Startup Basics Fall 2017 is a part of the Discovery Foundation TEP and is hosted in collaboration with Westbank First Nation.
Startup Basics is a classroom style program split into distinct topics. Sessions are presented by Accelerate Okanagan staff, Executives in Residence, mentors, community partners, and alumni. Each session is designed to educate entrepreneurs on the fundamentals needed to transform an idea into a startup.
Through the Startup Basics program, participants benefit from a suite of programmatic elements to support their learning:
MENTORSHIP AND COACHING: Access to Executives in Residence (EIR) mentors, community partners, and AO alumni during the program.
TRAINING AND COURSES: Targeted sessions provide structured content, tools, and follow up summaries to help educate tech and tech-enabled entrepreneurs about business and entrepreneurship best practices.
PEER-TO-PEER ENGAGEMENT: Sessions are delivered in a group setting where entrepreneurs connect, collaborate, and build lasting relationships to help each other out as they turn ideas into companies.
Learn more about the sessions:
Session #1 – Lessons Learned
September 12, 2017
Some of the best lessons are shared through peer to peer learning. This fireside chat provides these learning opportunities as a successful entreprenur shares their journey through entrepreneurship and various tips and tricks to avoid those unforeseen pitfalls. The chat will end with 20 minutes for Q&A from the audience. Speaker to be announced soon.
Session #2 – Getting Started
September 19th, 2017
This introductory session will kick off Startup Basics with all you need to know about the startup ecosystem in the Okanagan. Accelerate Okanagan’s Community Manager; Alex Reid will take entrepreneurs through key tech & startup lingo, community resources & supports, and the various stages of funding for startups.
Session #3 – Positioning Pro Tips
September 26th, 2017
Are you having to communicate your business idea to stakeholders daily, but getting lost in how to do so in a clear and concise manner? Accelerate Okanagan Executive in Residence (EiR) will help you find your way as you learn the 7 steps to building a successful positioning statement. The second portion of this session will examine minimal viable product (MVP) and its importance in helping you avoid feature creep to save time and money.
Session #4 – Legal & Accounting 101
October 3rd, 2017
There is no way to escape accountants or lawyers if you want to have a successful business from the beginning. This session includes a wealth of knowledge from Accelerate Okanagan’s legal and accounting community partners on financing basics, accounting for startups, overview of company structures, and a compilation of typical legal needs and costs.
Session #5 – Business Building
October 10th, 2017
Invent, innovate and ignite your idea into the start of a business with this session on the Business Model Canvas. This extensive session will have you working through a first iteration of a business model canvas with expertise from an AO Executive in Residence. By the end of this session you will be able to form hypotheses about your business model that you can then validate by talking to potential customers.
Session #6 – Laws of Attraction
October 17th, 2017
Validate, Validate, Validate! This session is all about talking to customers and validating a product market fit. By the end of this session you will have the proper tools needed to discover if there are customers willing to pay for your product or service. The AO Executive in Residence leading this session will focus on how to approach and learn from potential customers instead of just selling to them.
Session #7 – Pitching Power
October 24th, 2017
Whether it is to potential employees, current employees, customers, or investors the pitch is a pivotal part of any business. This session helps you understand the importance of your pitch both within and outside the investor context while providing tips and resources to make your pitch perfect.
* Refunds are not available for Startup Basics sessions