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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.

 

Capri Insurance

As a local independently owned insurance brokerage that started small, we know about people. Every valued client we have toda…

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Capri Insurance

As a local independently owned insurance brokerage that started small, we know about people. Every valued client we have today was once a stranger looking for help. Currently, Capri is the largest privately owned general insurance brokerage in the Okanagan. We are 280 people strong with 11 offices across the Okanagan, Lower Mainland, Prince George and Ontario. Our company continues to grow based on reputation of integrity, fairness and commitment to family.

As an insurance broker Capri Insurance has access to over 120 insurance markets including the world's largest underwriters who locate or design competitive and innovative insurance products. Capri Insurance looks for ways to provide new services and value to our clients as such we have created strong partnerships to differentiate ourselves and provide broader service to our clients.

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

Gowlings

As one of Canada’s largest law firms, Gowlings know how to create, enhance and protect real business value. With more than 75…

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Gowlings

As one of Canada’s largest law firms, Gowlings know how to create, enhance and protect real business value. With more than 750 business-savvy legal professionals active in key global industries, they provide their clients with pragmatic commercial advice. They have been a trusted business partner to many of Canada’s largest organizations for over a century, and have built a solid reputation for delivering creative, effective and valuable solutions to complex business matters.

Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton LLP is a firm of chartered accountants, management consultants, and other professional advisors serving entrep…

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Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton LLP is a firm of chartered accountants, management consultants, and other professional advisors serving entrepreneurial people and organizations Canada-wide. They are one of the world’s leading organizations who help dynamic organizations unlock their potential for growth by providing meaningful, forward looking advice. More than 35,000 Grant Thornton people, across over 100 countries, are focused on making a difference to clients, colleagues and their communities.

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.