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Female Founders Funders and Fortifiers Speaker Series

13 October 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

We are excited to kick off the new Female Founders Funders and Fortifiers Series with a fall speaker series in collaboration with BDC Capital’s Women in Technology Venture Fund.

We are connecting women in tech throughout the Okanagan to celebrate gender equity and promote the advancement of women in the tech space. During this event, you will hear from RainStick’s Alisha McFetridge and WEL (Okanagan) WMAN‘s Carollynn Schafer discuss the recent investment made into Alisha’s company through WEL (Okanagan) Fund 1. You will also have a chance to ask questions and learn from these experienced women.Join us as they share their success story! Plus, stay tuned for some fun news and updates from BDC Capital’s Women in Technology Venture Fund (more info coming soon!)


12:00-12:15 Networking

12:15-12:45 Fireside Chat with Alisha & Carollynn

12:45-1:30 Networking

Complimentary coffee, tea and light lunch will be provided.

About Alisha McFetridge

Alisha is the co-founder and CEO of RainStick, a clean technology company committed to building water technology products that drive the future of water conservation and allow people to thrive on only 50 litres of water per day without compromise. Alisha holds an MSc in Climate Change and Development and a Bachelor in International Business, majoring in Sustainability. Alisha has worked with high-growth technology companies including Disney’s Club Penguin and Bananatag and has spent time working in Kenya, China, The Netherlands, the United States and Canada, where she currently lives today. She’s built RainStick Shower, North America’s first circular shower that saves 80% water and up to 80% energy while providing almost 2X the flow rate. RainStick won Best of Innovation at CES 2022 (out of 1800 companies), Best of KBIS 2022 (Gold) and has been featured in Wall Street Journal, Forbes and the Toronto Sun.

About Carollynn Schafer

Carollynn is an active angel investor and lawyer. She obtained her law degree from the University of Victoria and spent her first 8 years as a lawyer at a corporate firm in Winnipeg focusing on Technology, IP and Privacy law. Carollynn has experience in working with technology start-ups as well as social enterprises. She has developed a knowledge of both spaces from her involvement as a shareholder and an advisor and this combination gives her a unique perspective into the challenges faced by start-ups.


13 October 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Accelerate Okanagan
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201-460 Doyle Ave
Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 0C2 Canada
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