This fall, Accelerate Okanagan is joining forces with Valley Firstand MNP to launch Startup Basics | Route 97 Edition. Our team will be visiting four different cities throughout the Okanagan; Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon and Salmon Arm.
In each of the four cities, there will be two back-to-back workshop-style sessions presented by Accelerate Okanagan mentors, a panel discussion featuring local entrepreneurs and innovators, and a networking event designed to build community and inspire connection.
Learn more about Penticton's session below.
Laws of Attraction (3:00pm - 4:15pm)
This session is all about finding your customer. Entrepreneurs will walk through the Customer Discovery process and learn how to ask the right questions and formulate hypotheses to validate their product and market.
Pitching Power (4:15pm - 5:30pm)
Whether it is to potential employees, current employees, customers, or investors the pitch is a pivotal part of any business. This session helps you understand the importance of your pitch both within and outside the investor context while providing tips and resources to make your pitch perfect.
Lessons Learned (5:30pm - 7:00pm)
Building a business can be scary, but it's important for an entrepreneur to realize that they are not alone. There are entrepreneurs and experts in their community that are ready and willing to help support. This panel consists of community members local to each region who will share their journey, insights, challenges, and successes with attendees.
Beer & Bytes (7:00pm -7:30pm)
This is your chance to build meaningful connections with the entrepreneurial community and network with the panelists and speakers. There will be beer, wine, snacks, activities and thank you's. Who doesn't love a good social, am I right!?
We can't wait to hit the road and connect with entrepreneurs from across the Okanagan. Stay tuned for more information on featured guests!
Innovation Centre Salmon Arm 220 Shuswap Street North Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4H7 Kelowna
To increase the number of technology companies that start and grow in the Okanagan
We do this in two ways:
1. Helping to develop and support a vibrant entrepreneurial, creative and innovative technology community.
Our community ranges from students and aspiring entrepreneurs to startups and early stage companies; as well as established technology companies and the wide range of service providers who are critical to our industry
Our objective is to encourage people to start and grow technology companies!
2. Offering programs that support entrepreneurs and technology companies looking to start, accelerate and grow.
These programs combine elements such as needs assessments, hands on coaching, mentorship, and access to world class expertise - including connections provincially, nationally and internationally.
Our objective is to help entrepreneurs and companies accelerate their growth and maximize their opportunity