The funding and support landscape for entrepreneurs and businesses is shifting every day. It can be challenging to stay up to date on incentives and opportunities are available. That's where Accelerate Okanagan can help.
Our monthly Funding and Support sessions seek to create a space where businesses can connect with experts in the community and receive assistance in accessing resources currently available. Whether it be government or local incentives, grants, loans or hiring.
We hope to see you at this month's session as Accelerate Okanagan's Community Manager, Alex Goodhew talks about hiring co-op students. Alex is joined by Kathryn Hall from Okanagan College, Mindi Gobbi from the University of Northern British Columbia, Dawn Sheldon from the University of British Columbia Okanagan, and Jessi Guercio from Thompson Rivers University.
During this session we will be diving into tips and tricks for hiring co-op students, co-op hiring incentives and grants to be aware of, how to work alongside academic institutions, and will do our best to answer any questions you have. This is a great opportunity to network with 4 different co-op offices so that you can increase your chances of finding a student that is the best fit for your co-op role.
About our presenters:
Kathryn Hall (she/her), Okanagan College is a Coordinator in the Okanagan College Student, Graduate and Co-op Employment Centre. She is an Okanagan College Alumni and former co-op student herself.
Mindy Gobbi (she/her), University of Northern British Columbia currently lives and works on the unceded ancestral lands of the Lheidli T'enneh Nation. She is currently a Co-operative Education Marketing and Engagement Project Coordinator at UNBC.
Dawn Sheldon (she/her), UBC Okanagan is the Marketing & Engagement Project Coordinator in the Interdisciplinary Co-op Program Office at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, located on the unceded territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation.
Jessi Guercio (he/him), Thompson Rivers University is a Bachelor of Business Administration graduate with a double major in Human Resources & Marketing from TRU. Jessi has been with Thompson Rivers University for close to five years. First starting off as a Student Recruiter-Advisor in the Future Students Office and now as the Employer Liaison Coordinator with the CEL team.
The session will be held virtually to allow for greater accessibility across the interior.
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