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Partners & Patrons

Accelerate Okanagan is supported through public funding, client and membership fees, and corporate partnerships. We gratefully acknowledge the support we receive from our partners, sponsors, and patrons. With their help, we continue to deliver on our mission to help increase the number of technology companies that start and grow in the Okanagan.

Learn more about the benefits of becoming a partner, sponsor or patron. Contact us at 250-870-9028 or contact@accelerateokanagan.com to arrange a personal meeting.

Accelerate Okanagan’s Core Financial Support

National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)

NRC-IRAP helps innovative small and medium-sized Canadian businesses grow through innovation. Delivered by a network of over …

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National Research Council Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)

NRC-IRAP helps innovative small and medium-sized Canadian businesses grow through innovation. Delivered by a network of over 210 professionals located in more than 100 communities across Canada, NRC-IRAP supports the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) engaged in innovative or technology-driven activities. The Program provides a suite of advisory services, networking and linkages, and non-repayable financial assistance to SMEs. These services are adapted to the SMEs’ industrial, socio-economic and geographic make-up in order to provide a customized response to their development needs.

Innovate BC

Innovate BC encourages the development and application of advanced or innovative technologies to meet the needs of industry i…

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Innovate BC

Innovate BC encourages the development and application of advanced or innovative technologies to meet the needs of industry in BC. They accelerate technology commercialization by supporting startups and developing entrepreneurs. With their partners, BCIC delivers programs and initiatives that promote company growth, resulting in jobs, increased revenue and economic development in BC. BCIC is a Crown Agency of the Province of British Columbia.

Western Economic Diversification Canada

The Western Diversification Program (WDP) is the main program through which Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) make…

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Western Economic Diversification Canada

The Western Diversification Program (WDP) is the main program through which Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) makes strategic investments in initiatives with not-for-profit organizations that enhance and strengthen the economy of Western Canada.

Contributions will be made to projects that support the development and diversification of the western Canadian economy, and activities where economic and/or employment benefits accrue primarily within Western Canada.

The Province of British Columbia

The BC Innovation Council is a Crown Agency of the Province of British Columbia, Canada, and the largest funder of entreprene…

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The Province of British Columbia

The BC Innovation Council is a Crown Agency of the Province of British ColumbiaCanada, and the largest funder of entrepreneurial support programs in the province.

 

BDO

BDO is a leading provider of professional services to clients of all sizes in virtually all business sectors. Our team delive…

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BDO

BDO is a leading provider of professional services to clients of all sizes in virtually all business sectors. Our team delivers a comprehensive range of assurance, accounting, tax, and advisory services, complemented by a deep industry knowledge gained from nearly 100 years working within local communities. As part of the international BDO network, we're able to provide seamless and consistent cross-border services to clients with global needs. As the fifth largest firm worldwide, second largest in BC, and the largest in Kelowna, BDO is a firm that is global in scope, national in coverage, yet remains strongly connected to the local communities it serves. BDO directly serves more Canadian communities than any other accounting firm. BDO is an international network of public accounting, tax, and advisory firms that performs professional services under the name of BDO. With nearly 67,000 people working out of more than 1,400 offices in over 150 countries, the network generates worldwide revenue of $7.60 billion.

Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission

The Economic Development Commission is the Region’s primary business resource. We facilitate economic growth by supporting l…

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Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission

The Economic Development Commission is the Region’s primary business resource.  We facilitate economic growth by supporting local businesses, and attracting new people, companies and investment to the Region.

Fostering growth and expansion of new and existing businesses through the following services:

 · Site visitation

· Referral assistance                                       

· Site selection

· Business climate statistics

· Economic analysis

· Workforce development programs

· Export development

· Agricultural Support Program

· Okanagan Young Professionals Collective

· Foreign Skilled Worker & BC PNP Entrepreneur assistance

· Foreign Direct Investment programs

· Business Planning & Start up guidance

· Business Sector and Educational Workshops

Interior Savings

Interior Savings is the largest credit union headquartered in the interior of BC. They have a network of 21 branches and 15 i…

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Interior Savings

Interior Savings is the largest credit union headquartered in the interior of BC. They have a network of 21 branches and 15 insurance offices located through BC’s Interior; two specialized commercial services centers in Kamloops and Kelowna; and a member service centre providing expanded service to 82,000 members. They give their members the power to live the life they want, with more choices, greater convenience, the right advice, and a greater say in what they do. Their experienced and accredited investment experts can show how to save for the future while their estate planning agents help plan for the unexpected.

KPMG Kelowna

KPMG combines a multi-disciplinary approach with deep practical industry knowledge to help clients meet challenges and respon…

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KPMG Kelowna

KPMG combines a multi-disciplinary approach with deep practical industry knowledge to help clients meet challenges and respond to opportunities. They provide Audit, Tax, and Advisory services and industry insight to help organizations manage risk and performance in the dynamic and challenging environments in which they do business.

Lawson Lundell LLP

Lawson Lundell has one of the leading business law practices in Canada, with extensive experience in all aspects of Canadian …

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Lawson Lundell LLP

Lawson Lundell has one of the leading business law practices in Canada, with extensive experience in all aspects of Canadian corporate and industrial activity, including disruptive and world class technologies. Our technology group acts extensively for investors, entrepreneurs and technology companies from inception, through financing, growth and exit. 

Lawson Lundell was ranked the #1 regional law firm in Canada in 2016 by Chambers Canada, the #1 regional law firm in BC, Alberta and the North by Canadian Lawyer magazine from 2010-2016 and our lawyers have received national and international recognition in numerous legal directories and publications, including: Chambers Global, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Best Lawyers in Canada, Benchmark Canada and Who’s Who Legal. Lawson Lundell has offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Yellowknife and Kelowna.

