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What is Startup Basics?

Startup Basics Fall 2017 is a part of the Discovery Foundation TEP and is hosted in collaboration with Westbank First Nation. Developed for early stage entrepreneurs and career-changers, the Startup Basics Program supplies participants with the tools and resources needed to accelerate their idea to the next stage. Startup Basics is a classroom style program split into distinct topics. Sessions are presented by Accelerate Okanagan Staff, Executive in Residence Mentors, Partners, and Alumni. Each session is designed to educate the entrepreneur on the fundamentals needed to transform idea into startup.

Who is right for Startup Basics? 

Anybody looking to learn more about business and startup fundamentals is a great fit for this programs. The Course is most beneficial for those in the early stages who likely have an idea and are considering building a company. 

Session Details
Getting Started

Learn from Accelerate Okanagan Program Alumni who have been on the startup path for a while and have likely faced many of the same struggles as those attending this course. At this panel session, local startup founders will be sharing the lessons that they have learned along their journey and tips and tricks for the early stage entrepreneur.

Positioning Pro Tips

Are you getting lost trying to define your market? Accelerate Okanagan Executive in Residence (EiR) will help you find your way as you learn the 7 steps to building a successful positioning statement, and put what you learn into practice with real life examples.

Legal & Accounting 101

There is no way to escape numbers or lawyers if you want to start a successful business. This session take-aways include budget & financing basics, due diligence checklist, overview of company structures, and a compilation of typical legal needs and costs.

Pitching Power

You have an amazing idea but do you know how to communicate that to potential customers or investors? AO EiR, visionary, and innovative executive; Larry Smith will take you through the key aspects of a successful pitch and have you practicing your new learned skills by the end of the session.

Business Building

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 planning the next step for your business idea and have you working through collaborative examples with other entrepreneurs in the room.

Budget Building

Leave this session knowing how your business is protected legally and financially. Accelerate Okangan legal and accounting partners will be taking you through the legalities of protecting your idea and the essentials of a basic budget.

Laws of Attraction

Customers are the most important investor a business can have. Finding your first one will be a breeze after this session where entrepreneurs will learn the best practices and cost of customer acquisition.

Lessons Learned

Learn from Accelerate Okanagan Program Alumni who have been on the startup path for a while and have likely faced many of the same struggles as those attending this course. At this panel session, local startup founders will be sharing the lessons that they have learned along their journey and tips and tricks for the early stage entrepreneur.

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