We offer a hands-on, action-oriented, design-thinking experience for early-stage entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship@UBCO offers UBC Okanagan students, faculty, staff and recent graduates training and mentorship support to explore their startup ideas, build connections within the Okanagan innovation ecosystem, and develop the skill set needed to launch a successful new venture. We offer a dedicated accelerator program for UBC-affiliated innovators in the Okanagan and help connect teams to mentors, tools, customers, funding, and support.

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Mentor 2 Market program

Receive one-on-one mentoring from industry mentors, monthly real-time feedback on your progress, and open-office advice by professional service providers in law, intellectual property, finance and accounting.

Meet our Mentors

Leverage the power of short videos from tech CEOs and experts to learn on your time,  at your own pace, and on your own schedule. Plus, tune in to live cases and timely strategy sessions featuring leading CEOs and experts. Gain real-time feedback to help you stay competitive in today’s complex and evolving business climate.

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Be a part of building a healthy, resilient, connected community in the Okanagan Valley through forums, demonstrations, and high-level thought leadership events on Smart Cities, Disaster Response, and more.

The best and brightest innovation teams move on to compete in a multi-round Quick Pitch Challenge ending in a final high-profile pitch presentation judged by angel investors.

Ventures will team with UBCO Management, Computer Science, and Engineering Capstone teams and business students from the Okanagan College School of Business to undertake special projects.

Craft the right fundraising strategy and compelling pitch deck and receive introductions to Valhalla Angels, investors, and federal and provincial funding agencies including NRC IRAP and Mitacs – all engaged in our program.

Work out of the Innovation UBC Hub in The Innovation Centre in downtown Kelowna beside Accelerate Okanagan.*

*Currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.


Curious about our intake process and program start dates? Connect with us to start the conversation.

Colin Gervais

Program Facilitator, Entrepreneurship, UBC Okanagan (e@UBCO)
Cell 778.392.7045 | colin.gervais@ubc.ca Innovation UBC Hub | #203-460 Doyle Ave


Sarah Sutherland (on maternity leave)

Program Facilitator, Entrepreneurship, UBC Okanagan (e@UBCO)
Innovation UBC Hub | #203-460 Doyle Ave