Okanagan College

Okanagan College is a public post-secondary institution that dates back to 1963 when the BC Vocational School opened its door…

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Okanagan College

Okanagan College is a public post-secondary institution that dates back to 1963 when the BC Vocational School opened its doors in Kelowna. Since then the College has grown and responded to meet the needs of the communities it serves. Okanagan College has campuses in Penticton, Kelowna, Vernon, and Salmon Arm with education centres in Oliver, Summerland, and Revelstoke, and off-site trades training facilities in Salmon Arm, Kelowna and at the airports in both Kelowna and Vernon. Partnerships with industry, community groups and other educational institutions enhance opportunities for citizens of the region served by the College and beyond.

Prospera Credit Union

Building on more than 70 years as a BC credit union, we are the trusted home for families and local businesses, building thei…

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Prospera Credit Union

Building on more than 70 years as a BC credit union, we are the trusted home for families and local businesses, building their financial dreams and prosperity within our communities. As a values-based financial institution, our number one priority is the financial well-being of our members and our dedicated team delivers banking, lending, investing and insurance services through sixteen branches; online and mobile banking and an alternative channel that includes a locally-based Contact Centre and Broker Centre. Through our affiliation with The Exchange network, members also enjoy access to thousands of surcharge free ATMs across Canada (that’s right, no ATM fees). Making life better for everyone is important at Prospera, which has an extensive community investment program devoted to supporting the organizations, events and volunteers that make our BC communities stronger. To learn more, check out Prospera’s Facebook page or visit prospera.ca.

Pushor Mitchell

Pushor Mitchell has deep roots in Kelowna and has seen a lot of change since they began in the early 70s. One thing that has …

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Pushor Mitchell

Pushor Mitchell LLP has been Kelowna's trusted legal advisor of choice for more than forty years. As B.C.'s largest law firm outside of the Lower Mainland, we've developed a unique perspective on how businesses and individuals experience legal challenges. Albert Einstein once observed that "you can't solve new problems with old thinking." We agree. At Pushor Mitchell, we apply the principles of innovation to find solutions in places no one else is looking. By combining expertise and creativity in equal measure, we identify the right outcome for each unique legal challenge that our clients encounter. Other law firms provide alternatives: we provide answers.

University of British Columbia - Okanagan

The University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan campus is an intimate learning community where students intermingle with on…

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University of British Columbia - Okanagan

The University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan campus is an intimate learning community where students intermingle with one another and their professors on a daily basis, while becoming global citizens through interaction with their community and the world. UBC-Okanagan serves the post-secondary education needs of more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students. UBC’s Okanagan campus offers the internationally respected UBC degree, delivering a wide range of interdisciplinary and integrated programs that lets learners explore connections between diverse areas of study.

Canadian Securities Exchange

The Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) provides trade execution, smart routing, risk management, compliance and market inform…

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Canadian Securities Exchange

The Canadian Securities Exchange is home to more than 300 uniquely listed issues covering a broad range of industry sectors.

The exchange provides trade execution, smart routing, risk management, compliance and market information services for Canadian listed instruments.

Recognized as an exchange by the Ontario Securities Commission in 2004, the CSE is designed to facilitate the capital formation process for public companies through a streamlined approach to company regulation that emphasizes disclosure and the provision of efficient secondary market trading services for investors.

For more information please visit www.thecse.com and our blog at blog.thecse.com.

Crowe Mackay

Since our first office opened in 1969, Crowe MacKay has striven to provide a range of financial services to a diverse array o…

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Crowe Mackay

Since our first office opened in 1969, Crowe MacKay has striven to provide a range of financial services to a diverse array of businesses. Our business has grown to eight offices in Northern and Western Canada not only because we deliver consistently exceptional service, but because we attract employees at all levels who are passionate about their work. The April 2016 issue of Bottom Line Magazine ranked Crowe MacKay the 12th largest professional accounting firm in Canada. At Crowe MacKay, we embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and take pride in knowing that our clients are helping to shape the future of the world and we are committed to ensuring your continued growth and success. From small business start-ups to well established companies, our professionals will help to move your company forward. We understand the need to stay on top of innovation and change, which means frequently reassessing products, services and goals. Our professionals work closely with clients to optimize corporate structure and financial performance by providing innovative and practical advice to manage risk and make sound strategic decisions.

We can help with:

  • Audit services
  • Tax planning and preparation, including SR&ED credits
  • Business advisory services
  • Budgeting, forecasting and modeling
  • Valuation 
  • Startup assistance 

Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy LLP

The Kelowna office of Farris is comprised of 12 lawyers and 19 staff who provide full-service legal advice to the technology …

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Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy LLP

The Kelowna office of Farris is comprised of 12 lawyers and 19 staff who provide full-service legal advice to the technology sector and businesses throughout the Okanagan and the Interior. Farris is one of Western Canada’s largest and most respected firms, built on a century-long tradition of excellence. It offers legal services to entrepreneurs and organizations, from early stage tech start-ups through to BC’s largest publicly-traded companies. Whether clients need help locally or globally, our lawyers can assist them in advancing their business interests. The firm has long been a supporter of the technology and innovation sector; with its partners being among the founders of the high technology, science and innovation movements in the Okanagan.

Community Futures North Okanagan

Community Futures North Okanagan is a not-for-profit organization that supports economic development projects and helps our b…

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Community Futures North Okanagan

Community Futures North Okanagan is a not-for-profit organization that supports economic development projects and helps our business community, job-seekers, and employers succeed. As a community-based organization with roots in Vernon dating back to 1984, Community Futures acts as a leader to create opportunities for growth and success across the North Okanagan. A team of nearly 45 staff provides workshops, programs, and services for three departments: Business Services, Employment Services, and Economic Development.

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