$1.3B, 157 funding rounds: Explore Start Alberta's investment recap

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Welcome to the Midweek Memo which features a bit of news and a bunch of upcoming events. In this issue, check out Start Alberta's 2022 funding recap, 20 agtech startups pitching for $150,000, plus countless other meetups and activities over the next week. See you on Sunday for the weekly Briefing.

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$1.3B, 157 funding rounds: Explore Start Alberta's 2022 investment recap

Initially launched by the A100, Alberta Enterprise Corporation (AEC) and the Venture Capital Association of Alberta (VCAA) Start Alberta provides real-time data for founders, investors, corporates and government stakeholders, cataloguing the collective regional tech ecosystem.

The local organization recently released what it's calling the 2022 #ABtech Investment Recap. The results were massive, but for anyone who's been watching Albert's growing tech sector, they were not surprising. According to Start Alberta:

"2022 was an incredible year for #ABtech! According to the Start Alberta database, Alberta startups and scaleups raised $1.3B total with 157 funding rounds in 2022. $1.2B was raised in private equity and venture capital with 121 rounds. $78.1M was secured through 36 grant programs with Alberta companies."

For more in-depth details, explore Start Alberta's newsletter and database.

Now, let's get into Calgary's upcoming tech events...

Startup TNT Agtech Summit - Top 20 Pitch Night | February 9

20 pitches. Angel investors. Startup communities from across Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg. Five in-person Happy Hours and afterparties.

Welcome to the Startup TNT Agtech Summit - Top 20 Pitch Night. Taking place tomorrow, Thursday, February 9, 2023, the event brings together companies across the full scope of agriculture, from livestock to robotics to bioscience and beyond.

The winner of the summit will get over $150K of investment, and the rest will get exposure and other opportunities for deal-making.

Calgary UX - Meet and Greet | February 10

This is a bi-weekly virtual coffee to welcome and connect members of the Calgary UX community. Join us for a half-hour during your lunchtime.

Startup Essentials: Startup 101 | February 13

We know the feeling of having a great business idea, but having no idea where to start. In Startup 101, we’ll give you the resources, connections and tools to start bringing your idea to life. Startup 101 is for you if:

  • You have an idea for a business and want tangible steps to get started

  • You’re curious what support is available to you, and how to use it

  • You’re overwhelmed by startup lingo (MVP who?)

Founders Coffee | February 14

Founders Coffee is every Tuesday at 7.30am in Calgary and now Edmonton. This is for entrepreneurs, startups, an small business. In Calgary, meet at Red's Diner in Kensington, in Edmonton, and at DOSC.

For more local tech and business events, check out our friends at In the Know YYC.

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