Solaires Entreprises named 2022 CIX top 20 early company
Startup was chosen among a diverse cohort of firms spanning medtech, security, and fintech.
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Solaires Entreprises named Canadian Innovation Exchange top 20 early-stage company
The CIX Canadian Innovation Exchange recently named its annual list of the top early-stage and growth startups across the country. The companies represent a diverse range of technology spanning medtech, fintech, big data, security, marketing and cleantech sectors.
485 businesses were nominated this year, which is a record according to CIX executive director Lauren Linton. And from that pool, Solaires Entreprises, a lone B.C. startup based out of Victoria made the cut.
Helmed by CEO Fabian de La Fuente, Solaires is developing the next generation of solar cells. Victoria Tech Journal has previously showcased the startup as a top woman-led Victoria business, as its co-founder and chief science officer is Dr. Sahar Sam.
Solaires and the other selected organizations will soon present in person at the CIX Summit on November 1-2, in downtown Toronto. The audience will be over 700 investors, entrepreneurs and advisors in the North American technology ecosystem.
Previous B.C. firms recognized by the CIX include Clio, D-Wave, and UrtheCast.
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📰 More Victoria innovation news
💰 Federal funds: The Canadian government invested $11.5-million through the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) for the construction of a net-zero energy-ready RCMP detachment facility in the Municipality of North Cowichan. The funding includes a $10 million low-interest loan and a $1.5 million grant. Get the details.
🏆 Standout scientist: Health Tech World recognized Dr. Stephanie Willwerth as an incredible woman in health tech. Dr. Willwerth founded the Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Victoria and co-founded the Axolotl Biosciences, which Victoria Tech Journal has previously covered. Go deeper: Victoria-based Axolotl Biosciences is 3D-printing tissues that mimic human stem cells.
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