Here's who won B.C. Tech's awards week

Welcome to the Sunday Briefing.

While the global tech industry environment seems a bit precarious right now, last week in B.C., the feeling was very much good vibes only. Because, well, welcome news just kept coming. There was the $2.3 million in funding announced by Innovate BC. It was followed by the New Ventures BC Competition winner announcements. They were chased by a slew of funding rounds, and then the week was capped off by the 29th annual Technology Impact Awards that saw East Side Games founder Josh Nilson recognized as Person of the Year. All week the positivity was palpable.

The question now is: Despite coming headwinds, can B.C. tech keep the good times rolling?

Anyway, here’s today briefing. It’s 911 words, a three-and-a-half minute read.

-William, @notionport

PS: See you soon?

- Tuesday, Oct 11, 8-10 a.m.: Vancouver Tech Morning Coffee

- Oct 20: #vtjtalks: Burnaby Tech Is Booming (speakers announced!)

- Oct 27: Blockchains Without Borders with Bryan Pellegrino, CEO of LayerZero Labs

Dapper Labs, GeoComply among the dozen Technology Impact Award winners for 2022

B.C.’s innovation ecosystem was celebrated across a range of categories, including technology adoption, resilience, and diversity and inclusion. Get the full story »

New Ventures BC 2022: Meet the winners of $250k in cash and prizes

Ovou has taken the first-place prize in the province’s annual business technology competition. Start reading »

Innovate BC invests $2.3M into projects spanning cleantech, mining, and forestry

The investments are the latest by the crown agency’s Ignite program, which has so far contributed nearly $11 million into 40-plus local R&D enterprises. Get the full story »

10 notes on InBC’s investment policy statement

More than two years after the B.C. government released details of InBC, its $500 million investment fund, it’s lifted the lid on the organization’s investment strategy, impact objectives, and policy statement. Here are ten things we found noteworthy »

Bill Tam stepping away from Digital Supercluster

Tam is a founder member of the organization and a fixture of B.C.’s tech community. Start reading »

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🤝 Funding and deals

  • With $5.5M in seed funding, Spexi moves its aerial imagery business to the blockchain. Start reading »

  • Ethọ́s Lab — a Black-led, nonprofit innovation academy for teens — and Vancouver’s Centre for Digital Media received a Higher Ed XR Innovation Grant from Unity to serve 300+ underrepresented youth and 190+ high school educators over five years. Continue »

  • TerraZero Technologies signed an LOI to go public on the TSX-V via a reverse takeover with Whatcom Capital Corp. Continue »

  • Clarius, a provider of HD wireless ultrasound systems — and previously noted as a top digital health startup — is partnering with Trice Medical on a platform to help orthopedic physicians with surgical procedures. Continue »

  • Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), one of the most prolific funders in Canadian cleantech, recently made investments in three B.C.-based startups. 10/5 Morning Report »

  • Canada Drives secures $10M to accelerate growth. 10/7 Morning Report »

🗞️ In other news

  • What the Council of Canadian Innovators is watching for in B.C. this fall. Continue »

  • B.C. biotech real estate competition is intensifying. Business in Vancouver »

  • Graeme Dymond, a Lego master, built a massive model of The Post: the new Amazon Vancouver headquarters. Vancouver is Awesome »

  • Vancouver startup GlüxKind has developed an artificially intelligent stroller that can drive itself. Axios »

  • Covalent CEO Ganesh Swami believes there’s an ‘unresolved backlog’ of unfilled Web3 data roles. Cointelegraph »

  • Meet Shawn Wilson, BuildDirect’s new CEO. 10/6 Morning Report »

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