Startup Basics | Spring 2019

Startup Basics is a classroom style program split into distinct topics. Sessions are presented by Accelerate Okanagan staff, Executives in Residence, mentors, community partners, and alumni. Each session is designed to educate entrepreneurs on the fundamentals needed to transform an idea into a startup.


Session #1 - Laws of Attraction | June 4th, 12pm - 1:30pm

Validate, Validate, Validate! This session is all about talking to customers and validating a product market fit. By the end of this session you will have the proper tools needed to discover if there are customers willing to pay for your product or service. The AO Executive in Residence leading this session will focus on how to approach and learn from potential customers instead of just selling to them.

Session #2 – Pitching Power | June 6th, 12pm - 1:30pm

Whether it is to potential employees, current employees, customers, or investors the pitch is a pivotal part of any business. This session helps you understand the importance of your pitch both within and outside the investor context while providing tips and resources to make your pitch perfect.

Session #3 – Business Building | June 11th, 4:30pm - 6pm

Invent, innovate and ignite your idea into the start of a business with this session on the Business Model Canvas. This extensive session will have you working through a first iteration of a business model canvas with expertise from an AO Executive in Residence. By the end of this session you will be able to form hypotheses about your business model that you can then validate by talking to potential customers.

Session #4 – Legal & Accounting 101 | June 13th, 4:30pm - 6pm

There is no way to escape accountants or lawyers if you want to have a successful business from the beginning. This session includes a wealth of knowledge from Accelerate Okanagan's legal and accounting community partners on financing basics, accounting for startups, overview of company structures, and a compilation of typical legal needs and costs.

* Refunds are not available for Startup Basics sessions

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