Accelerate Okanagan Technology Association work to increase local tech companies

Accelerate Okanagan and the Kelowna office of Grant Thornton have joined forces with BCIC to support founders and CEOs of 16 Okanagan technology companies who participated on Tuesday, May 10 in the second round of the ACETECH Market Validation Program.

Grant Thornton – a leading Canadian accounting, business advisory, and risk management firm that provides audit, tax and advisory services  will be providing support for a mentor appreciation event for both the local and Vancouver-based mentors who are assisting local entrepreneurs.

The Market Validation Program is being held in the Okanagan for the first time by Accelerate Okanagan, a technology organization with a mandate to increase the number of technology companies that start and grow in the region.

“This is a world-class program designed to help early-stage technology entrepreneurs find and close customers and bring their product to market faster and with less risk,” says Jeff Keen, Programs Director at Accelerate Okanagan. “The MVP is a proven go-to-market boot camp for technology founders and CEOs with at least an early working version of their product.”

“Through a combination of best practice hands-on workshops and one-on-one mentoring, the program supports start-up and early stage companies looking to get to the next level through guidance and mentorship from experienced technology CEOs,” said Keen.

Program participants will complete the program with a polished positioning statement and value proposition, a strategy to go-to-market, and priorities identified to achieve early adopter customers.

“We are excited to support Accelerate Okanagan in the delivery of ACETECH’s Market Validation Program in the Okanagan,” said BCIC CEO, Danny Robinson. “This is exactly the type of program that we believe should be made available for entrepreneurs.”

According to AO’s Marketing Director, Martin Yuill, “Bringing the Market Validation Program to the Okanagan is consistent with our commitment to deliver best-in-class programs and services to the local technology community.”


“Our partnership with Grant Thornton and BCIC has made possible the delivery of this program, which will contribute to making the Okanagan one of the best places to start and grow technology companies,” says Yuill.