Pallavi Rao

Recent Posts on BCBusiness

Aug 23, 2021
BlocPal International sets sights on a public listing in the near future, in line with its "vertical integration" strategy

Digital payment apps are a dime-a-dozen, no matter where you are in the world. It makes sense then, that Vancouver-based BlocPal International is leaning hard into those apps’ success in a cash-less future. The company, which develops digital platforms for merchants...

Jul 30, 2021
Farmers markets could be the perfect entrepreneurial lab for small business, say industry advocates

When you think of farmers markets, you might not see them as key economic drivers of small businesses and an indispensable part of food supply in B.C. But that’s what they are. “I think COVID really blew the lid off [farmers...

Jul 19, 2021
Vancouver real estate analytics company launches its version of Zillow's Zestimate

American real estate startup Zillow turned many heads on this side of the border when its Zestimate tool—which allows users to see the predicted value of homes—launched in Canada in 2018. Vancouver-based company Offerland is hoping for a similar result with its...

Jul 7, 2021
Metro Vancouver housing market takes a breather after breaking sales records in March: report

Although Vancouver suffered rising temperatures toward the end of June, the heat wave in the local housing market has cooled off from its record-breaking performance in March and April. June residential sales in Metro Vancouver totalled 3,762, an 11.9-percent decrease...

Jun 28, 2021
B.C.’s population growth slowed in 2020, but housing market remains unaffected: report

Fewer immigrants managed to call B.C. their home in 2020, according to a new report. B.C.’s population growth declined by a third last year, with the province welcoming only 56,757 new residents, the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC)...

Jun 22, 2021
First-year fee waived for small business to get LGBT+ friendly accreditation in June

In B.C. and across the country, Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) is waiving the first-year fee for the first 50 small businesses that sign up for its new Rainbow Registered certification program, which honours Pride Month this June. Small businesses...

Jun 16, 2021
Student-led investment group bets on beloved coffee shop in Downtown Eastside

Student impact investors from the Vancouver Social Value Fund (VSVF) have helped raise $200,000 to finance a struggling coffee shop in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. East Van Roasters, located at 319 Carrall Street, risked permanent closure after its parent company restructured. That’s...

Jun 14, 2021
Vancouver tech company wins $200,000 award from Department of National Defence

Metaspectral, a B.C. company specializing in deriving real-time insights from high-resolution imaging software, has won nearly $230,000 from the Department of National Defence’s Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program. The program saw 210 participants submit 283 proposals for...

Jun 10, 2021
B.C. invests $15 million to help fund tech sector employment for underrepresented groups

In a move to boost inclusion in the province’s technology sector, the B.C. government is providing grants that will help fund up to 3,000 paid positions. These grants will go to applicants who have been historically underrepresented in tech, including...

Jun 3, 2021
How the B.C. mining industry can transform itself into a global leader in sustainability—and what’s stopping it

B.C. has all the tools to become a global leader in sustainable mining, but with that opportunity comes challenges and a narrowing window to make it reality. That’s one of the takeaways from PwC Canada’s 53rd annual report on the...

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