Unlock the Capital
For Angel Investors and Entrepreneurs from All Walks of Life
One of the biggest challenges facing entrepreneurs is accessing growth capital. If we want to build a healthy innovation ecosystem and entrepreneurial community, this is a problem we cannot afford to ignore. Unlocking capital for entrepreneurs in our community through collaboration and network building is just one of the many ways Accelerate Okanagan is supporting founders and companies of all types and at every stage of growth.
The OKGN Angel Summit is designed to bridge the gap between companies looking for growth capital and investors looking for investable companies. The 4th annual OKGN Angel Summit is back with it’s 10-week program that starts January 2022. This year will be bigger than ever before with the Summit now expanding to companies from all of Western Canada.
For details and more information on the Summit, please our visit website.
Journey to the Summit
Applications & Reviews
Investors meet and gain details around the investing process. Reviews are conducted on every business that has applies.
24 businesses are chosen to pitch at the Quarter Finals. All of the selected companies receive training for investment readiness.
Top 24 Pitch to Investors
Top 24 deliver 3-minute pitches to investors, followed by breakouts rooms and networking time between companies and investors.
The list of participating businesses is narrowed down to 12. Remaining companies receive additional investment training.
Top 12 Pitch to Investors
The finalists deliver 10-minute pitches to investors, followed by breakouts rooms and networking time between companies and investors.
Investors reduce the number of participants down to the final 6. Companies and investors receive training in the due diligence process.
Due Diligence Investigation
Investors break into teams and undergo the due diligence process with finalists, diving deep into the structure and viability of the remaining businesses.
In a public grand finale, the final 6 companies make their last 5-minute pitch to investors. Investors deliberate and announce who will take home the $150K investment.
Elevate Your Pitch
Climb to the Summit
Building a business is challenging. Are you a founder of growing a company that’s looking for investment to help scale? Join the climb to the 2022 OKGN Angel Summit and open yourself to a world of possibilities.
Participating companies will have opportunities to learn alongside fellow entrepreneurs and network with active investors as they work their way towards the March 2022 Finale. Cost to participate is $199 if purchased on or before December 10, or if you are an Accelerate Okanagan member. $299 if purchased after December 10.
Angels at the Summit
Invest in 2022 Fund
We’ve learned that investors have the ability to perform better when they are investing as a group and learning from diverse perspectives. If you are a new or experienced investor who wants to see change in the world, the OKGN Angel Summit is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.
Investors must be accredited to participate. Many individuals working in tech qualify to be accredited but just don’t know it yet. Investing the fund is a total cost of $5500.00 CAD, with $5,000.00 for adding to the Fund and $500 for administrative fees.
This experience has been fantastic for me. I’ve relearned how to connect with investors and learned what they care about. I feel like I now know how to communicate my message to potential investors.
Get Ready. Get Excited.
We are now accepting new investors and new companies to participate in the 2022 Summit. It all kicks off in January, learn more by visiting the website.Visit OKGNangelsummit.com
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have to be a tech company to participate?
Nope! Any company is eligible to apply.
Why do I have to pay a fee as a participating company?
The fee is not a fee to pitch. Instead, it’s a program fee which allows access to training, the finale, experts, and much more as you progress through the summit.
Can I edit my application if I apply early?
Yes! All applications submitted early can be edited up until the official deadline.
I am new to investing, am I still a fit?
Yes! Both new and existing investors can participate in the summit. This is a great opportunity to learn, build connections, and network with the BC startup community.
What is the time commitment for Investors?
There is a 2-5 hour per week time commitment for 10 weeks (depending on what activities are happening). This is not time sitting in a classroom being lectured, it’s hands-on investing which includes learning how to review applications, vet pitches, and conduct due diligence.
What is the time commitment for companies?
There is a 2-5 hour per week time commitment for the 10 weeks of actual programming. Depending on your experience with raising capital, you may need to put in additional time to prepare materials such as pitch decks, data room, and definition valuation.
Do I have to be located in the Okanagan/Kelowna to participate?
Companies from Western Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories and the Yukon) are eligible to participate. Investors do need to be located in the Okanagan, however. If you fall outside of these geographical boundaries we would be happy to connect and share other opportunities for you to engage.