🏙️ Well, that was a week

After all the Vancouver tech news that happened in the past seven days, I'm sure I'm not the only one in need of a long weekend. This is your Sunday Briefing.

The calendar gods have smiled upon us, and I for one am very excited to welcome back-to-back long weekends — especially given how much has happened in Vancouver tech this week.

First, the City of Vancouver decided to fold the Vancouver Economic Commission, which has been supporting economic growth in the region since 1995. Next, there was a major announcement from Crown agency Innovate BC about its newly launched portal for intelligence on startups, scaleups, investors, entrepreneurial resources, and investment capital flow within the province. Finally, two major summits will be taking place in Vancouver next week to help grow investment and development in the city.

Oh, and remember — this long weekend is in honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It’s an important opportunity to reflect on your privilege (if you’re a settler like me), and learn more about Indigenous culture. Don’t miss our trio of stories from the Vancouver Tech Journal archives to commemorate the day.

Now onto today’s briefing. It’s 1,279 words: a four-minute read.

P.S. This week’s Vancouver Tech Journal morning coffee is hosted by the Immigrant Employment Council of BC. Join us on Tuesday between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. at their office, 609 Granville Street #950. Please register for free so our hosts know how many to expect!

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The closure came as a shock to many of the non-profit's staff and many commentators in the city.

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The Placemaking Summit will explore how an innovation hub could benefit the community, and the Frontier Summit aims to encourage financing for bleeding-edge technologies in the city.

A trio of stories from the Vancouver Tech Journal archives to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Plus, more fallout from the VEC shuttering, and a new partnership for Portable Electric. Read our top briefing from this week. Members-only content.

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