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Kelowna BaseCamp Pitch Pub Night
Apr 30 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join VA Angels for BaseCamp Pitch Pub Night where companies from the weekends’ BaseCamp program will apply what they learned about raising capital over two days and pitch their companies to investors for feedback. Grab some food, a drink, and watch some pitches!

Entrepreneurs Unplugged with Garry van Soest
May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us at Marten Brewing in Vernon on May 1st to hear from Garry van Soest, co-founder of AVS. Garry will share his entrepreneurial journey and the lessons he’s learned along the way.

Garry is co-founder of AVS Systems and founder of its predecessor AVS Enterprises. Garry became CEO of AVS Systems in January 2013. He has led an entrepreneurial career for 30+ years and in this span has started up and harvested over 9 technology companies. Garry’s passion is bringing proprietary technology to market and disrupting the status quo to the benefit of the user. Garry holds a BComm in Entrepreneurship and Engineering studies. His involvement with emerging technology in Canada’s Silicon Vineyard ensure he stays current. Garry balances his business career with hobbies and family. While also serving on boards for several non-profit organizations.

Entrepreneurs Unplugged is powered by Accelerate Okanagan in partnership with Grant Thornton. This event is an incredible opportunity to learn from experienced entrepreneurs in our community as well as an excellent opportunity to network with members of our local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

*Registration is required as seating is limited.

May 15 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm


Seminar | Networking For Success

Do you want to learn how to position yourself for success at a networking event?

This interactive session will help both the reluctant and experienced professional achieve better results in professional settings!

You will learn to:

  • Rethink common misperceptions about networking
  • Overcome feelings of nervousness and feel more comfortable networking
  • Present a powerful professional image and avoid common social pitfalls
  • Create compelling value statements that generate interest

This seminar is facilitated by Deb McClelland, Executive Director – Kamloops Chamber of Commerce

Event Details:

Date | Tuesday, May 15

Time | 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Location | Kamloops Chamber of Commerce Boardroom, 615 Victoria Street

Cost | $20 for members | $25 for non-members


Event Item Name Expires Pricing
Member Registration | Networking for Success May 15, 2018
Non-Member Registration | Networking for Success May 15, 2018
Downtown Plan: Local Business Open House
May 16 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

The Downtown Plan is an update to City Centre Plan 2005 and will provide a framework to guide planning and land use management for the Downtown, Sagebrush, and West End neighbourhoods over a 20-year time frame.

The Downtown Plan will offer detailed guidance on the location and types of housing, shops, offices, and other types of development and land uses envisioned for the area. The plan will also provide direction on what parks; community facilities; plazas and public spaces; and the future road, transit, and active transportation networks within the plan area will look like.

Review and Update Process

What is your vision for the Downtown?
We want your input on the key issues, opportunities, and priorities for the Downtown in the coming years.

The Downtown Plan review and update process involves three phases. The plan is currently in Phase 2, and the City is seeking the public’s input on the key issues, opportunities, and priorities for the plan area. City staff has planned engagement events and activities to get your feedback.

Short-Term Coding Program (2 Day)
Jul 14 @ 8:30 am – Jul 15 @ 5:00 pm

This hands-on course provides an introduction to general programming concepts using Python programming language.

Using Jupyter Notebooks, which requires only a browser and an internet connection, you will learn, practice and write python programs.

The course explores different programming concepts, such as arguments, variables, data types, conditional statements, and loops. By the end of this course, you will be able to create programs that accept inputs from the user, process this input using mathematical and logical operations, and provide the correct output to the user.

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One-day coding workshop series: Building Website with WordPress
Jul 15 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Learn how to build a stunning website without writing any code.

You will learn the basics of web technologies and how things work on the internet.

After completing this course, you will be able to create your personal website, portfolio, and even online store.

All ages are welcome because there is something for everyone to learn. No previous programming experience necessary.

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Trades and Tech Thursdays
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Got a skill with saws or a way with welding? Think about a career in trades and tech. If you’ve got more questions than answers or want to hear more from the people teaching these programs, we have the events for you.

TRU’s Trades and Tech Thursdays give you the chance to find out about all your trades and tech options while getting answers directly from those in the know.

Trades workers are in high demand and TRU’s programs give you state-of-the-art training. We can jumpstart your career in mechanics, carpentry, electrical, gas fitting, horticulture, instrumentation, plumbing/pipefitting or welding. Or consider moving into management with a bachelor’s degree in technology or in trades and technology leadership.

If you are curious, come out. If you have questions, bring them. If you think you even might be interested, get the details you need to be sure.

Bring a buddy or two, everyone is welcome. We look forward to seeing you!

Tours begin at 7 p.m. from the lobby of the Trades and Technology building (TT158).


Two-day coding workshop series: iOS Application Development
Jul 21 @ 8:30 am – Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm

This course will introduce you to the basics of iOS app development using Apple’s new programming language, Swift.

We will use Swift 4 in this course, which is a powerful and intuitive programming language for macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS. The course does not require any prior programming experience. We will first use Swift playgrounds to learn the Swift language.

Then, we’ll cover the basic concepts of iOS app development and build a simple application for the iPhone and iPad platforms using the iOS SDK (Xcode).

The course covers the basics of user interface design, using Model-View-Controller (MVC) design patterns, creating a custom control design and developing multi-scene applications.

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How to Promote Your Business through Social Media
Jul 22 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Social media is a big part of modern culture and everyday communication. With more and more people joining social media sites and using them regularly, the social media industry is booming like never. With such incredible growth, every business needs to leverage proper social media channels in the best possible way.

By promoting your business through social media, you not only generate more business but also connect with your customers better and serve them on a higher level.

According to an infographic published by Ambassador, two million business today use Facebook advertising to promote their products and services.

In this workshop, you will learn how to use different social network platforms and websites to promote your business.

With hands-on examples, you will learn techniques and tricks to utilize social media to improve your business effectively.

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Startup Basics: Resources For Startups
Jul 24 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This session provides an overview of the tools, resources, mentorship, workshops, events, and other supports available through Kamloops Innovation, the TRU Generator, and other organizations.

This workshop will cover

  • tech and startup lingo
  • the role of Kamloops Innovation and the TRU Generator
  • community resources and support organizations
  • recommended books
  • where to look for funding

About Startup Basics

Entrepreneurship can often seem daunting or be intimidating to those first starting out. The Kamloops Innovation Startup Basics Series helps minimize this fear by providing entrepreneurs and startup-curious with the tools they need to get started.

Through the Startup Basics Series, Kamloops Innovation provides mentorship, resources, and tools to assist entrepreneurs structure and curate their ideas while in the first stages of their startup.

Those participating in the Startup Basics Series often continue into our more-extensive programs like the Market Validation Training and Venture Acceleration Program, and onto starting companies that benefit the community.

The series is a relaxed classroom-style program split into distinct topics that bring entrepreneurs and startup-curious through the basics of forming a business plan and documenting their ideas.

Sessions are presented by Kamloops Innovation staff, EIR, mentors, partners, and alumni.

Each session is designed to educate on the fundamentals needed to transform an idea into a startup and your passion into a paycheque.