in Canada, and has a target size of $75M. Start reading »

AbCellera breaks ground on Phase II of Vancouver HQ

The biotech juggernaut is all in on Mount Pleasant. Start reading »

Meet the quartet gunning for Startup of the Year

Carbin Minerals, Daanaa, MintList, and VodaSafe advanced to the Technology Impact Awards Gala after BC Tech’s Dragons' Den style pitch competition. Start reading »

Inside the B.C. agritech link up saving the province’s blueberry crop

A mystery illness is running through one of the province’s key agricultural drivers. Genome BC, the BC Blueberry Council, and SFU are teaming up to get to the bottom of it. Start reading »

Ideon Technologies closes $16M Series A round

The company uses energy from supernova explosions to probe mining deposits on Earth. Start reading »

With a $2.5M seed raise, Cognitive3D plans to double its headcount

It’s one startup among many in Vancouver’s rich cluster of virtual, mixed, and augmented reality firms. Start reading »

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🤝 Funding and deals

  • Goldsky, a data infrastructure platform for crypto, which has half its team in Vancouver, raised $20 million. BetaKit »

  • The Government of B.C. is investing $2 million into the third intake of the Mass Timber Demonstration Program (MTDP) with the goal of reducing the province’s carbon footprint and adding value to the forestry sector. Continue »

  • For more news like this, check out our weekly Money briefing: Doodles, Daily Hive, Ballard Power Systems, and more.

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🗞️ In other news

  • The Black Women Business Network is hosting conversations with the community to share its research on how Black women can be better represented across the tech industry. Registration for its storytelling evening is now open. Continue »

  • Simon Fraser University student Michelle De la O recently launched health tech start-up IUVOX which develops smart air disinfection devices for dental offices. Continue »

  • BC Hydro emphasizes EV charger accessibility with new designs and retrofits on existing stations. Electric Autonomy Canada »

  • Foresight is launching the second annual Foresight 50 list — recognizing Canada's most investable cleantech ventures that are moving the needle towards net zero. Nominate a company or your own by September 23 »

  • The four founders of battery tech startup Moment Energy received the Excellent Alumni Award 2022 from SFU Mechatronics. Continue »

  • CMPC, the biggest worldwide pulp and paper company with 47 industrial plants across eight countries, is seeking innovative solutions to recover fibers from the wastewater sludges produced during their manufacturing process. Learn more »

  • ‘Pent-up demand’ of pandemic pushes B.C. film sector to expand by $1.4 billion. Business in Vancouver »

  • East Side Games Group released Star Trek: Lower Decks — The Badgey Directive, a mobile game available on iOS and Android. Continue »

  • Thinkific tapped current board member Steve Krenzer to be its new president for an 18-month term. Continue »

  • The tumultuous journey of former Vancouverite and Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao was chronicled. Macleans »

Celebrate International NFT Day with NFT creator Dete Shirley and Vancouver Tech Journal

NFTs are the future of digital ownership, and September 20 is officially recognized as International NFT Day.

Join Vancouver Tech Journal and Dapper Labs to celebrate in person on Tuesday, September 20 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. This free meetup will feature complimentary refreshments and a fireside chat with Shirley, Dapper’s CTO, who published the protocol and name for NFTs back in 2017. Register to attend »

To learn more about International NFT Day, visit InternationalNFTDay.org.

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