Launch’s Global Trade Mission Continues Across UAE, Japan, South Korea & Serbia

From Launch’s international trade mission across continents, groundbreaking demos presented at the Launch Builders, ranking among British Columbia’s top business leaders, to securing a spot in Canada’s top 10 startup accelerators, Launch continues to make waves. Join us on our journey of innovation and progress by subscribing to our newsletter!

Launch’s Global Trade Mission Continues

In November, our CEO, Ray Walia, continued his Global Trade Mission in Dubai, Japan, South Korea, and Serbia engaging in impactful discussions and forging meaningful connections. Here are some key highlights from his journey.

Launch Global Trade Mission With Ray Walia

Left: During his Trade Mission to UAE, Ray Walia got a chance to celebrate Lloyed Lobo’s From Grassroots To Greatness making it onto the WSJ bestseller list. Right: With Ravi Tharoor, CEO of Khaleej Times at the BIT23 Conference, Dubai.

Launch Trade Mission Japan

Left: Ray Walia with Ian G. McKay, Ambassador of Canada to Japan and Jeanette Jackson, CEO Foresight Canada. Right: With Jeanette Jackson, Mary Ng, Parliament of Canada & Shafin Diamond Tejani, Victory Square Technologies.

Launch Trade Mission South Korea

Launch conducted a workshop at the Global Digital Innovation Network in South Korea where Ray Walia talked about the startup ecosystem in North America & got to hear pitches from some of the top biotech startups innovating on 3D Printing human tissue to wearable ECG monitors to fight heart disease.

Launch Trade Mission Serbia

Launch team at Sinergija23 in Serbia, one of Southeast Europe’s largest conferences dedicated to digital transformation. At the conference, Ray Walia spoke about ‘How to Go Global And Expand Your Startup‘ and advised governemnt leaders and accelerator partners on strategies to build their emerging tech ecosystem.

Media & Events

From AI livestock monitoring to digital clones, the latest innovations were revealed at the Launch Builders Meetup held on Nov 22. This yet another sell-out event seamlessly brought together a diverse tech community with a shared passion for product development. See event recap here.

Ray Walia, CEO of Launch, has earned a well-deserved spot among the 500 most influential business leaders in British Columbia 2023, as recognized by Business in Vancouver (BIV). Congratulations to Launch members, alumni, and friends who also made it to the list. Read more.

Launch Academy has ranked in the top 10 startup accelerators and incubators for entrepreneurs, founders, and innovators in Canada by Cofounders Beta. This list aims to facilitate and guide those navigating the entrepreneurial landscape in the country. Check out the top 100 list here.

1. Launch Builders event recap, Nov 22 2023, 2. Ray Walia recognized in BIV’s list of 500 most influential business leaders in British Columbia 2023, 3. Launch ranked in top 10 startup incubators and accelerators in Canada

If you’re an entrepreneur looking to immerse yourself in a community of like-minded individuals, get exclusive access to our network of investors, partners, founders, mentors, and resources by joining our incubator program, LaunchPad.

Member & Alumni Milestones

We love celebrating the successes of our community members.

  • Launch alumni James Clift’s company Durable reached a huge milestone of building 5 million websites in just one year! Durable is an AI website builder that generates an entire website with images and copies in seconds. Check out some of their latest updates here.
  • Launch Maple member Rockhopper Studios announced their first VR game “Musical Range” on the Meta Quest App. Rockhopper Studios creates a musical experience that allows people to live the ultimate rockstar experience and feel the power of music through VR. Check it out.
  • Launch alumni Migel Tissera, Co-Founder and CTO of Metaspectral unveiled their software Metaspectral Fusion. Metaspectral Fusion is the first cloud-based hyperspectral analysis software working towards democratizing access to hyperspectral data. Register for access.
  • Congratulations to Launch alumni Thinkific for being named an Enterprise — Industry Leaders award winner as part of the 2023 Deloitte Technology Fast 50™ program, and a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Winner. See the full list of winners.
  • Launch alumni Daniel Pena, CEO & co-founder of Local Adventures was recently featured in Excelsior. Local Adventures, a platform specializing in travel experiences in over 160 countries is aiming to create a catalogue of more than 50,000 experiences around the world.
  • Launch members helping members! In this video, Raphaël Titsworth-Morin from Éphémère Creative demonstrates the seamless process of getting a service up and running with Defang. Try it yourself by downloading their beta CLI from their dev portal here.
  • Congratulations to our friends at Procurify for raising $50M in Series C funding, led by Ten Coves Capital, with co-investment from Export Development Canada (EDC). Learn more about how this capital will help us strengthen their core offering here.
  • Launch alumni Covalent has collaborated with tech titans Microsoft, Infura, Tencent Cloud and other leading protocols on the groundbreaking Decentralized Infrastructure Network (DIN) to launch the Decentralized Blockchain RPC Platform. Learn more.

These represent just a glimpse of the noteworthy milestones and accomplishments that have shaped our recent path. As we continue our journey, we eagerly anticipate bringing you more narratives of innovation, teamwork, and progress. Subscribe to our newsletter and stay connected for further updates from Launch!

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