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Oct 10, 2019 

Accelerate Okanagan Announces New CEO

The Accelerate Okanagan (AO) Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Brea Lake as the new CEO for the organization. Lake, who has been the Acting CEO for the past 9 months, will assume the full-time position effective immediately. 

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October 1, 2019 

Accelerate Okanagan Makes Move to Unlock the Capital for Local Entrepreneurs

Local Startup and Scale Up companies will have more access to capital than ever before thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada. Accelerate Okanagan recently signed a funding agreement. 



September 20, 2019

First Annual Future of Health Forum Focused on Research and Innovation in Cancer Care

Accelerate Okanagan, BC Cancer, Interior Health, and The University of British Columbia have joined forces to host an annual forum on the Future of Health.



September 12, 2019

Accelerate Okanagan Secures Funding to Support Regional Scale Up Companies

Western Economic Diversification Canada, announced investments of $2,855,550 through their Regional Innovation Ecosystem fund to support Accelerate Okanagan (AO) and the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC).


July 23, 2019

Accelerate Okanagan Develops 5 Year Strategic Priorities and Launches Search for Next CEO

Accelerate Okanagan has taken the time to pause, reflect and reimagine the future of OKGNtech and through this work have built a new set of strategic priorities.



September 20, 2018

New study shows Okanagan tech sector is growing fast; contributes over $1.6 billion to regional economy 

A new study commissioned by Accelerate Okanagan in conjunction with the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) shows that the Okanagan region’s technology sector is booming.



January 11, 2018

Entrepreneurs and Tech Companies to Benefit from Enhanced Acceleration Programs

Accelerate Okanagan to expand programs to target clean technology, indigenous entrepreneurs and communities in rural British Columbia.


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December 12, 2017

Techstars Reveals Results of Community Pilot in the Okanagan and Highlights Next Steps

On Thursday, December 7th, 2017 Chris Heivly, Executive in Residence at Techstars, returned to the Okanagan to share findings from an assessment of the Okanagan startup ecosystem. Results were revealed to members of the startup community, partners, and the Accelerate Okanagan team.


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December 07, 2017

Cascadia Venture Acceleration Network Signs MOU

A new partnership among British Columbia, Washington and Oregon boosts innovation by introducing startups to cross-border funding and collaboration opportunities.


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November 14, 2017

Accelerate Okanagan 2017 Board of Directors Announced

At its annual general meeting on November 25th, Accelerate Okanagan elected three new members to the board of directors. Sitting board members, Scot Speiser, Blair Forrest and Quinton Pullen remain members of the executive.



August 29, 2017

Top Accelerator, Techstars, to Launch Community Pilot in Okanagan

Okanagan selected as only Canadian region to collaborate with Techstars’ Chris Heivly on community pilot project.


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