Victoria changemakers get international attention

Plus, two Victoria Tech Journal exclusives.

Welcome to this week’s Thursday Feature. In this issue, meet the capital region's innovators who are winning awards across the continent, as well as an interest-free government financing opportunity, and another option to get you home from YYJ.

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Local leaders are getting international attention

Left: Juan Orrego; Right: Emilie de Rosenroll

Move over, Vancouver: Victoria has some leaders on the rise. Those of us on the ground already know of our local changemakers, but two innovators are currently in the spotlight and helping expand the reach of Victoria tech beyond B.C.'s capital.

Juan Orrego was just awarded a Forbes 30 under 30 award in enterprise technology. Orrego is the founder and CEO of Cuboh, a software company that consolidates third-party ordering platforms into one hub for restaurants to use. He is the only Victoria innovator on the list(!)

That's not to say all of the innovation is happening in the private sector — Emilie de Rosenroll, CEO of the South Island Prosperity Partnership (SIPP) and the Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (COAST) was named as a finalist for the 2022 RBC Canadian Entrepreneur Awards. De Rosenroll was nominated for the Social Change Award at the Regional Impact level, alongside leaders across the country.

Last but not least is Delta-X Research, a software company supporting the electric utilities industry. The venture won the 2022 North American Enabling Technology Leadership Award for its dissolved gas analysis software, given by market research company Frost & Sullivan. The award recognizes the company's Transformer Oil Analyst technology for its ability to help utilities optimize budgets and prioritize asset replacement or upgrade.

Stay tuned because the national accolades could continue. Two Victoria companies are in Toronto for the MaRS Climate Impact Conference — Solaires and Cascadia Seaweed — vying for the Climate Impact Awards. The conference has drawn investors from all over the world who are interested in Canada's technology that can help adapt and mitigate climate change. Sahar Sam of Solaires is pitching investors at the seed stage, while Rob Napoli of Cascadia is pitching those funding Series A. Let's cheer them on remotely, as the winners are announced later today!


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