👀 Why Softbank, Snap and Mitsubishi are coming to town

Meet them at the Frontier Summit.

Hey, it’s William. I hope you’re using this extra day to relax. I know I will be… mostly. I’ll be catching up on emails (probably from some of you) before watching a bunch of Netflix or TikTok videos later. Anyway, although the week ahead is short, it’s not short on things to do. Here are two key events I’ll be at:

Now, onto today’s briefing. It’s 953 words, a 3 & 1/2-minute read.

Frontier Summit to bring high-profile investors from Softbank and more to Vancouver

Applications are now open for companies in Web3, VR/AR, metaverse, AI and other cutting-edge industries to join the curated event. » Start reading.

F3 Ventures wants to welcome more women into the Web3 revolution

Following its first-ever “F3STIVAL” in Vancouver, the firm is now looking to invest in women-led Web3 startups. » Start reading.

Fable raises $8.4M to grow its eco-conscious tableware brand

The company has plans to expand its product line and retail footprint. » Get the full story.

Sarcomere Dynamics’ robotic hands are within touching distance

The Vancouver-based startup has built a prototype to replace “dull, dirty, and dangerous” work. » Start reading.

"We have to make a promise to our people that matches the promise they made to join us." — How (and why) to get a job at Clio

VP people Natalie Archibald on hybrid work, flexible paid time off, and organizational longevity. » Start reading.

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🤝 Funding and deals

  • The First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF) has invested $260,000 into four First Nations communities in B.C.’s northern and interior regions for clean-energy sector projects. » Continue.The same provincial fund has invested $250,000 into three other First Nations communities. » Continue.

  • Mobility & Innovation Production signed a deal with Loop Energy for additional fuel cell systems for its hydrogen-electric city bus platform. » Composites World.

  • Imagine AR Inc. signed a two-year partnership agreement with the NFL Baltimore Ravens to provide its augmented reality mobile platform for fan activation and engagement. » Continue.

  • Pocketpills is partnering with Rise People to bring its online pharmacy services across the country. » Continue.

  • Christie's auction house has launched an investment fund to support emerging companies and made its first investment will be in Vancouver’s LayerZero Labs. » Cointelegraph.

  • The province’s Indigenous Forest Bioeconomy Program has invested $2000,000 into Deadwood Innovations to assess, engineer, procure and build a pilot-scale manufacturing plant at the site of the former Tl’Oh Forest Products mill in Fort St. James. » Continue.

  • Vancouver’s Netskrt Systems is helping London North Eastern Railway (LNER) to execute a partnership trial with Edgecasting that will allow passengers in the UK to stream from ITV Hub without impacting a train’s Wi-Fi capacity. » Rail Advent.

  • Organic food brand Blume has closed CAD $2 million in an oversubscribed seed round. » BetaKit.

  • Vancouver’s Netskrt Systems is helping London North Eastern Railway (LNER) to execute a partnership trial with Edgecasting that will allow passengers in the UK to stream from ITV Hub without impacting a train’s Wi-Fi capacity. » Rail Advent.

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