🏙️ New look, big news
Discover which one-year-old Vancouver company is worth $105 million in your flashy new Sunday Briefing.
Welcome to your first new-look Sunday Briefing!
In case you missed it, we’re making some big moves here at the Tech Journals.
You may already know that as well as Vancouver Tech Journal, our wider team produces the Victoria Tech Journal and Calgary Tech Journal. (And if you’re not already subscribed to those, you should fix that right now!)
As we keep growing, we want to make sure that readers of all our publications across Canada experience our first-class content in the same way. That means Vancouver Tech Journal looks a little different in your inboxes and on the web.
Don’t worry — we’re still the same Vancouver Tech Journal you know and love! And we’re excited to bring you the top-notch stories, event listings, and newsletters that you read every week, but in an even better format.
Now onto today’s briefing. It’s 1,032 words: a four-minute read.
The province’s startup ecosystem is hampered by a lack of liquidity events.
The firm, which offers the world’s fastest-growing platform for stakes in private venture-backed companies, is valued at CAD $105 million.
The Alice-in-Wonderland-themed bash saw multiple companies register more than one team in the annual ping pong tournament.
The City of Coquitlam has teamed up with Vancouver company UrbanLogiq on a two-year pilot project. Members-only content.
After significant growth and additional funding, Levr readies for seed raise. Members-only content.
🤝 Funding and deals:
Procurify, a spend-management solution, raised $50 million in Series C funding.
BTQ Technologies, a quantum computing company, announced its ecosystem partnership with Cysic to streamline its cryptographic proofs.
Tribe Property Technologies, which offers tech-enabled property management solutions, has received a senior term and acquisition facility loan for up to $15 million.
HiringBranch, which provides an assessment and training AI solution, has raised $2.5 million in non-dilutive funds to help accelerate its growth.
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🗞️ In other news:
Ripple Ventures has partnered with Canada’s Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative Inclusive Growth Stream to support underserved founders in Canada with a $7.5 million investment. It will open an office in Vancouver on November 1.
The 10th edition of the Vancouver Economy Report, the Vancouver Economic Commission’s last, is out now.
InBC, the province’s strategic investment fund, shared what it looks for when investing in companies.
Digital marketplace ArtRow launched its platform designed to democratize art transactions.
Foresight, a local cleantech accelerator, released its report on a cleantech adoption program, and how it can streamline the uptake of new technologies.
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💡 Ideas and insights:
Kahlil Ashanti, the founder and CEO of Mantis XR, writing on Medium: The surprising similarities between founders and actors
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