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Sprout Fund II nears $10M target to put into seed-stage tech companies

Sprout Fund is quickly approaching the goal for its second fund, which will eventually provide momentum to a new group of seed-stage tech companies in Western Canada.

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Brief

Weekend agenda: Jan. 21-23, 2022

This weekend's events include a mix of outdoor and indoor fun, with a few virtual events if you're not ready to venture out.

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Retired lawyer turned playwright wins screenplay competition

A program to turn an emerging screenwriter's work into a short film has awarded its top prize to David Haas, a retired lawyer who owes his writing career to anger in the courtroom and a penchant for winning competitions.

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A moment in history: Jan. 20, 1951

On this day 71 years ago, On this day in 1951, Alberta's first newspaper was going to press for its final few issues. The Edmonton Bulletin was established in 1880 by businessmen Frank Oliver and Alex Taylor.

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AltaML partners with venture capital firm to combine AI and life sciences expertise

AltaML has formed a strategic alliance with Amplitude Venture Capital, a top Canadian firm focused on life sciences and building precision medicine companies. The partnership will look to leverage the possibility of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the biotechnology sector.

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Wyvern raises US$4.5M, enters Y Combinator

Edmonton-based space company Wyvern has been accepted into the Y Combinator technology accelerator, and has closed an oversubscribed seed round for US$2.25 million, led by MaC Venture Capital, in addition to US$2.25 million in pre-seed funding and support from the federal government.

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On-demand transit seems to be catching on

An interim review of the bus network redesign shows growing use of on-demand transit since it was introduced last April to mitigate a decrease in regular service to parts of the city.

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Meet the councillors: Karen Principe aims to be a good steward of tax dollars

Karen Principe, the incumbent-beating councillor for Ward tastawiyiniwak, is keen to ensure her community remains "safe and viable and thriving" so her kids will want to stay.

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Snow-removal budget needs a permanent upgrade, says Knack

It's time for Edmonton to invest in the equipment and staff needed to clear snow more quickly, Coun. Andrew Knack said on Episode 162 of Speaking Municipally, which he guest-hosted with an assist from Coun. Keren Tang.

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The Pulse

A weekday news briefing that informs you about what's going on in Edmonton.

The Pulse

Friday, Jan. 21

In this edition: Sprout Fund II nears $10M target to put into seed-stage tech companies; Coun. Anne Stevenson wants to cancel a plan to spend $26.5M on the 103 Avenue Pedway; Premier Jason Kenney said that Omicron infections in Alberta may have peaked.

The Pulse

Thursday, Jan. 20

In this edition: a retired lawyer turned playwright has won a screenplay competition; the city won't pay for damage caused by Edmonton police during an arrest at Tzin last summer; our moment in history goes back to 1951.

The Pulse

Wednesday, Jan. 19

In this edition: AltaML partners with venture capital firm to combine AI and life sciences expertise; the city has launched a new dashboard to share the status of public services in relation to COVID-19; the new grand chief of Treaty 6 wants to get everyone aligned.


Roundups

Weekly newsletters that go deeper on topics of interest.

Roundup

Business Roundup: Jan. 21, 2022

The latest headlines & happenings in local business. Sprout Fund is quickly approaching the goal for its second fund, which will eventually provide momentum to a new group of seed-stage tech companies in Western Canada. Fund II, the only one of its kind headquartered in Edmonton, is aiming for a minimum first close target of $10 million before moving into the investment phase. Its deal flow will consist of software-as-a-service companies in Western Canada in the business-to-business space, said Kristina Milke, one of the four managing partners of Sprout Fund.

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Roundup

Arts Roundup: Jan. 20, 2022

The latest on local arts from Taproot Edmonton. A program to turn an emerging screenwriter's work into a short film has awarded its top prize to David Haas, a retired lawyer who owes his writing career to anger in the courtroom and a penchant for winning competitions.

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Roundup

Regional Roundup: Jan. 19, 2022

The latest headlines & happenings from across the Edmonton region. Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) has been granted $30 million through the province's Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction fund to help foster growth in carbon capture tech. The Carbon Capture Kickstart program focuses on site-specific carbon capture, direct air capture, and carbon transportation infrastructure.

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Roundup

Health Innovation Roundup: Jan. 19, 2022

The latest headlines & happenings in health innovation in Edmonton. AltaML has formed a strategic alliance with Amplitude Venture Capital, a top Canadian firm focused on life sciences and building precision medicine companies. The partnership will look to leverage the possibility of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the biotechnology sector.

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Roundup

Food Roundup: Jan. 18, 2022

The latest headlines & happenings in Edmonton food. Every time a U.S. chain opens its first location in Edmonton, it seems like the city buzzes at the prospect of trying its menu. P.F. Chang's, an Asian-themed casual dining restaurant, got tons of attention for announcing it would be opening a 6,000-square-foot location in Edmonton's Currents of Windermere market in early 2022.

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Roundup

Tech Roundup: Jan. 18, 2022

The latest headlines & happenings in Edmonton's tech community. Edmonton-based space company Wyvern has been accepted into the Y Combinator technology accelerator, and has closed an oversubscribed seed round for US$2.25 million, led by MaC Venture Capital, in addition to US$2.25 million in pre-seed funding and support from the federal government.

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Blog Posts

Updates on what Taproot Edmonton has been up to recently.

Look at what you helped us accomplish this year
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Look at what you helped us accomplish this year

As we look back at 2021, we are filled with gratitude for the support that has enabled us to accomplish so much this year. See what our members, sponsors, and clients have made possible.

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That’s a wrap on our People’s Agenda project
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That’s a wrap on our People’s Agenda project

The votes are counted, the new city council is about to get to work, and we're putting a bow on our People's Agenda project.

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A cascade of interest greets Taproot’s election matching engine
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A cascade of interest greets Taproot’s election matching engine

We are buoyed and blown away by the response to the Taproot Survey, our matching engine to help Edmonton voters discover how well they align with the candidates running for mayor and city council.

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