BigGeo steps to the stage

Plus, New Zealanders might be coming to Calgary

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BigGeo steps to the stage

Source: BigGeo on LinkedIn

Calgary co-founders Brent Lane and Brett Jones will be giving it their all on June 6 at the Snowflake Startup Challenge, a global competition that awards up to $1M USD in investment. The duo’s venture, BigGeo, was named as a top 3 finalist earlier this month.

BigGeo is a geospatial intelligence platform. Crunching vast amounts of geospatial data is an intimidating, resource-consuming task. But the potential rewards are rich: mapping the spread of diseases; determining optimum places for new housing developments; creating more efficient travel and shipping routes; and providing more accurate and timely weather and traffic reports. BigGeo is looking to remove the intimidation factor and give companies immediate, interactive geospatial insights.

The team is excited to present at the Startup Challenge finale. Not only is it an opportunity to expand BigGeo’s network and sharpen its competitive edge, but the team hopes to gain valuable insights from top-tier leaders.

“This accolade has definitely energized the entire BigGeo team to continue developing solutions that address real-world challenges, drive significant industry change, and build environmentally conscious solutions that align with our vision for a greener future,” said Jones, co-founder and president, BigGeo.

The 2024 Snowflake Startup Challenge began with over 900 applications from startups in more than 100 countries. The group was then narrowed down to a top 10, and now the final three.

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