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A HITCHHIKERS GUIDE
TO THE OKANAGAN
TECH STARTUP
COMMUNITY - V2.0
Jeff Keen
Okanagan Centre for Innovation
@4keeners
jeff@...
With the Okanagan Startup Community continuing to
grow – it was time to put out an update to the original
guide published ...
What makes our tech community work?
• Give first philosophy
• Giving back when you make it big
• Grassroots events & activ...
Some notable startup / early stage co’s
Bananatag
Brainy Lantern
Community Sift
Catalyst Healthcare
Data Nerds
eDynamic Le...
Anchor tech companies
Bardel Entertainment
DIRTT
Disney Interactive
Hyper Hippo
KF Aerospace
Med Access - Telus Health
Pro...
Incubators / Accelerators
Accelerate Okanagan
Purppl
Co working spaces
1Space
Co+Lab
Cowork
Private coding schools
Lightho...
Finding capital
Atrium Ventures
Okanagan Angels
Equity – Angel / Seed
SIDIT
BDC
Debt
Finding a job / finding talent
Accelerate Okanagan Job Board
Okanagan Job Match
Meetups
Hosting services
Canhost
RackForce...
Dev / Design / Marketing shops
AcroMedia
Apero Media
Bawtree Software
Beelineweb
Big Bear Software
Brandnetic Studios
Chee...
Events
TEDx Kelowna
TEDx Penticton
Entrepreneurs Unplugged @ Streaming Cafe
Startup Weekend Okanagan
Venture Okanagan
Okan...
Meetups
Lean Coffee
Gaming & Animation Coffee
Drink n’ Draw
Hack Night
UX Breakfast
OKDG Nights
Game Nights
Legal Clinics
...
Okanagan College
Enactus @ OC
Venture Okanagan
Business Student Association
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management...
Volunteer community organizations
Digital Okanagan
Okanagan Changemakers
Okanagan Developer Group
Supportive government fu...
Legal, Finance & Banking
Legal
Pushor Mitchell
Farris Vaughn Wills & Murphy
Gowlings
Finance
KPMG
Grant Thornton
Banking
I...
Websites
www.accelerateokanagan.com
www.okanaganchangemakers.com
www.meetup.com/DigitalOkanagan
www.okdg.org
www.investkel...
How to get involved
• Show up!
• Participate at community events / meet-ups
• Cold email intros are OK
• Do your homework ...
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Hitchhikers Guide to the Okanagan Tech Startup Community 2.0

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With the Okanagan Startup Community continuing to grow – it was time to put out an update to the original guide published back in 2014. The purpose of this guide is to help get the word out and let people know about all the incredible startup activity happening here, and what makes our community so amazing!

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Hitchhikers Guide to the Okanagan Tech Startup Community 2.0

  1. 1. A HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE OKANAGAN TECH STARTUP COMMUNITY - V2.0 Jeff Keen Okanagan Centre for Innovation @4keeners jeff@okanaganinnovation.com Updated March 2nd, 2016
  2. 2. With the Okanagan Startup Community continuing to grow – it was time to put out an update to the original guide published back in 2014. The purpose of this guide is to help get the word out and let people know about all the incredible startup activity happening here, and what makes our community so amazing!
  3. 3. What makes our tech community work? • Give first philosophy • Giving back when you make it big • Grassroots events & activities that support entrepreneurs • Co Working spaces • Service provider support • A strong belief that we can accomplish great things when we all work together and support each other • A local government that believes in and supports entrepreneurship • AMAZING PEOPLE New to the tech community? Something you’re likely to hear: • Awesome. How can I help you?
  4. 4. Some notable startup / early stage co’s Bananatag Brainy Lantern Community Sift Catalyst Healthcare Data Nerds eDynamic Learning FestFeed FreshGrade GetintheLoop GreenStep INhouse Video JA2 JBFSports Karoleena Kinematic Soup Mathtoons Media MouseCall.md Piscine Energetics Predicative Progeny Bio ProSmart Sports Purppl QuestUpon Routezilla Saturn Animation Soil Mate StreetText Syncro Time.ly Upward Solutions Volinsprire WTFast.com Worldtech Solutions X1 Aeronautics Yetifarm Creative
  5. 5. Anchor tech companies Bardel Entertainment DIRTT Disney Interactive Hyper Hippo KF Aerospace Med Access - Telus Health Procera Networks QHR Technologies Stardyne Technologies Winward Software
  6. 6. Incubators / Accelerators Accelerate Okanagan Purppl Co working spaces 1Space Co+Lab Cowork Private coding schools Lighthouse Labs
  7. 7. Finding capital Atrium Ventures Okanagan Angels Equity – Angel / Seed SIDIT BDC Debt
  8. 8. Finding a job / finding talent Accelerate Okanagan Job Board Okanagan Job Match Meetups Hosting services Canhost RackForce Networks Inc. Tenzing Managed IT Services
  9. 9. Dev / Design / Marketing shops AcroMedia Apero Media Bawtree Software Beelineweb Big Bear Software Brandnetic Studios Cheeky Monkey Media Csek Creative Galaxy Bomb GetOn Marketing Inc. Good Sir Ignite Design Isotope 12 Creative John van der Woude Martketer Navigator Multimedia Odd Pixel Pixel Savvy Propeller Brand Roketo SageKey Software S33 Creative Shane Austin UX Design Consulting Spun Studios Straw House Labs Top Search Result Twin Creek Media Twirling Umbrellas
  10. 10. Events TEDx Kelowna TEDx Penticton Entrepreneurs Unplugged @ Streaming Cafe Startup Weekend Okanagan Venture Okanagan Okanagan Tech Community – New Year Kickoff Party http://www.accelerateokanagan.com/events/ Conferences METABRIDGE
  11. 11. Meetups Lean Coffee Gaming & Animation Coffee Drink n’ Draw Hack Night UX Breakfast OKDG Nights Game Nights Legal Clinics MAD Nights Art Brew TechgURLS Life Drawn #devKL Vernon #geekbeers Tech Talk Penticton Startup Drinks Financial Clinics Programming Square One http://www.meetup.com/DigitalOkanagan/ You can find out more information including event registration here:
  12. 12. Okanagan College Enactus @ OC Venture Okanagan Business Student Association Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Mobile Coding Program University of British Columbia - Okanagan Entrepreneurship Boot Camp e@UBC Seed Fund Survive and Thrive Applied Research Innovation Library
  13. 13. Volunteer community organizations Digital Okanagan Okanagan Changemakers Okanagan Developer Group Supportive government funded agencies Okanagan Young Professionals Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission Women’s Enterprise Centre Community Futures NRC-IRAP Kelowna
  14. 14. Legal, Finance & Banking Legal Pushor Mitchell Farris Vaughn Wills & Murphy Gowlings Finance KPMG Grant Thornton Banking Interior Savings
  15. 15. Websites www.accelerateokanagan.com www.okanaganchangemakers.com www.meetup.com/DigitalOkanagan www.okdg.org www.investkelowna.com www.okanaganinnovation.com Startup friendly hangout spots Bike Shop Café Streaming Café Accelerate Okanagan BNA Brewing Co. Bean Scene Bliss Bakery
  16. 16. How to get involved • Show up! • Participate at community events / meet-ups • Cold email intros are OK • Do your homework – have a specific clear ask – keep it short – don’t waste busy peoples time – make it easy to say yes • Warm email intros are best • Be authentic, be helpful and #givefirst
  17. 17. Opening November 2016….

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