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October – November 2014

Funding and Support Programs for Startups @ Kelowna Innovation Centre
Oct 31 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

There are many funding and support programs in Canada that can help startup entrepreneurs and small and medium businesses.

Join Brea Retzlaff for this one hour informative session where he will discuss the programs most relevant to technology companies.

This event is brought to you by Accelerate Okanagan.

@Agile Okanagan #8: Lessons Learned from migrating to agile / SCRUM developement @ co+Lab
Nov 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

AgileOK #8: “Lessons Learned from migrating to Agile / SCRUM development processes”

Guest Speaker : Dr. James Yu, Ph.D ~ Lecturer, Computer Science, UBCO

James was the senior software project manager of this project and will give a history of how (and why) they migrated from a traditional plan driven (CMM 2-3) / PLC “interactive rational” method to an Agile / SCRUM approach.

There were a number of mistakes that they made along the way that he would do differently now.

About Agile Okanagan

This meetup group is an agile experience discussion group for software and other professionals to promote and support the use of agile methodologies in the workplace. Agile is a development methodology proven to deliver products faster and with higher quality in situations where customer requirements are largely unknown and/or rapidly moving marketplaces. Popular agile methodologies include Scrum, XP and Kanban.

This event is targeted to Developers, UX/UI designers, Business Analysts, Product Owners, Product Managers, Project Managers, Start-up founders, Quality Assurance Analysts and Technical Writers or for anyone who wishes to implement Agile in their workplace or understand more about it.

In future sessions we will discuss different agile methodologies in depth, run workshops that feature hands-on exercises, discover different agile ceremonies and roles, discuss controversial topics such as “Does sprint 0 really exist?” and “how to set realistic expectations within your organization”, learn different techniques for agile planning and estimating, communicating requirements and incorporating automated testing and much more.

Hosted at @okcolab / organized by @marinajgarrison. Follow the event conversation @agileok.

This event brought to you by Digital Okanagan.

Legal OneOnOne
Nov 3 @ 10:00 pm – Nov 4 @ 1:00 am

Our FREE Legal OneOnOne sessions are a great opportunity for growth tech companies in the Okanagan to get advice and direction from AO Partner, Gowlings.




Gowlings offers expert advice and guidance on topics such as:

  • Basic Legal Issues and Documents for Early Stage Ventures Incorporation
  • Corporate Due Diligence
  • Confidentiality, Non-Circumvention and Protection of Corporate Interests
  • Agreements Organizing and Structuring your Venture
  • Beta and End User Licensing Licensing
  • Considerations Software Support Agreements
  • Intellectual Property Disclaimer
  • Information Exit Strategy Requirements.

Interested in booking a 45 minute session? Email us at and we’ll set you up with a phone call or a Skype meeting.

Need financial or HR advice? Check our events calendar for Financial and HR OneOnOne sessions.

This event is brought to you by Accelerate Okanagan.

Life After UBCO: Building a Career in Tech @ EME 1101, Engineering, Management and Education Building
Nov 5 @ 12:30 am – 1:30 am


Technology is the fastest growing industry in the Okanagan. Come and listen to the weird and unconventional paths these young professionals took to get their awesome jobs in tech.

Panelists include:
·        Reid Schretlen – Program Director at INhouse Video Production Training
·        Justin Snopek – Software Developer at Procera Networks
·        Becky Parisotto – Senior Project Manager at Acro Media Inc
·        Stephen Smithbower – CTO at Mathtoons Media Inc.

The format will be casual and interactive featuring alumni, technical and non-technical panelists. Interested in a career in tech, come find out more!

Cryptos & Convos @ TBD
Nov 5 @ 2:00 am – 4:30 am

A bi-weekly gathering of digital-currency enthusiasts, activists, evangelists and newbies getting together to learn and discover the latest in Bitcoin, blockchain and related technologies.

They’re all just learning and trying to have fun. If you’re mildly curious, check it out.

