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Startup Academy: Sales Strategy – Start Generating Revenue!
Nov 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Ever wondered how you are going to “sell” your customers?

This session will give you practical tools so you can start generating revenue. Why is this important? Revenue means you have validated customers to continue growing your business! At the end of this session, you’ll have a tool set and resources to help you on your way to start generating revenue.


Who is this for?

  • You’re interested in starting a business (you don’t need an idea to participate)
  • You’ve recently started a business, but looking for the next steps
  • You want to hear what other students and entrepreneurs are working on
  • You’re interested in learning about entrepreneurship

Startup Academy is a series of sessions helping entrepreneurs learn the skill set to evaluate business ideas, identify ideal customers, and develop a pitch. Each session focuses on a different topic. Led by John Zubak, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Kamloops Innovation & TRU Generator, participants will connect with other entrepreneurs on the same path, meet with experienced mentors and industry experts, and learn how to move their business ideas forward.

Justice League: Battle of the Apps
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Vote for your favourites as Faculty of Law students present their app creations in the annual Battle of the Apps!

  • Contestants are from the law course Apps for Access to Justice (LAWF 3780)
  • Apps are powered by Neota Logic

All are welcome to attend or join the livestream.

Startup Basics: Entrepreneurial Resources
Feb 7 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Learn about the resources and supports available for entrepreneurs on campus and in Kamloops!

  • Navigate the startup ecosystem in Kamloops: what resources are available, how do I get involved
  • Key tech & startup lingo: what is an MVP, cofounder, and lean startup
  • Community support: learn about the organizations & resources to help you launch and grow a business

This workshop is for:

  • Anyone interested in entrepreneurship, startups, and technology
  • Anyone who has an innovative idea or recently started a new venture and looking for support

TRU Generator is the on-campus accelerator supporting students, faculty, staff, and alumni with mentorship, events & workshops, and a drop-in workspace. These workshops are a part of the Startup Academy Series, and are open to anyone.

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Game Development Meetup
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We’ll discuss which game engine and genre we’re interesting in building projects on, establish smaller groups to work on various aspects of a project. Example: concept art, writing, plot development, marketing, QA, and more.

This is the first meetup, hosted by Sean O’Brien at Kamloops Makerspace – open to ideas and any suggestions to make this a success!

Who’s this meetup for? Anyone interested in game development and technology

Kamloops Makerspace is located across from Sticky Candy’s, right beside the New Life Mission. Main entrance is around the back!

Crowdfunding Your Creative Work With Kickstarter
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

​Whether you’re a writer, artist, musician, inventor, etc., getting your project off the ground can be difficult. Luckily, crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter can help generate interest and investment in your idea. But there’s a lot of work that needs to be done before you’re ready to present your product to the world. In this workshop, you will learn what Kickstarter is, how to set-up a crowdfunding campaign, and what you can do to increase the success of your campaign.

Filmmakers Workshop
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The Kamloops Film Festival in partnership with Mastermind Studios is providing a Filmmakers Workshop on Saturday, February 10 at Mastermind Studios in Kamloops.

Date: February 10, 2018
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (7 hours of workshops with 1 hour lunch)
Cost: $20
Age:   13 years old and up
Location: Mastermind Studios 954F Laval Crescent, Kamloops
Lunch: Provided by Thompson-Nicola Film Commission

Topics will include:

  • Camera settings basics
  • Planning the shoot
  • Getting good interviews
  • Lighting Basics
  • Getting good sound
  • Working with actors
  • Editing
  • Special Effects – Greenscreen

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Trade Accelerator Program
Feb 15 @ 8:30 am – Feb 16 @ 4:30 pm

New trade agreements and a competitive Canadian dollar make it an ideal time to extend your company’s reach through the export of goods and services.

World Trade Centre Vancouver is pleased to introduce TAP in British Columbia, an initiative that has been successfully operated by the Toronto Region Board of Trade since 2015.

Participating organizations experienced an average international sales growth of 70% within one year of completing the program, penetrated new markets, and grew their workforce to meet increased global demand.

By enrolling in TAP you can:

  • Navigate complexities of the global trade ecosystem
  • Leverage Canada’s deep trade and investment resources
  • Access tailored, face-to-face coaching and advice
  • Learn about international best practices
  • Accelerate export readiness
  • Develop and implement a new export plan
  • Expand your global trade footprint and increase revenue

“TAP is the rocket fuel that BC companies need to power beyond Canada’s borders. The sessions effectively presented export-focused-concepts in the context of how to take action … immediately. Two words: Truly remarkable.” Marla Brock CEO, Kidcoover Caregivers Inc. — TAP BC Participant

“The TAP program puts fuel on the fire of entrepreneurship. The things you learn are not “nice-to-do’s” they are “must-do’s”.  I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to take their export game to the next level.” Dan Wainwright, President, PACRIM Distributors — TAP BC Participant

Learn more about the program and apply today at

Have questions? Call Rhonda at 604-640-5491 or email

Upcoming Kamloops  Workshop: February 15 & 16, 2018
* Application deadline: January 31, 2018
Schedule: Registration: 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Workshop Program: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Hotel 540, Kamloops
Participation Fee: $2500 ***
*** Limited full bursaries available, for qualifying companies
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Fireside Chat with Hummingbird Drones
Feb 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Ink LLP’s founding partner, Geoff Dittrich, will sit down with Hummingbird (Drones and Network) founder, Robert Atwood, to discuss the legal lessons learned during Hummingbird’s first years as a startup.

Hummingbird has experienced fast growth since its start, and now operates a drone-enabled service company and a wildfire detection technology company. With that growth, has come legal challenges and opportunities.

We’ll ask some of the following questions:

  • What have been your biggest challenges to date from a legal perspective?
  • How did you structure your cap table and do your initial fundraising?
  • How is your company governed?
  • Why did you split your company into two?
  • What lessons have you learned that would change the way you start your next company? 

There will be time for open Q&A, followed by networking and refreshments. 

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Positioning Statement: Crafting the Perfect Pitch
Feb 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

How to craft the perfect ‘elevator pitch’. At the end of this session, you’ll have real world examples and a template for 7 steps to building a compelling pitch.

This workshop is for:

  • Anyone interested in entrepreneurship, startups, and technology
  • Anyone who has an innovative idea or recently started a new venture and looking for support

TRU Generator is the on-campus accelerator supporting students, faculty, staff, and alumni with mentorship, events & workshops, and a drop-in workspace. These workshops are a part of the Startup Academy Series, and are open to anyone.

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MakePossible Diversity by Design workshop
Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The MakePossible Diversity by Design workshop explores the business case for diversity, develops leadership skills and creates awareness of the opportunities for women in Science and Technology.

This workshop will:

  • Connect Faculty, women (and men) in the industry, and students together to explore resources to support emerging talent and advance women in STEM fields
  • Brainstorm solutions to address diversity challenges and create opportunities
  • Build valuable mentorship and networking connections in the community



Diversity by Design:
The MakePossible Diversity by Design workshop series is part of a project supported by WWEST eng-cite Funding Partners Program and Women’s Enterprise Center Catalyst for Growth Fund. The Diversity by Design project includes resources to support emerging talent and hands-on workshops in communities like Kamloops, Prince George, and Prince Rupert – to develop leadership skills and create awareness for the opportunities for women as a catalyst of growth.

The MakePossible Mentoring Program is well aligned with SCWIST goals to empower women and girls in science, engineering and technology. Over the past 3 years, Cheryl has delivered MakePossible workshops at UBC, SFU, BC Institute of Technology, SFU School for Integrated Arts and Technology, Surrey Community Library, and various SCWIST and industry events.

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