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Accelerate Okanagan is partnering up with Techstars and a group of community sponsors and stakeholders with the intent of supporting the growth of the Okanagan technology ecosystem. On behalf of Techstars, Chris Heivly will be coming to the Okanagan to start this Community Pilot at the end of August, 2017.

Chris is an investor and entrepreneur who co-founded MapQuest, managed a $25M corporate venture fund, co-founded The Startup Factory (a Techstars-like accelerator) and has led various early-stage Companies as CEO/COO. Chris recently joined Techstars to leverage their collective experiences to help communities like ours to optimize their ecosystem goals through these Community projects.

Four Key Project Milestones
Okanagan Visit

Techstars’ Chris Heivly visits the Okanagan Valley and meets with community members in Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton

Community Assessment

Chris and the Techstars team develop a community assessment against Techstars scorecard and present it to Accelerate Okanagan.

Road-mapping

3, 6, and 12 month roadmaps where Techstars provides insights, tools, and resources to help support and develop a stronger tech ecosystem in the Okanagan.

Implementation

Ongoing implementation of the suggested roadmap approaches to form a foundational vision for community members to rally around.

Goals and Outcomes

·  Injection of energy and methodology in the local tech industry

·  Increased engagement between academia, investors, tech companies, community support organizations, government, and media

·  Insight into the future of the community economic development through the lens of a high-growth startup ecosystem

·  Situating the Okanagan as a leader in community development within the tech sector

·  Immersion into the highest quality entrepreneurial ecosystem worldwide

·  Gaining insight, tools, and resources alongside a roadmap to help support and develop a stronger tech ecosystem in the Okanagan

·  Discovering areas for growth and form a foundational vision for community members to rally around

·  Accelerated growth of the Okanagan startup community beyond what would happen organically

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