A HITCHHIKERS GUIDE
TO THE OKANAGAN
TECH STARTUP
COMMUNITY
Jeff Keen
CEO, Accelerate Okanagan
@4keeners
jeff@accelerateoka...
With the Okanagan Startup Community continuing to
grow - it was time to put together a guide to help get the
word out and ...
What makes our community work?
• Volunteer community organizations
• Engaged leaders
• Give before you get attitude
• Givi...
Some notable startups
2 Hat Security
Bananatag
Blur Sports
Carrot Analytics
Counterpart Technologies
DealerAdLink
Delta Sa...
Meetups
Lean Coffee
Gaming & Animation Coffee
Drink n’ Draw
Hack Night
UX Breakfast
OKDG Nights
Game Nights
Legal Clinics
...
Events
TEDx Kelowna
TEDx Penticton
Entrepreneurs Unplugged
Startup Weekend Okanagan
Startup Week Okanagan
Venture Okanagan...
Conferences
metabridge
Volunteer Community Organizations
Okanagan Young Professionals
Digital Okanagan
Okanagan Changemake...
Okanagan College
Enactus @ OC
Venture Okanagan
Young Entrepreneur Program
Business Student Association
Entrepreneurship an...
University of British Columbia - Okanagan
Entrepreneurship Boot Camp
Entrepreneurship Club
Entrepreneurship@UBC
e@UBC Seed...
Incubators / Accelerators
Accelerate Okanagan
Co Working Spaces
Co+Lab
Co+Engine
Cowork
Accelerate Okanagan
Dev / Design Shops
AcroMedia
Apero Media
Bawtree Software
Beelineweb
Big Bear Software
Brandnetic Studios
Cheeky Monkey Me...
Startup Friendly Big Co’s
Disney Interactive
Procera Networks
QHR Technologies
DIRTT
Finding a Job / Finding Talent
Accele...
Legal, Finance & Banking
Legal
Pushor Mitchell
Farris Vaughn Wills & Murphy
Gowlings
Finance
KPMG
Grant Thornton
Banking
I...
Web sites
www.accelerateokanagan.com
www.okanaganchangemakers.com
www.meetup.com/DigitalOkanagan
www.okdg.org
www.investke...
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A Hitchhikers Guide to the Okanagan Tech Startup Community

  1. 1. A HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE OKANAGAN TECH STARTUP COMMUNITY Jeff Keen CEO, Accelerate Okanagan @4keeners jeff@accelerateokanagan.com Updated May 7th, 2014
  2. 2. With the Okanagan Startup Community continuing to grow - it was time to put together a guide to help get the word out and let people know about all the incredible startup activity happening here, and what make our community so awesome! I would like to thank Brea Retzlaff, Shane Austin and Andrew Greer for their contributions in pulling this information together – thanks guys!
  3. 3. What makes our community work? • Volunteer community organizations • Engaged leaders • Give before you get attitude • Giving back when you make it big • Grassroots events & activities that support entrepreneurs • Meetup Groups • International Airport • World class education institutions • Co Working spaces • Service provider support • Big company support • AMAZING PEOPLE
  4. 4. Some notable startups 2 Hat Security Bananatag Blur Sports Carrot Analytics Counterpart Technologies DealerAdLink Delta Safety Tech eDynamic Learning Find it EZ Software FreshGrade GetintheLoop GreenStep HuStream Hyper Hippo Jupiter Avionics Corp Just be Friends Kinematic Soup Mathtoons Media Mind Festival Learning Norada Progeny Bio ProSmart Sports QuestUpon Routezilla Saturn Animation Soil Mate StreetText Time.ly Upward Solutions Visitcan WTFast.com X1 Aeronautics Yeti Farm Creative
  5. 5. 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:
  6. 6. Events TEDx Kelowna TEDx Penticton Entrepreneurs Unplugged Startup Weekend Okanagan Startup Week Okanagan Venture Okanagan Okanagan Tech Community – New Year Kickoff Party http://www.accelerateokanagan.com/events/
  7. 7. Conferences metabridge Volunteer Community Organizations Okanagan Young Professionals Digital Okanagan Okanagan Changemakers Okanagan Developer Group
  8. 8. Okanagan College Enactus @ OC Venture Okanagan Young Entrepreneur Program Business Student Association Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Social Entrepreneurship Technology Education Program
  9. 9. University of British Columbia - Okanagan Entrepreneurship Boot Camp Entrepreneurship Club Entrepreneurship@UBC e@UBC Seed Fund Enactus @ UBCO Young Women Professional Development Club Investment Club Mechatronics and Robotics Club UILO Startup Services Voucher
  10. 10. Incubators / Accelerators Accelerate Okanagan Co Working Spaces Co+Lab Co+Engine Cowork Accelerate Okanagan
  11. 11. Dev / Design Shops AcroMedia Apero Media Bawtree Software Beelineweb Big Bear Software Brandnetic Studios Cheeky Monkey Media Galaxy Bomb GetOn Marketing Inc. Good Sir Hiilite Creative Group Ignite Design Isotope 12 Creative John van der Woude Kazia Mullin Digital Strategist Odd Pixel Pixel Savvy Propeller Brand Roketo S33 Creative Shane Austin UX Design Consulting Software Modelers Spun Studios Syndicate Theory Top Search Result Tulip Consulting Twin Creek Media Twirling Umbrellas Volta Design
  12. 12. Startup Friendly Big Co’s Disney Interactive Procera Networks QHR Technologies DIRTT Finding a Job / Finding Talent Accelerate Okanagan Job Board Meetups
  13. 13. Legal, Finance & Banking Legal Pushor Mitchell Farris Vaughn Wills & Murphy Gowlings Finance KPMG Grant Thornton Banking Interior Savings Vantage One Credit Union
  14. 14. Web sites www.accelerateokanagan.com www.okanaganchangemakers.com www.meetup.com/DigitalOkanagan www.okdg.org www.investkelowna.com Startup Friendly Hangout Spots Bike Shop Café Streaming Café Accelerate Okanagan Train Station Pub

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