How We Support
Guidance from the best
Mentorship and coaching for startups, growth-stage companies, and everything in-between. We’ll start by sitting down with you to learn about you and your business. Our team of experienced Executives-in-Residence have a variety of specialized skill sets, allowing us to support entrepreneurs at all stages of growth.
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SUPPORT AS YOUR GROW
There are three key areas of focus that serve as the backbone to Accelerate Okanagan’s various initiatives. By following these guiding principles, we’re helping #OKGNtech continue to grow—living into our title as one of Canada’s fastest-growing tech communities.
Engage the Willing
Through authentic relationship building, we engage the willing, mobilize the masses, and create a strong sense of belonging and a thriving community.
Unlock the Capital
Through collaboration and network building, we unlock the capital needed to support founders and companies of all types and at every stage of growth.
Coach the Leaders
Through strong mentorship, we coach leaders who are inspired to drive innovation, propel the economy and ultimately build successful anchor companies in our region.
As the Okanagan tech community and companies within it continue to grow, so does our support model. Coined ‘Continuous Acceleration,’ we deliver unique programming for different stages of growth. The reality is, each stage of the entrepreneurial process demands a different set of tools and we are constantly iterating in an effort to meet those needs.
Okanagan Tech Sector
Employed in Tech
Growth Year Over Year
Of Companies Founded by Women
of companies founded by indigenous peoples
Company Survival Rate
Is Accelerate Okanagan a non-profit?
Yes! While we do offer some paid services like membership and mentorship, most of our funding comes from government programs. We also receive some funding from our partners, patrons and sponsors in the community. This allows us to continue providing great services to #OKGNtech without a big price tag.
What areas does Accelerate Okanagan support?
Accelerate Okanagan supports communities from Osoyoos to Salmon Arm. We just opened up a new innovation centre in Vernon!
I’m new to tech/the Okanagan, how can I plug into the tech community?
There are lots of ways to get connected with the Okanagan’s tech community, but networking with members can be the best opportunity. Take a look at our events page to see if anything catches your interest. You’re bound to meet some cool people!
Okay, but what does Accelerate Okanagan do?
TL;DR: Anything we can to support entrepreneurs. Whether it’s connecting them with mentors, coaching, services, partners, or whatever else an entrepreneur may need, chances are we have something to offer.
Can I use Accelerate Okanagan’s lounge?
Due to COVID-19, our lounge is currently not open to the public. But, on any other non-pandemic day, our lounge would be open to the community to enjoy!
What about the coffee? Can I have some of it? It smells good.
Unfortunately, our coffee is for members and OKGNworks tenants. You can sign up for membership (there are more perks than just coffee, we promise) or there is a Blenz coffee shop located on the first floor of the Innovation Centre.
How do I know which program I should apply to?
You don’t have to! If you’re not sure which program is the right fit for where you and your company are, our team can help find the program that’s just right. Apply using our general program application and we’ll figure it out together.
Am I tech enough?
Probably! At Accelerate Okanagan we believe every company can be a tech company. We’re happy to talk more about your business and how Accelerate Okanagan can find the right support you need..
I don’t think I’m ready to join a program just yet…
When joining a mentorship program, it is important to be committed to the process. There are lots of ways to get involved in the #OKGNtech community, connect with our team to find the fit for you.
The times required by the programs are too demanding
We can definitely understand how busy life can get. But, if you can’t dedicate the time towards yourself and your business, how are you going to improve! As the old adage goes: work smart not hard.
I don’t want to have a mentor, they’ll criticize my business
They probably will. But, they’re only sharing recommendations and advice that they see would make drastic improvements to the sustainability of your business! The mentor-founder relationship is one of trust and empathy. Our mentors have all been entrepreneurs, and they’ve all received mentorship throughout their careers. They understand the journey you’re going through and want to make the experience as pleasant and uplifting as possible. They want you to succeed, after all!