Accelerate Okanagan (AO) is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on developing a strong technology and innovation community throughout the valley. Over the past 5 years, through our mentorship and education services, AO has supported over 150 program clients who have had tremendous impact on the community through the creation of over 650 new jobs, and have attracted over $35 million in investment. As a thought leader in program and community development, AO runs over 120 events per year, providing learning and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs. Seeing a need to support early stage startups, AO developed and piloted the Venture Acceleration Program which is now offered through all 15 tech accelerators across BC. Through our partnerships with community organizations and service providers, AO helps entrepreneurs and local tech companies gain access to resources and build relationships that helps create the holistic and supportive entrepreneurial community across the valley.