Finance

Nov 25, 2020
5 Questions: Pender Ventures exec Maria Pacella talks investing in inflection-stage tech companies
Nathan Caddell

Earlier this month, Vancouver’s PenderFund Capital Management announced the creation of Pender Ventures, an investment group centred on disruptive technology companies in B.C. and across Canada. With $25 million from institutional investors Export Development Canada and Vancity, among others, and led...

Nov 25, 2020
Two University Initiatives Receive Boost from TD in Support of Entrepreneurs

BCBusiness + TD While such challenges can be attributed to a lack of capital, other factors are usually at play. Entrepreneurs may face barriers to resources such as mentorship support or specialized skills development and training that could make launching or scaling their unique ideas a little easier. Recently, TD announced its commitment...

Nov 20, 2020
Young Guns: Corbin Lowe keeps busy between wealth management, vegan food and ventilators
Nathan Caddell

Talking to Corbin Lowe, it takes about a minute before you realize he’s not your average 29-year-old. That’s when he says, “I have this weird dissociation with money that I’ve learned–if you focus too much on the amount, you get paralyzed...

Nov 6, 2020
5 Questions: Mogo CEO Dave Feller talks open banking, marketing to millennials
Nathan Caddell

Since founding Mogo in 2003, Dave Feller has been trying to help Canadians save money. The Vancouver-based company was created to revamp the payday loans space. But that mission has since shifted to its main priority: helping customers get rid of...

Nov 4, 2020
Vancouver startup banks on a niche: unbanked seasonal farm workers
Nick Rockel

In a world where many people do their banking quickly and conveniently online, Canada’s seasonal agricultural workers have been left behind. Those visiting labourers don’t just toil in the fields—sending money home to their families in Mexico and other countries...

Nov 2, 2020
B.C. residents show surprising financial confidence in wake of COVID-19: report
By the Editors

You’d expect an annual survey aimed at gauging the financial confidence of Canadians to be an absolute bloodbath in 2020. Yet somehow, the results really aren’t all that bad, especially in B.C., where residents are more upbeat about their finances than...

Oct 20, 2020
Bank Shot: Canada may be a laggard, but these B.C. fintechs are ready for open banking
Michael McCullough

If you’re like me, you have a small pile of change on your dresser or bedside table. It’s been making the rounds of your pants and jacket pockets for months. As the COVID-19 pandemic has mandated a shift to contactless payment—the tap of a credit card or scan of a...

Oct 15, 2020
BCers like the idea of digital ID for government services, but only with increased security: report
By the Editors

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted British Columbians to favour putting more services online, according to a recent survey. The poll, released by Canadian financial services firm Interac Corp. in partnership with the Canadian branch of American PR giant Hill+Knowlton Strategies, found that...

Oct 2, 2020
B.C. crypto exchange volunteers to be regulated, setting precedent
Michael McCullough

Cryptocurrency’s days as a haven for scoundrels may be numbered. This week the parent company of Vancouver-based online exchange Netcoins, BIGG Digital Assets, applied for registration from the B.C. Securities Commission—an invitation for government oversight of the sector, which has hitherto been tainted by get-rich-quick schemes, fraud and money laundering. “It’s fairly...

Sep 1, 2020
Two Vancouver fintech companies named to global list of fastest-growing startups
By the Editors

The third Fintech 250 list is out, and two local companies have reason to celebrate. Global identification service Trulioo and payment platform Instant Financial, both based in Vancouver, are the only B.C. names to make the grade. The annual list, put together by...

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