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A banner year for tech & health innovation in Edmonton

Despite the ongoing pandemic, Edmonton’s technology sector flourished this year. According to Start Alberta, there are currently more than 930 startups and scaleups in the region. Some of which are working on era-defining issues such as clean energy, health, digital equality and recovery from the pandemic.

This year, CBRE ranked Edmonton’s tech ecosystem the fastest growing in North America, as well as one of the top three cities globally for affordable tech talent, with over 50% growth in our talent pool in the past five years. The city also saw a slew funding announcements, totaling many millions of dollars. For instance, Showbie announced that it raised an additional $7.5 million in Series A financing in February; G2V Optics secured $2.6 million in growth capital; QuoteToMe raised $2.5 million to scale up and dealcloser secured $1.75 million.


Funding & Support for Entrepreneurship


Technology


CleanTech & Climate Emergency

  • Edmonton will host the annual f-cell Canada International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell conference on May 25-26, 2022. The event will focus on hydrogen blending, power generation and storage, transportation, export markets, and industrial processes.
  • 2S Water has been selected for the fourth cohort of a Scale for ClimateTech program that helps companies take technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions into mass production. The company was selected for “single and multi-element sensors providing real-time water quality data for industrial and municipal applications.”
  • Scientists, technology startups, and fossil fuel giants are racing to become lead suppliers of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which are made from renewables such as used cooking oils, organic municipal waste, or even algae. “It’s a bit of the Wild West. You’ve got companies trying to get going, you’ve got companies maturing technologies, you’ve got technologies trying to make the leap to commercial before they’re quite ready,” University of Alberta professor David Bressler told the Canadian Press.
  • Researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a new dataset and map of northern wetlands that, they say, will aid in the tracking of methane emissions from the region. This will, in turn, allow for better accuracy in future efforts to predict greenhouse gas emissions.

Food Security & AgTech

  • A University of Alberta team is testing existing technology from around the world, like GPS ear tags and pedometers, to track cattle at the university’s Roy Berg Kinsella Research Ranch. The project will help researchers learn more about the cattle’s individual behaviour, which could in turn “help ranchers customize their cattle to the type of pastures they have, creating economic and environmental benefits along the way.”
  • SkipTheDishes is launching a grocery and household item delivery service, and plans to roll out 38 Skip Express Lane locations across Canada by mid-2022. Edmonton and Calgary locations are expected to open up next week.
  • Hungry Zine has partnered with local BIPOC food makers to sell holiday boxes. Inside, you’ll find a curated assortment of tasty treats, a copy of Hungry Zine’s Issue 00 or Issue 01. Each box is $65, plus GST. A few ways to purchase include Hungry Zine’s online shop.
  • Aurora Cannabis is licensing its biosynthesis IP to Cronos Group Inc. to help advance the development and research into biosynthesizing cannabinoids. Biosynthesis involves using microorganisms to produce complex substances, in this case various rare cannabinoids such as CBG, CBC and CBN.

Public Health


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Mentions


The Blast is curated by Taproot Publishing and published by Innovate Edmonton.