No Talk, All Action: Launch a Startup in 54 Hours

We are happy to announce that Accelerate Okanagan is supporting the first ever Startup Weekend Okanagan, taking place March 2nd-4th, 2012 at the Kelowna Innovation Centre.


For those of you who already know what a Startup Weekend event is, this will be very exciting news! For those of you who need to be brought up to speed, Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups!

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. The non-profit organization is headquartered out of Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend events can be found all around the world, from Mongolia to South Africa, France and Brazil. Forbes listed Startup Weekend as a name you need to know in 2011.

Brent Lachman, one of the organizers, said “right now there’s a strong entrepreneurial movement in the Okanagan’s high tech sector. We feel that this budding community will benefit greatly from bringing Startup Weekend to the Valley.”

Jeff Keen, acting CEO of Accelerate Okanagan said, “AO is behind this initiative to support local technology entrepreneurs and to pursue our mission to increase the number of technology companies that start and grow in the Okanagan.”

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes then receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts and the winning teams are announced.

Startup Weekends are specifically designed for entrepreneurs interested in receiving feedback on an idea, looking for a co-founder, or who want to learn a new skill; we also welcome anyone looking to test the entrepreneurial waters. Startup Weekends are risk-free environments where everyone is expected to roll up their sleeves and dive into the exhilarating world of startups.

Success stories include Foodspotting, established during San Francisco’s Start Up Weekend and the Copenhagen startup company, memolane who recently received $2,000,000 investment. Who knows, you could be the next success story. To sign up to get involved in Startup Weekend Okanagan, please check out the website.  It is sure to be a fantastic event.

If you wish to sponsor, judge or be a mentor at the event, please email Brent Lachman on

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