Celebrating a decade for Beakerhead

Plus, shaking up finance.


Welcome to this week's Sunday Briefing. In this issue, read about Tech Thursday’s recent panel on the power of personal branding, plus 4 other stories you've probably missed. Have a great day. We'll see you again on Wednesday.

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10 ways to unlock the power of personal branding: Tech Thursday recap

In the fast-paced world of technology, personal branding has become more than just a buzzword; it's a crucial asset for professionals looking to stand out and thrive in their careers.

At a recent Tech Thursday meetup, a diverse slate of experts who have successfully crafted and navigated their personal brands shared insights on how they did it – and what the rest of us can learn from their experiences.

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🤝 Funding, Deals + Partnerships

  • Ontopical closes $3.3 million seed extension to help companies navigate the local government procurement process. The Calgary-based software startup wants to make it easier for companies across North America to discover and win government contracts. Betakit

  • Alberta’s top research colleges join forces to showcase innovative solutions. Officials say the projects aim to create advanced solutions to foster new opportunities for Alberta’s diverse economy. RD News Now

  • UCalgary’s new Aerospace Innovation Hub soars to new heights with $2.5 million funding. The AIH primarily aims to strengthen Alberta’s aerospace sector by integrating its existing elements. The Gauntlet

  • AgTech innovator Hempalta partners with Hemp Carbon Standard to introduce industrial hemp carbon credits to Canadian markets. The collaboration will provide the company with an additional revenue stream on top of its consumer packaged goods and commercial products divisions. Hempalta Inc.


3 reasons to ditch traditional expense reports (and a better alternative)

Expense reports have long been a staple of corporate financial management, but their drawbacks are increasingly hard to ignore. Here are 3 reasons why your company should consider ditching them:

  1. Time-Consuming: Preparing & reviewing expense reports is a time-intensive process. Employees spend valuable hours documenting expenses and managers must painstakingly review each submission.

  2. Error-Prone: Manual entry often leads to errors, from miscalculated amounts to missing receipts. These mistakes can result in inaccurate financial records and potential compliance issues.

  3. Lack of Real-Time Visibility: Expense reports provide a retrospective view of spending, making it challenging to track expenses in real time. This delay can hinder proactive cost control.

Float offers a better alternative - one that both finance teams and employees prefer. Learn more at www.floatcard.com

📰 Need To Know

  • 10 years of ‘weird’: Beakerhead and UCalgary celebrate research and innovation. Collaboration blends art, science, and engineering to create an extraordinary learning experience. University of Calgary

  • Float brings emotion to an otherwise ‘boring’ category. Colourful visuals and humourous copy breathes some much-needed life into the finance software brand's world. Strategy Online

  • University of Alberta offering first-of-its-kind AI course. The course aims to educate students across all disciplines about artificial intelligence. CBC News


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