Working The Okanagan Way
Immerse yourself in a like-minded community.
#201-460 Doyle Ave Kelowna
Located on the second floor of the Kelowna Innovation Centre and sharing a lounge with the Accelerate Okanagan team, this open concept work space is a home base for tech and social entrepreneurs looking to plug into the Okanangan’s innovation ecosystem.
2933 30th Ave Vernon
The Vernon Innovation & Entrepreneur Workspace (The VIEW) is an innovation centre powered by the Accelerate Okanagan Team located in downtown Vernon. This collaborative space is designed to bring together the community of innovators and creators who call the North Okanagan home.
It’s no secret that the future of work is changing. Entrepreneurs, remote workers, and small teams aren’t looking for office space, they are looking for shared spaces where they can work, connect, and collaborate.
Building strong community, meeting like-minded people, and free coffee are just a few of the benefits of co-working and there is no shortage of shared-space options here in the Okanagan. Here is some intel on our favourites co-working spaces in the Valley, listed from north to south:
Innovate Salmon Arm
Salmon Arm’s new Innovation Centre consists of a makerspace and coworking space! Innovate Salmon Arm is also home to a variety of business accelerator… programs designed to provide mentorship and support for budding entrepreneurs and inventors looking to change the world. Want to work here commitment free? Use a hot desk.
Cowork Vernon is nestled right next to great restaurants, coffee shops, library, and brewpubs [Editor’s note: it’s good to work near beer]. Outside of their… collaborative space, Cowork Vernon also has offices for private phone calls, meeting rooms, and audio recording space so you can start that podcast asap.
Tambellini Design Studio
Tambellini Design is a graphic design and marketing company who started in a basement and understand small business needs. Their team is now offering full-time… and part-time desk rentals, with the option to use boardrooms and meeting rooms. Tambellini Design is looking to be surrounded by like-minded business owners, as they believe that more interaction leads to more innovative thinking and positive energy.
CoLab is a bright and lively co-working space for professionals and creatives looking to meet like-minded people. These master community builders welcome entrepreneurs from all… kinds of industries making it easy to collaborate. They also play host to an ongoing roster of amazing events that are designed to support and connect and teach.
Regus is located in the Landmark Centre and offers a modern workspace for all different types of coworkers; they are not specifically tech or entrepreneur… focused. This co-working space is also very flexible around space rental making it really accessible. One year, one week, one day, one hour? Regus can make that work.
alternaworks is a new co-working space located in the new Sole building in downtown Kelowna. This fresh take on a co-working space offers a ton… of deluxe amenities and services so you can stay focused on your work. The design of the space allows for single desk or small pod rentals for growing teams. [Editor’s note: they have meeting rooms with balconies! Hello sunshine.]
Spaces was initially launched in Amsterdam but now has coworking offices around the globe. Their newest coworking just recently opened in the Innovation Centre. This… dynamic office environment offers more than just four walls and a desk. Professionals and entrepreneurs will find a choice of spaces, from impressive meeting rooms to collaborative desks and laptop charging stations.
One of only three Staples Studios across Canada just opened right here in Kelowna. Staples Studios is unique because of its workshop spaces, podcast studio… and Marmalade Cafe’s second location— did we mention you get discounted printing? There’s always something happening at the Studio—join the crew for Spotlight speaker sessions, seminars, and workshops.
Black Bean House
Black Bean House is an open concept, spacious, and bright office space designed by creatives, for creatives. Black bean offers a laid back productive work… environment. Unique to Black Bean House, you’ll find showers, ergonomic furniture and their bar cart (did someone say happy hour!?). Black Bean offers short-term conference room rentals as well as long-term workspaces.
Big Bear Innovation Centre
Big Bear Software has been building software for over 15 years and this spring they launched their very own coworking space. They know how fast… businesses can change, so when building out their new space they designed it with flexibility in mind. Big Bear has contractors located throughout Western Canada including Calgary, Kelowna, and Penticton—they understand the importance of collaborative workspaces.
Cowork Penticton provides a shared office environment with on-demand resources. That’s right. On. Demand. This group of go-getting entrepreneurs are keen to help you… find your place in the local business community. This venue also plays host to all kinds of cool events and community building activities.