This event is brought to you by Digital Okanagan.

UBCO Speed-Networking & Social @ Richard S. Hallisey Atrium (EME Building)
Nov 5 @ 2:00 am – 5:00 am

UBCO invites you to participate in the Career Days Speed-Networking & Social, this year’s biggest networking event at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

You’ll discover how UBC students and soon-to-be graduates can be an ideal addition to your workplace—either in internship, co-op, or long-term roles: they’re bright, motivated, hard-working, and they’re educated in the latest theories and technologies. More generally, this event is about engaging UBC’s students with its surrounding communities.

When: Tuesday, November 4 | 5 – 8 p.m.
Where: UBC’s Okanagan campus – Richard S. Hallisey Atrium (EME Building)

Career Days is a way for UBC to offer transformative learning experiences for its students while developing meaningful, mutually beneficial partnerships with its local communities—both of which are part of the university’s core commitments. We hope you can join us to explore how a relationship between your organization and UBC’s students can be a positive and powerful one.

For more information:

To register:

For any questions or additional information, contact Rhys Mahannah ( or 250.807.9623) or Jamie Snow ( or 250.807.9206).

Hope to see you there!

This event is brought to you by the University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus.

What We Do Session @ Kelowna Innovation Centre
Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Want to know more about Accelerate Okanagan? Think you want to join us or one of our programs but not sure? Sign up for free to one of our “What We Do” information sessions:




  • every 2 weeks at our Kelowna Innovation Centre
  • small group format 60 – 90 minutes
  • provides an overview of Accelerate Okanagan
  • provides details of our programs and activities
  • an opportunity to meet our team
  • Q & A And free coffee!

Come along and find out how Accelerate Okanagan can help you start and grow your opportunity! Make sure to reserve your spot by registering above.

This event is brought to you by Accelerate Okanagan.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Selling with Ian Selbie @ Rotary Centre for the Arts
Nov 5 @ 11:00 pm – Nov 6 @ 1:00 am

One of the biggest challenges facing startups is sales. You have build a prototype or a product, but none of it matters if only a handful of people are using it.

Come and learn implementable best practices and hacks to take your sales game to a new level while avoiding the common mistakes in the sales process. Ian Selbie, CEO and President of SalesLook and a former top sales person for Apple will be in Kelowna to run a hands-on workshop “The 7 Deadly Sins of Selling” for startup entrepreneurs. You will leave this workshop with real tips, tricks, and best practices to implement immediately within your company.

About Ian Selbie:

True success in the world of consultative selling requires a life long commitment to continual learning. Ian has been a student of the consultative selling process for over 20 years training over 15,000 people in seven countries.

Ian’s sales achievements demonstrate his adaptability, creativity and unique approach to solving strategic business challenges for his customers. While with Apple Computer, Ian was recognized as the “Top Sales Person in the World”, for his successes in developing corporate accounts. Ian also received 6 President Club awards in 9 years.

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Financial OneOnOne @ Kelowna Innovation Centre
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Our FREE Financial OneOnOne sessions are a great opportunity for tech companies and entrepreneurs to get advice and direction from AO Partner, Grant Thornton.




Grant Thornton offers expert advice and guidance on topics such as:

  • Business structure and related reporting and tax implications
  • Business plan preparation and the financial components
  • Understanding financial statements
  • Budgeting
  • Bringing in investors
  • Shareholder loans Compensation: Salary vs. Dividends
  • Equipment: buying vs. leasing

Interested in booking a 45 minute session? Email us at and we’ll set you up with a face to face or a Skype meeting.

Need legal or HR advice? Check out our calendar for Legal and HR OneOnOne sessions.

This event is brought to you by Accelerate Okanagan.

Meet Up & Write! @ Bean Scene HQ
Nov 9 @ 11:00 pm – Nov 9 @ 12:00 am

Please bring your current projects, or come along and start something new. If you need to concentrate, remember to bring your headphones.

This event is brought to you by Kelowna Write Now.

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