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Flying Fish throws a line into Edmonton's waters

Tiffany Linke-Boyko, the recently hired principal in charge of the Canadian operations for Flying Fish Partners, explains what kind of investment opportunities she's looking for on behalf of the Seattle-based venture capital firm. Plus, Faaiza Ramji and Karen Unland take a look at some other action on the investment front involving Sprout.vc and Areto Labs.

Sending robots where humans fear to tread

Karen Unland and Faaiza Ramji take a look at industrial innovation, starting with an interview with award-winning entrepreneur Nicolas Olmedo of Copperstone Technologies, which offers "robots as a service" to help companies monitor hazardous sites. Plus, some other innovators in the industrial realm who will be making a pitch for investment in June.

In-real-life adventures at Inventures

Faaiza Ramji tells new co-host Karen Unland about her experience at Inventures in Calgary, and they discuss some wins for Edmonton companies at the conference. Then get ready for some more IRL opportunities courtesy of Startup TNT and C-Tribe.

Fuelling with endurance chocolate

We're joined by Kristyn Carriere, co-founder of Seven Summits Snacks. The company's endurance and superfood chocolate has helped it land a spot in the semi-finals of the 2022 Startup Global Pitch Competition. Plus, the Indigenous Friends Association has started its four-week INDIGital program and the province announced a $6-million business support program for women entrepreneurs.

Applying AI to craft beer

We're joined by Kirk Zembal, co-founder of Blindman Brewing, and David Chan, product lead for industry at the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, to discuss how Blindman is using AI. Plus, Startup TNT announced the top 20 for its next investment summit, EZ Ops has acquired two companies, and the YEG Startup Community Awards are next week.

Redefining innovation through everyday essentials

We're joined by two women founders to talk about reinventing everyday essentials, and how they've navigated building their companies in an innovation ecosystem that's increasingly dominated by tech startups. Plus, The51 is expanding to Edmonton and Sprout Fund announced its first close.

Bringing products to life, investing in social issues, and Uniting the Prairies

We talk about a product design company that's taking off after a tough few years, and a new venture capital fund made its first investment in Areto Labs. Plus, a flurry of upcoming opportunities — from a program for women and gender-diverse people seeking careers in AI to launching the Alberta Innovates Revenue Accelerator.

Helping food entrepreneurs find the recipe for success

A co-founder of The Public Food Hub stops by to discuss what it takes to connect food makers to food lovers, wherever they live, and how this made-in-Edmonton platform could make a difference for culinary creators everywhere.

How Environmental Material Science is 'making soil happy again'

The CEO of Environmental Material Science joins us to talk about winning Startup TNT's Cleantech Investment Summit and how his company's soil remediation technology is changing the world. Plus, a University of Alberta spin-off has raised $9 million in seed financing.

A pizza pivot, raising funds, and wrapping up Y Combinator

A recent raise by PulseMedica that'll fund its first clinical trial, and space-data company Wyvern wrapped up Y Combinator. Plus, an esports program at Vimy Ridge Academy and a successful pizza pivot.

From the footpath to a freeze-dried food company

We meet the founder of Flat Out Feasts, a local company that says it's the first in the province to receive approval to produce freeze-dried meals. Plus, the Cleantech Investment Summit's top five finalists are announced, and applications are opening for the 2022 YEG Startup Community Awards.

Philanthropic innovation and a community look-ahead

We learn about innovation at the Edmonton Community Foundation and say goodbye to its retiring CEO. Plus, a look at what’s coming up over the next few months in the ecosystem.

Monitoring Ukraine, a new community kitchen, and innovative COVID tests

We talk about how samdesk is offering its AI-powered monitoring and alerts to those who need to stay informed about what's happening in Ukraine. Plus, announcing the top five finalists for Startup TNT's Life Sciences Investment Summit, and Bio-Stream Diagnostics says it's developing the next generation of COVID tests.

Airport strawberries and celebrating female entrepreneurs

We talk to the CEO of Alberta Women Entrepreneurs about why female entrepreneurs are crucial to bolster the post-pandemic economy. Plus, the first commercial strawberry facility at the Edmonton International Airport and Women in AI Canada has a new Edmonton lead.

Investing in the region, the workforce, and the startup ecosystem

We talk to Startup TNT co-founder Zack Storms about its business model and building long-term sustainability. Plus, Startup Edmonton welcomes its fifth Propel cohort, a new program at NorQuest College aims to close the machine learning skill gap, and the province announced the Edmonton Metro Region Economic Recovery (EMRER) Working Group.

AI talent, cleantech aspirations, and innovating at the EIA

This week we examine how the Edmonton International Airport is building its business in a way that positions it at the heart of supporting and developing innovation in the region. Plus, Startup TNT has named the top 20 companies for its Cleantech Investment Summit, and the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute is offering bursaries to attract talent to the city for AI Week.

Going to space to get to net-zero

Space data startup Wyvern joins us to talk about equity in tech, tackling climate change, and developing its hyperspectral imaging technology. Plus we'll look at how a non-profit plans to use technology to better deliver social services; paying MMA fighters in bitcoin; and a machine learning boot camp for women.

AI dreams, airport innovations, and a departing founder

Bloom interviews Lejjy Gafour, co-founder and former CEO of cellular agriculture startup Future Fields, about his move to CULT Food Science. Plus, a new joint venture from AltaML and Compass Law, as well as a look at other news from the Edmonton ecosystem.

Introducing Bloom

Co-hosts Faaiza Ramji and Emily Rendell-Watson talk about how they'll cover innovation in Edmonton each week, and their backgrounds, including why they care about what's happening in this community. Plus, it's been a busy start to the year for the ecosystem — they'll take a look at news from Innovate Edmonton, Wyvern, and Sprout Fund and go over what's coming up, including funding opportunities for cleantech and life sciences startups.

Bloom: Trailer

This weekly series will cover innovation in Edmonton and how the ecosystem is growing. We'll bring you commentary and analysis on the latest news plus what we're keeping our eyes on, interviews with innovators, and more. Hosted by Emily Rendell-Watson and Faaiza Ramji. Brought to you by Innovate Edmonton.

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