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- Code Like a Girl has launched its new, 16-week Career Track Scholarship Program, and has partnered with Ecstra Foundation to offer 30 scholarship placements for women and non-binary people to launch their careers in web development.
- Indigiearth founder Sharon Winsor spoke with The Saturday Paper for a story about how native foods are transforming Australian cuisine. “I predominantly work with other Aboriginal women in the industry, and that’s because what we’re doing with native foods is women’s business,” she said.
- Super Fierce founder Trenna Probert spoke to Financy about her company’s Fierce Performers Index, which it says captures 99.8% of the entire market.
- Officeworks reiterated its plans to expand World’s Biggest Garage Sale under the Circonomy brand — expected to launch on Aug. 15 — offering collection and repair service beyond Queensland and furniture and office supplies.
- Beeswax food wraps from Abeego were included on a list of eco-essentials for your kitchen published by Elle Canada.
- Following the discovery of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the fabric of period underwear made by many companies, Aisle co-founder Suzanne Siemens said her company has had “rigorous practices” around sourcing materials and testing for chemicals since the very start, and is careful about the language it uses to be as truthful as possible. “What we do say is that our product has been tested to be clear of PFAS to a detectible limit and we disclose what that limit is and that way we’re not potentially being misleading,” she said.
- Ay Lelum will receive $99,999 from the federal government’s Tourism Relief Fund to design and produce authentic Indigenous tourism products for the B.C. market.
- Cooks Who Feed founder Seema Sanghavi spoke with KWQC in Iowa about five ways the company is changing the world.
- Growing Greener Innovations founder Connie Stacey was featured in a Q&A published by Innovate Edmonton. “As an LGBTQ2S+ women entrepreneur and leader in deep tech, Connie chats about advice she would have for herself when she just started.”
- Nada was featured by Fast Company for the number of secondhand materials used to outfit its store. “We are big proponents of making use of things that already exist. It’s one of the best things we can do for the planet,” said founder Brianne Miller. “We really wanted everything we did to reflect that.”
- The Government of B.C. is partnering with Ocean Legacy and two other organizations to clean as much as 1,000 kilometres of coastline, with $3.8 million allocated from the Clean Coast, Clean Waters Initiative Fund. “Ocean Legacy looks forward to continuing to build economic employment opportunities based on ecologically restorative practices and lend to preventative policies that help create plastic-free environments,” said founder Chloé Dubois.
- REES Community has been named to Tampa Bay Wave’s latest TechDiversity cohort. The diversity-focused accelerator aims to “supercharge” the impact of diverse founders.
- Satya Organics, Sisters Sage, and Sḵwálwen Botanicals were featured by Vancouver is Awesome as Indigenous beauty brands from B.C. you need to know about.
- StrongerU Senior Fitness founder Emily Johnson spoke with Seniors Matter about reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. “Start by checking in with your primary health care provider before starting a new exercise routine. Once you’ve received the green light, start by walking for just 10 minutes, three times per week,” she said.
- Totem Design House and Ay Lelum were highlighted by Vancouver is Awesome as B.C. Indigenous fashion brands you need to know about.
- Atutahi‘s use of Aotearoa New Zealand native leaf (Horopito, Kumarahou, and Kawakawa) was highlighted in a story from IFT about the importance of bringing together Indigenous knowledge and Western science in product development.
- Reni Wereta-Gargiulo of Atutahi won the Supreme Award at the 2022 Māori Businesswomen’s Awards. “I’m feeling absolutely ecstatic … I’m feeling very appreciated, if you know what I mean. Appreciated by our people”.
- AWWA was mentioned alongside Canadian venture Aisle among nine alternatives to sustainably manage through the tampon shortage.
- Chia Sisters co-founder Florence Van Dyke wrote in an op-ed that sustainable businesses are the ones that will come out on top. “If we can become global leaders in sustainable business, we can reverse the brain drain, attract investment and lift our economy,” she said.
- Kiri Nathan collaborated with law student Malina Grube to redesign the traditional graduation gown. “Working with Kiri Nathan was pretty surreal considering all the big projects she has worked on before and made me feel really special to know that she had designed my kākahu together with students and my story in mind,” Grube said.
- Supie has extended its capital raise to Aug. 6 due to significant interest over the past week. “We have been overwhelmed with how many Kiwis are investing to support Supie and we are excited to welcome you as shareholders!” the company shared. Supie has surpassed its initial goal of $3 million, raising more than $3.3 million already.
- Clothes Doctor offered five things to do before putting a load in the washing machine, including turning garments inside out.
- Safe & the City reflected on its progress thus far, and acknowledged the critical support of Coralus. “For female and non-binary founders trying to succeed in the Tech4Good space is a struggle. Safe & the City would have not been where it is now without the backing of Coralus.”
- TechPixies founder Joy Foster shared tips for social media success, ahead of the company’s six-week summer school which offers live coaching.
- Brown Toy Box founder Terri Nichelle Bradley was featured by Fox 32 in Chicago. She spoke about the importance of Black and brown children pursuing careers in the STEAM fields.
- COI Energy founder and CEO SaLisa Berrien has been nominated for StartupStarter’s Founder of the Year award.
- Kai XR has launched Kai XR CREATE, a metaverse makerspace built exclusively for kids.
- Mākhers Studio‘s efforts to use modular shipping container spaces to create a commercial kitchen incubator for Black entrepreneurs’ food-related businesses was featured in an op-ed on how to revitalize downtowns while putting equity at the forefront.
- Sisu Global has already sent more than 1,000 of its Hemafuse devices to hospitals in Ukraine and is planning a third shipment of 500 more, co-founder Gillian Henker said in an interview. She also shared more about the company’s startup journey.
- Solstice is the latest partner for Green 2.0, which is dedicated to increasing diversity and equity among environmental organizations.