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Founder Hot Seat – Pitch Event

15 November 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Pitch Your Visionary Idea

Do you have a visionary idea for an impactful business ? Could you use honest feedback on your ideas from experienced advisors and entrepreneurs who’ve been there? Then join us for the Founder Hot Seat event.

During this event, founders will present their ideas to a panel, who will then evaluate each presentation, and provide helpful feedback. Even if you don’t want to present, you are invited to register, hear startup ideas, and watch how the experts analyze and critique new businesses.

How Hot Seat Works

Want to pitch? Submit your idea!

Submit your idea and we’ll send you feedback on your application in advance of the event. A maximum of 5 entrants will be selected. Pitch will be hosted at Okanagan coLab will be in person with a small live audience.

Looking for a pitch format to follow? Start with Founder Institute’s one-sentence pitch framework to help you begin:

The format is strictly a 5-minute pitch with 5 minutes panel feedback.

Ideal for:

  • Anyone who wants feedback from leading entrepreneurs
  • Anyone who has an idea for a startup or an early-stage company
  • Anyone who needs practice and expert advice on pitching
The Format

Founders submit their pitch to be accepted to present in front of an audience and judges in the “hot seat”.

Be prepared to answer questions such as:

  • What have you done to date about your idea? I.e. business research, contact with suppliers, sales, etc.
  • What do you believe you need to do next to move your idea forward? What’s your biggest concern?

Even if you don’t want to present, you are invited to register, hear startup ideas, and watch how the experts analyze and critique new businesses. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll learn what “KPI” stands for. Fun times!

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Presented By

Okanagan coLab: Founded in 2011, coLab is the Okanagan’s premier coworking space. With over 100 members, coLab is a space for independent professionals and remote workers to network, socialize, and get stuff done. Whether it’s the professional environment that motivates you to be more productive, the ample networking opportunities that lead to your next big move, or just the fact that you actually have a place to meet clients that isn’t a coffee shop, coLab allows you to work more effectively.

Community Partner

Accelerate Okanagan (AO) is a not-for-profit organization that gives entrepreneurs the mentorship, connections, and community they need to build technology-driven ventures. At Accelerate Okanagan we work with everyone from students to well-established companies. Aspiring entrepreneurs, startups, job seekers, career-changers, companies looking to expand and grow, and companies with proven track records come to Accelerate Okanagan to learn and foster their success. Our programs are designed to meet the ever-changing needs of our community.

Community Partner

Valhalla Angels: Established in 2003, (long before the Dens & the Tanks), Valhalla Angels is a community of Canada’s top angel investors (home to Canada’s angel of the year in 2018 & 2019). We provide constructive guidance to all startups that apply to pitch to our members, as we wish to see our innovative communities grow and succeed. In addition our members are continually giving back to their community through volunteering their time, experience and guidance. We have 4 active chapters in Western Canada and operate under a five-pillar business model under the parent, Valhalla Private Capital – education, training, advisory services, angel network and funds.

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15 November 2023
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Okanagan coLab
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Okanagan coLab
1405 Saint Paul Street ##201
Kelowna, BC V1Y 2E4 Canada
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