News & Blog

  • September 4, 2014

    Accelerate Okanagan Appoints New CEO

    Accelerate Okanagan (AO) has announced the appointment of Pilar Portela as the new CEO of the organization. She will assume responsibilities on September 16th and will succeed Jeff Keen, who has stepped down to pursue an opportunity with a startup technology company.

    Pilar is a relative newcomer to the Okanagan after leaving SBM Site Services in Sacramento, California as their ...

  • August 15, 2014

    FreshGrade Raises $4.3M to Connect Teachers, Students and Parents

    Club Penguin founder Lane Merrifeld sold his kid-safe, massively multiplayer online gaming community to Walt Disney  Co. in 2007 in what amounted to a $350 million deal.

    But he never gave up on the idea that kids should be able to safely use the best of today’s technologies in their daily lives.

    In 2012, he left Disney to co-found an education tech venture called 

  • August 13, 2014

    Startup Chooses BC Over Silicon Valley, Scores Deal with NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks

    Janice Taylor is keen on shaking up the social networking concept.

    Where the likes of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram focus on the “me, me, me,” Taylor’s Just Be Friends network places the emphasis on family and community.

    According to a recent study, 80 percent of people feel they don’t belong to their local community, and almost 33 percent don’t recognize their neighbours. Ta...

  • August 5, 2014

    Samsung Looking for Technology Partnerships

    There is an exciting opportunity ahead for technology companies as Samsung comes to North America searching for partnerships. This major brand has the potential to take a tech company to a much higher level. Representatives are heading to the Bay Area this October in hopes of partnering specific technologies with the Samsung Network Business Division . These representatives are also prepared to...