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Kelowna Innovation Cente

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Whats in it for me?

  • Meet other startup enthusiasts such as designers, developers, marketing gurus & product developers
  • Build a startup or product in less than 54 hours
  • 6-7 meals and drinks (did somebody say beer?) provided
  • Prizes, swag, give-aways, oh my!
  • Fun, fun, fun! Just ask any of the attendees from last year’s event!


But I’m not a programmer, am I still welcome?

Startup Weekend isn’t just for developers! Teams, just like businesses need a diverse skill-set to succeed.  On average, half of Startup Weekend participants have technical backgrounds, while the other possess a business mindset. Whether you’re primarily software developers, graphics designers or business people such as marketers – if you have great ideas you’re dying to share with the world, love learning and meeting new people, it’s not too late to sign up for Startup Weekend Okanagan and gain a real hands-on startup experience unlike any other.




Mar 8
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Mar 9
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Yoga break!
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Mar 10
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS & Kelowna Art Gallery
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

Luanne Chore

Senior Business Development @ Grant Thorton   |   LinkedIn

Jason Richards

SVP Global Business Development @ Procera Networks   |   LinkedIn

Colin Basran

Kelowna City Councillor   |   LinkedIn

Krista Mallory

Business Advisor   |   LinkedIn

Krista Mallory brings her experience advising small business owners through her work at Odlum Brown, where she has worked since 2008. Krista has a degree in economics from UBCO, a strong financial background, and experience working with IT systems.

John Drope

Managing Director @ Southern Interior Innovation Fund   |   LinkedIn

Steve Wandler

CEO & Co-Founder @ FreshGrade   |   LinkedIn


Bryn Gilbert

Partner @ Grant Thornton   |   LinkedIn

Martin Rutherford

Partner @ Grant Thorton

David Mayes

Professor, Faculty of Management @ UBCO   |   LinkedIn

Deb Leroux

Uniting Project and Capital   |   LinkedIn

12 years business/government relations/volunteer experience, uniting projects & capital.

Marilyn Mellis

EIR @ AO   |   LinkedIn

Sam Fisher

EIR @ AO   |   LinkedIn

Clint Schnee


Husband, dad, design guy, poet, and empty-handed fisherman. He is best-known for his design leadership in Club Penguin, where he built a world-class design group across four studios and three continents. Some of his achievements include the art direction of multi-language marketing campaigns and leading UI best practices for an online game with a population 4X that of Canada.

Mark Payne

Entrepreneur, Mentor and Investor   |   LinkedIn

Brent Lachman
Cynthia Gunsinger
Mica Knibbs
Daryl Chymko
Shane Austin
Dennis Powers
Jessika von Innerebner
Jay Pozo

Weekend Wrap Up

by Kazia Mullin

First Of All, Thank You! What a weekend! Without a doubt, the first Okanagan Startup Weekend was a huge success! […]

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