🏙️ Has the crypto winter thawed in Vancouver?

A blockchain company in the city hit $3B, a local firm is at the centre of a merger to create Canada's largest regulated crypto platform, and more. This is your Sunday Briefing.

Remember crypto? After the dumpster fire that saw FTX go up in flames last November, the digital currency and blockchain community has understandably been quiet. This week, however, there’s been landmark good news for the sector — and for local companies in particular.

I’ve been thinking about theming our Sunday newsletter around different industry sectors. By coincidence, the thawing of the crypto winter this week has provided nearly every major headline in Vancouver tech. Read on to discover which Vancouver blockchain company is now worth three billion dollars, which local firm is at the centre of a merger to create Canada’s largest regulated crypto platform, and the outcomes from a major event for women in Web3.

Oh — and if you’d like me to put together non-accidentally themed newsletters in the future, drop me a line to let me know what you’d be interested in! My inbox is always open at [email protected].

Now onto today’s briefing. It’s 1,145 words: a breezy four-minute read.

-Kate, @KateWilsonSays

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Vancouver women proudly take up space in Web3

The WomeninWeb3 Summit showcased the opportunity for an underrepresented population to build inclusive experiences and invest in financial products. Start reading »

Landmark deal merges three Canadian crypto platforms

Vancouver-based WonderFi is at the centre of the agreement, which will create Canada’s largest regulated crypto asset platform. Members only. Get started »

LayerZero’s value zaps up to $3B

After a massive raise, the local blockchain juggernaut keeps on rocketing. Members only. Get started »

Meet the Web3 founder making blockchain mainstream

The CEO of Repose is ahead of the curve in crypto. Start reading »

How Vancouver-based language app LingQ evolves in a changing market

From embracing a YouTube personality to leveraging AI, the company has found its niche in a crowded market. Start reading »

Meet the winners of 2023’s B.C. Cleantech Awards

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🤝 Funding and deals

  • ChopValue announced $7.7 million in growth financing. The raise for the Vancouver-based circular economy company coincides with a major milestone: 100 million chopsticks recycled. Read Vancouver Tech Journal’s coverage »

  • Pender Ventures celebrated the first close of its second fund and the opening of operations in Quebec. Read more »

  • TeleportDAO, a company that builds infrastructure that connects blockchains, raised $3.42 million in seed funding. Learn more »

  • Carbon Neutral Royalty — which finances and supports high-quality projects that combat climate change and create a greener planet — closed its latest facility worth an aggregate of up to $25 million with Beedie Investments. Learn more »

  • Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development, highlighted Budget 2023's investments in building a clean economy while visiting Moment Energy. Read more »

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🗞️ In other news

  • Mayker Capital, which acquires controlling stakes in tech companies that have achieved product market fit but lack the expertise to scale, launched Mayker Consulting Group: a new unit designed specifically to help tech founders unlock the potential of their companies. Learn more »

  • GeoComply — a company that provides geolocation compliance, fraud prevention and cybersecurity solutions — has launched the Challenger series: a set of free videos for startup founders looking at the U.S. sports-betting and iGaming market. Start watching »

  • Version One Ventures, a local early-stage VC outfit, shared a selection of updates and progress from Q1 this year from its portfolio companies. Learn more »

  • MonetizeMore, an advertising tech company based in Vancouver, was named to the Financial Times list of America's Fastest Growing Companies 2023. Learn more »

  • UBCO researchers created a regional house price mining and forecasting framework so potential buyers can learn the history, growth, and benefits of specific neighbourhoods. Learn more »

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