Kamloops has made strides in making this city a destination for entrepreneurship and innovation. The network of entrepreneur-support organizations, the city, Thompson Rivers University, and larger businesses has shaped Kamloops’ business community and showcased it as the place to start and grow your business in BC. The Kamloops business community is collaborative, innovative, and places entrepreneurship & innovation at its core. In this last year, initiatives like Startup Kamloops, LinkUp, Built in Kamloops Contest, student entrepreneur opportunities at Thompson Rivers University, technology startup programs at Kamloops Innovation, ongoing networking and development opportunities at the Kamloops Chamber, and rapid prototyping activities at Kamloops Makerspace all helped put Kamloops on the national stage at the Startup Canada Awards Grand Finale as Community of the Year. Kamloops is a great example of a community promoting and building a friendly business environment.