Contact us on 250.434.0200 or info@kamloopsinnovation.ca

Calendar

Apr
6
Fri
Dev Lunch
Apr 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Do you work in tech, are a developer, or just interested in techy things?

Join us for the monthly #DevLunch this month at Nara Korean & Japanese Restaurant Kamloops!

Who: This event is for anyone who is interested in hanging out with people who are tech minded and conversing over good food. Students, developers, social media savvy, content creators, young and old are invited!
When: #DevLunch is held the first Friday of every month, 12 pm – 1 pm
Where:  https://www.facebook.com/NaraKJRestaurant/
Why: Great food! And a great opportunity to connect with our #kamloops tech community each month.
Cost: No fees, just buy your own lunch!

Apr
20
Fri
DevOps Days Vancouver
Apr 20 – Apr 21 all-day

DevOpsDays is a grassroots event for folks in the field connecting, sharing stories, advice, ideas, and tools relating to DevOps

DevOpsDays is returning to Vancouver in 2018.

https://www.devopsdays.org/events/2018-vancouver

This conference, which is now happening frequently around the globe, is THE conference for bridging the gap between developers and operations.

DevOpsDays is a grassroots event for folks in the field connecting, sharing stories, advice, ideas, and tools relating to DevOps.

It is organized by people who care about DevOps.

Apr
25
Wed
MVT Summer Series | Positioning Statements
Apr 25 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

MVT Series | Positioning Statements: How to tell your company’s story

A positioning statement is a series of sentences that define what your company is, what makes it unique, and what its value is to your audience. Not generally public facing this statement helps business owners identify their company’s core values and align their marketing to keep a cohesive messaging across all their branding and meet their business goals.

In simple terms, the positioning statement is a phrase that is used internally to help your organization understand the benefits your products or services provide to your target customers. It states how you are different from your competitors and why your audience should choose your business over your competitors. Everything from the website page copy, advertisements, images, calls to action, and slogans are all ultimately based on your positioning statement.

This introductory session is about taking your business idea and being able to condense it into a short and coercive pitch. Whether you’re connecting with a potential customer, partner, investor, or friend, being able to communicate your idea effectively is very important.

At the end of this workshop, you will know how to put together a compelling short pitch and be able to communicate an idea effectively, the first stepping stones to starting a business!

What is the MVT Series?

The MVT Series or Market Validation Training Series is an educational course offered by Kamloops Innovation as the precursor to our VAP program. This series is Free and open to any individual, company or student who is looking to start their own business.

The series is designed to guide and coach early-stage companies through defining business models for sustained growth. Kamloops Innovation does not take equity stakes in companies, making companies free to grow on their own terms.  For those individuals looking to attend specific classes, the Startup Basics Series offers more bite-sized versions of the material taught in the MVT Series through the TRU Generator.

Courses in the MVT Series Include:

  • Positioning Statements: How to tell your company’s story
  • Value Propositions: Understand the value your business idea brings to the table
  • Target Markets: Identify your first customers & how to market to them
  • Your Go-To-Market Plan: Develop an action plan to move your business idea forward
  • Sales Strategy: Practical tools so you can start generating revenue
  • Business Model Canvas: Visualize your company’s value, infrastructure, customers, and finances.
Apr
28
Sat
Kelowna BaseCamp
Apr 28 @ 9:30 am – Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm

 

VA Angels Kelowna is hosting Okanagan BaseCamp, an exclusive investment seminar for entrepreneurs. At BaseCamp, Randy Thompson, VA Angels Founder, Fund Manager, Entrepreneur, and Investor, will provide insight from an investor’s perspective about how to effectively pitch business ideas to investors. Spots are limited with an option to bring your partner or co-founder at half the cost. Option available through the registration process.

It’s more than just pitching your business to investors, you need to know how to:

  • Raise capital including equity, debt, contest and revenue
  • Maximize the value of your capital round and minimize risk
  • Target and secure the right investors
  • Close a round of financing
  • Structure a pitch and a deal that is attractive to investors
  • Want to learn more about BaseCamp, watch here.

 


 

OKR Financial (http://www.okrfinancial.com/) for sponsoring Pitch Night April 30.

Pushor Mitchell (https://www.pushormitchell.com/) for sponsoring Pitch Night April 30.

UBC Okanagan for providing the workshop space for BaseCamp April 28-29.

 

 

CONTACT

Sandra Spencer
Executive Director
VA Angels BaseCamp
780-722-6663
sspencer@vaangels.com

Grant Lawrence
Chapter President
VA Angels Kelowna
grant.lawrence@vaangels.com

Apr
30
Mon
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!

May
1
Tue
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
Tue
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
$19.05
Non-Member Registration | Networking for Success May 15, 2018
$23.81
May
16
Wed
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.

Jul
14
Sat
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.

This is a 2 day event – Get more information from https://www.tru.ca/science/programs/compsci/code-school.html#workshops

Jul
15
Sun
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.

This is a 1 day event – Get more information from https://www.tru.ca/science/programs/compsci/code-school.html#workshops