Tech sector in spotlight

Vernon’s technological and entrepreneurial spirit is being celebrated.

Vernon’s technological and entrepreneurial spirit is being celebrated.

Startup Week Okanagan runs until March 10 and it combines music, education, art, entertainment, business and technology.

“The tech sector in the Okanagan is growing at a rapid pace and this type of event will help build on the already vibrant entrepreneurial eco system and startup scene,” said Jeff Keen, with Accelerate Okanagan, which is organizing Startup Week activities with Digital Okanagan and Creative Okanagan.

The events will include StartUp Vernon Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bean to Cup.

The free event is an opportunity to hear from entrepreneurs Deb Leroux and Braden Messenger about their journeys and their insight into what programs are available to help tech startups build towards success.

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“Since moving to Vernon five years ago from Vancouver, I have been blown away by the immense creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of the North Okanagan,” said Kazia Mullin, one of the StartUp Vernon organizers.

Other Startup Week Okanagan events will be held in Kelowna and Penticton.

On March 8, Kelowna will host Startup Weekend, where individuals will gather to pitch and create a startup in 52 hours.

A team of eight Vernon designers, developers and entrepreneurs will be there and they are sponsored by the UPS Store/Bold Media and The City of Vernon.

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