Accelerate Okanagan and Community Futures North Okanagan have announced plans to open The View in the building attached to Marten Brewing Company in downtown Vernon. The View will be an innovation centre that brings together North Okanagan innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs. (vernoninnovation.ca photo)

Vernon innovation centre ready to roll

The View will be downtown Vernon centre that brings together innovators, entrepreneurs and creators

Get ready to view The VIEW.

Accelerate Okanagan and Community Futures of the North Okanagan prepare to open The VIEW (Vernon Innovation and Entrepreneur Workspace) — an innovation center designed to bring together the community of innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs who call the North Okanagan home.

The centre – located at 30th Avenue and 30th Street, attached to Marten Brewing Co. – will open Sept. 1, offering flexible office space where tenants and community members can access mentorship, support services, and collaborate with other members of the community.

Tech-enabled businesses in the North Okanagan can get direct access to Accelerate Okanagan’s resources and accelerator programs — such as VAP, RevUP and W Venture.

Those who are interested can connect to through The VIEW’s website, www.vernoninnovation.com.

In addition to programming, The VIEW will act as a conduit to the greater business community.

“In order to fully serve entrepreneurs and community members, we need to create more connection opportunities to the broader innovation ecosystem,” said Brea Lake, CEO of Accelerate Okanagan. “By leveraging the existing organizations in our networks, we can help to accelerate economic growth in the North Okanagan.”

Mindful of opportunities unique to Vernon, Community Futures and Accelerate Okanagan have leveraged community feedback to understand what the needs were to support local businesses and drive the future of the region forward. The VIEW is supported by funding that Community Futures secured through Western Economic Diversification Canada.

There is also an opportunity to see how increased traffic to the city’s core will benefit Vernon’s downtown.

“Something that has been front-of-mind for us is the positive impact we’re hoping to see on surrounding businesses,” said Leigha Horsfield, general manager, Community Futures North Okanagan. “Our hope is that we’ll see more organizations benefit from the increased activity around The VIEW.”

The space will feature coworking desks, private offices, meeting rooms, lounge space and kitchen. With several collision points in the building, Accelerate Okanagan and Community Futures are excited to see how tenants and community members will connect, utilize the space, and collaborate on new opportunities.

The VIEW looks to complete renovations and open its doors to tenants Sept. 1. A waitlist is currently available for the shared workspace.

For more information and opportunities to connect, please visit our website at www.vernoninnovation.com.

READ MORE: Accelerate Okanagan releases strategic plan, searches for new CEO

READ MORE: COVID-19: Online roundtable sessions to help North Okanagan businesses



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