The Food of the Future: Getting the Dish on Growing Food
Alacrity Cleantech Talks
by Alacrity Canada
2y ago
Season 3, Episode 9 features host Sofie Campbell discussing the future of growing food using Agritech advancements with 3 Cleantech CEOs. Join Ken Grenier, CEO of Pacific Ridge Corp., Valerie Song, CEO of AVA Technologies, and Alycia van der Gracht, CEO of QuantoTech as they devour topics such as vertical farming, indoor growing year-round, and what sustainability means for the farmers of the future ..read more
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ESG Investing with Basma Majerbi and Lynn Works from the University of Victoria
Alacrity Cleantech Talks
by Alacrity Canada
2y ago
In Season 3, Episode 8, Host Sofie Campbell is joined by Basma Majerbi, PhD and Lynn Works, MBA from the University of Victoria as they discuss the trends and mechanisms surrounding investing using ESG principals and Impact Investment funds. Learn about the evolving field of ESG rating scores and how businesses can adapt their operations to meet new standards ..read more
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How Nyoka Design Labs Uses Luminescent Technology to Create Plastic-Free Products
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by Paige Whitehead, Sofie Campbell
2y ago
3:30 - Paige: We started working with our first investors this year, so instead of doing as much as we could with very little funding, we're now really able to develop the bioluminescent system that we're using for our fully non-toxic, biodegradable light wand. We have a lab we're working out of, are developing different colours, making them brighter and longer lasting. We'll be launching a bright yellow colour in the new year. 6:20 - Paige: The lumi is a reusable, rechargeable glowstick alternative that lights up after charging it in the sunshine. 7:05 - Paige: Selling the lumi on their onlin ..read more
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How Metaspectral is Applying Their Technology to Optimize the Plastics Recycling Sector
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by Francis Doumet, Sofie Campbell
2y ago
5:20 - Francis: Metaspectral is deploying its technology into a variety of industries, including defense, space, recycling and agriculture. At the core the technology is much the same but just need to do some integration. Metaspectral can detect that there's an object floating on water, for example, and can determine what that object is made out of. In agriculture, we're able to detect how plants react to different types of pesticides which enables us to measure the rate of disease in plants.  7:40 - Francis: We went through a pivot when we started the company, initially the concept for M ..read more
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How Innovators Like Properate and Endura-Form Are Helping Design the Green Building Industry
Alacrity Cleantech Talks
by Arman Mottaghi, Tony Rapaz, Sofie Campbell
2y ago
8:12 - Arman: Building codes are moving towards being very software centric, meaning if you want to get your building in compliance with codes you need to use a variety of software tools. This is common practice for many construction industry professionals but for energy, this is new. So there is this significant need for software that can make innovation in the building sector possible, primarily focused on building efficiency. 9:35 - Arman: Our focus right now is to make it really easy for builders, renovators, home owners, etc. to get an idea of how their home is performing and how they cou ..read more
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Overcoming the Valley of Death in Cleantech
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by Burak Evren, Richard Egli, Peter Van Der Gracht, Cec Primeau, Sofie Campbell
2y ago
06:28 - Sofie: Definition of the Valley of Death from Investopedia. The death valley curve is the span of time from the moment it receives its initial capital contribution until it starts generating revenue. This period of time can be really challenging for the business because their business model remains largely unproven because they haven't yet begun earning revenue.  7:50 - Cec: First learned about the Valley of Death around 2001 just after the Dot Com bust. Cec was the E-Business Evangelist for PWC. 8:40 - Peter: I call it the cash runway. Peter learned about it the hard way through ..read more
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What We Know About Cleantech
Alacrity Cleantech Talks
by Burak Evren, Richard Egli, Peter Van Der Gracht, Cec Primeau, Sofie Campbell
2y ago
5:35 - Rich: I think we can all agree now that it's essential to our planet. We know there's a problem that we have to fix and the technology side is just a massive opportunity. As humans we're good at innovating when we have to, and now we have to.    11:00 - Peter: There is the technology mantra of "move fast and break things" but in cleantech you don't necessarily want to actually have incumbents doing that because in the cleantech industry entrepreneurs are working with technologies and systems that quite literally keep the lights on. So we really need to educate our technol ..read more
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Raising Funds in Cleantech
Alacrity Cleantech Talks
by Susan Blanchet, Christopher Naismith, Devesh Bharadwaj, Sofie Campbell, Julie Angus
3y ago
4.20 - what stage of raising are each of the guests at? -dilutive versus non-dilutive funding -time and effort that goes into raising, especially when it comes to signing the paperwork -ISED and IRAP funding -SDTC’s funding program 8.25 - takeaways or learnings? -how to qualify investors -what to expect throughout the process 11.00 - closing on a “Safe” (a simple agreement for future equity) -investment mechanism that’s well suited to early-stage rounds 13.00 - surprises about raising? C: angel markets in Victoria and Vancouver don’t particularly like the Safe option J: non-traditional space a ..read more
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Cleantech Insights from Leaders in Cleantech Podcast Host, David Hunt
Alacrity Cleantech Talks
by Sofie Campbell, David Hunt
3y ago
1.30 - how David began his career in the cleantech industry back in 2007, talking with a electrical engineer about wind turbines and solar panels at his daughter’s school 3.30 - the uniqueness of the cleantech sector and its disruptive nature and the culmination of many technologies that are coming to fruition (batteries, solar power, grids, etc.) -how digitalization is clearly fundamental to  enabling much of the innovation that's going on 4.10 - disruption in cleantech is faster than in other high-growth sectors in the past, which can create challenges for policymakers because things mo ..read more
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Exploring Cosmic-Ray Muon Tomography with Ideon Technologies
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by Gary Agnew, Peter Van Der Gracht
3y ago
-Peter Van Der Gracht, senior advisor at Alacrity Canada, talks to Gary Agnew of Ideon Technologies about the company's innovative mining solutions -how cosmic-ray muon technology is similar to x-ray technology -applying this technology to the exploratory phase of mining as part of the geophysics toolkit -straight-line imaging technique provides a high degree of certainty in the industry -technology is focused on displacing drilling, which is expensive to conduct -base metals and battery metals can be detected by density contrast using this technology -how does this technology fit within the r ..read more
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