Nearly $2M invested into Vancouver Island research infrastructure
The province is putting $30 million into local businesses via the BC Knowledge Development Fund.
Welcome to this week’s Thursday Digest. In this issue, read about new funding for Vancouver Island research and innovation, and a Victoria firm that's launched nationally. Have a great day. We'll see you again Sunday.
Nearly $2M going to Vancouver Island research and innovation infrastructure
As part of the provincial government’s StrongerBC Economic Plan, it’s investing more than $30 million in 120 post-secondary research projects through the BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF). Among the eight institutions getting funding, Vancouver Island University and the University of Victoria are receiving a combined $1.9 million.
Projects supported through the funding range from genomic and metabolic solutions for B.C. agriculture to studies on healthy brain development in pre-term infants.
VIU was awarded $218,823 for three research projects focused on eco-evolutionary dynamics, sustainability, and resilience.
UVic was awarded $1,694,873 for 10 research projects that range in focus from biomedical analysis to data, brain structures, public health priorities, and more.
We spoke to Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, about the funding and its role in driving innovation in B.C. You can read our interview with him in our Sunday Digest email later this week.
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📰 More Victoria innovation news
💸 ICYMI: Billi Labs, a Victoria-based startup building a new, easy way to track bills and manage finances, announced its national launch. The startup was founded by Tyrone Sinclair, a former CEO of the tech firm Pretio Interactive and UVic researcher.
👩💼 CEO spotlight from Shift: Nicole Smith is the founder and CEO of Flytographer, a platform that connects its customers to an international network of hand-picked local photographers – making it easy to capture memorable moments from anywhere in the world. Nine years into business, Flytographer has provided thousands with invaluable photos and stories to share, but what’s now a global name grew out of a simple love for travel.
🕴️ Tech jobs of the week
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