The Unite Startup Story

Our Venture Acceleration Program (VAP) at work.

Accelerate Okanagan (AO) exists to give new and growing technology-driven businesses the mentorship, connections and community they need to thrive. Our most utilized program is the Venture Acceleration Program or VAP. The VAP is for entrepreneurs who are committed to starting a company, are working on a minimum viable product (MVP), and can validate that people will not only pay for the product but a large enough market exists for that product.

“The VAP program really helps an entrepreneur by providing constant mentorship, being paired with an Entrepreneur in Residence for bi-weekly meetings, and connects them to a community of other entrepreneurs so they don’t feelalone”  says AO Programs Strategist, Andrew Greer. “The program keeps them accountable, focused, provides structured content, best practices, and then it adds the mentorship to allow them to grow the company.” 

You’ve probably heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child”, the same can be said about an entrepreneur. As there are already many barriers to entering the world of entrepreneurship, Accelerate Okanagan offers two six-month VAP scholarships. Unite (a social activity mobile app), was the winner of one of these scholarships in 2016. Here’s a glimpse into their startup journey with AO.AO_Info Unite Blog_1.1_AD_UPDATED.png

The Unite app founders, Jesse and Jay, believe that being active, trying new things, and gaining new experiences is what leads to a happy life and lasting memories. There is no question, based on these metrics during their time with AO, that they practice what they preach. 

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Since 2011, VAP has helped over 200 companies start and grow in the Okanagan. These VAP companies contribute to the 1.3 billion dollar tech industry that has been growing at a rate of 15% per year. As a result, Okanagan entrepreneurs and their teams have a huge positive impact on the growth and diversity of our communities.

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