🏙️ 'Maybe even a unicorn?'

A look over our shoulder at burgeoning tech ecosystems in Calgary and Victoria.

As we kick off 2023, we’re not just revisiting some of the top tech news in Vancouver; we’re also tipping our cap to the growing communities that border both sides of our city. There’s a $5 billion innovation economy in Victoria, as well as a booming tech industry east of the Rockies in Calgary. Speaking of which, you’re invited to connect in person with some of the people driving that growth. Join us on January 18 in downtown Vancouver at The Home Key for drinks, bites and business insights as part of Calgary's tech scene: Competition or complementary. Are you investing, job hunting, hiring, expanding, or just curious and want to grab a beer and catchup? This event is for you.

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🤝 Funding and deals

  • Pender Ventures announced an investment in Traction Rec, a leading recreation management software solution. Learn more »

  • Local Web3 outfit cocoNFT was acquired by Metaverse Group. Learn more »

  • TELUS International completed its USD $1.225 billion acquisition of WillowTree, a U.S. full-service digital product provider. Learn more »

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