Startup Weekend Okanagan

    Friday, March 9 - 11, 2018

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Startup Weekend Okanagan

Friday, March 9 - 11, 2018

Friday, March 9 - 11, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Innovation Centre
460 Doyle Ave
Kelowna, BC V1Y 0C2

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
Smart Cities Stream:

This year, if you are looking for an extra challenge, we have a specific focus on smart cities and how to use the smart city movement to solve affordable housing problems within our region.

Smart cities is all about using technology to make our communities more efficient, enhance the quality and performance of services and empower society. Some examples are using technology to identify areas for affordable housing or artificial intelligence to solve homelessness.
The Smart Cities Affordable Housing stream is title sponsored by Urban Matters CCC and the prize includes:  

  • $2500 in cash to go towards the Purppl accelerator
  • Plus an extra month in Purppl’s accelerator sponsored by Purppl
  • Also consideration to work in the Urban Matters CCC incubator for up to 12 months and also provide:
    • Early clients/customers
    • Cross Canada network
    • Office space for 12 months
    • Mentorship
    • Potential funding

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired, click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday March 9th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the Innovation Centre and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
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

Saturday March 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to support you!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday March 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
The groups will be giving their final pitches on stage in the Innovation Centre theatre

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Our local esteemed judges will be providing feedback and awards to the companies that pitched

8:30 pm
Socialize and grab a glass of wine to celebrate an amazing weekend well spent with awesome people!

9:00 pm
Go Home!
Time to recover, sleep, and dream sweet dreams about startups :)

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Okanagan team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.



Bronze Sponsorship


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Okanagan is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Justin
  • Jay
  • Leslie
  • Amanda
  • Lindsay
  • Michael
  • Alex
  • Thuy
  • Anjali
  • Daryl
  • Kathleen
  • Shane
  • Antonio


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