The Lens: January 2023
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15 Climate Tech Companies to Watch in 2023

Vancouver and BC’s robust cleantech ecosystem is supporting startups across the province as they develop groundbreaking climate technologies. Fifteen of these companies have been selected to compete for a $100,000 investment as part of the Vancouver Economic Commission’s Angels for Climate Solutions program. Their proposed ideas are as diverse as the founders themselves, ranging from smart mushroom farming to steel frame housing solutions, circular grocery delivery, and improved data management and efficiency.

At the end of six weeks, five startups will advance to a 10-week training intensive and vie to win the $100,000 investment. The top five will also receive special application support and coaching to submit their solution to VEC’s flagship Project Greenlight program.

Meet the Startups

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News, events, and stories from the last month

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What We Learned in Denmark about Green Building Innovation

In 2022, the Vancouver Economic Commission travelled to Copenhagen, Denmark with a delegation of local green building leaders to learn about Danish green building innovations and build new market connections. Here’s what we learned.

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Last Chance to Participate in the Zero Waste Demonstration Site!

Project Greenlight’s newest challenge, in partnership with the City of Vancouver, invites innovators to pilot their zero waste solutions at the new Zero Waste Demonstration Site. The deadline to apply is January 31, so submit your proposal today!

See the challenge

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Free Workshop

Growth and Export for Circular Businesses

Are you a circular economy business eager to grow within or outside of Canada? On February 15, you can attend a free Greater Vancouver Circular Economy Network session that focuses on scaling circular economy efforts. 

Register today

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The front cover, plus two of the inside pages of the Vancouver Economy Report Winter 2023 Edition

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