Entrepreneurs of all types are being invited to the first Penticton Startup Weekend later this month.
From Jan. 24-26, the event at the Penticton Okanagan College campus will allow people with big ideas the coaching and resources to make them a reality.
Organizer Dan Arbeau, owner of netDNA, says similar events have been held regularly in Kelowna for the past several years.
“It’s really been instrumental in helping build the whole tech-enabled scene and community in the Kelowna area,” he said, adding he’s been thinking for some time about bringing the program to the South Okanagan.
“In Penticton and the South Okanagan, there are a lot of entrepreneurs and a lot of people that want to know how to build a business, start a business. While there are a lot of programs out there, there is nothing that really comes together in a weekend.”
The Startup Weekend is in partnership with Google and Techstars, as well as several local organizations like Cowork, OK College and the chamber of commerce.
“Bringing everyone together in one spot to help people who want to build and learn, and who knows maybe create the next big business,” he said.
Business leaders will provide coaching and feedback on an idea and help entrepreneurs achieve a working prototype and demo presentation by Sunday evening.
While the event will have technology themes, entrepreneurs from all sectors are invited.
“Business is business in the end,” Arbeau said.
The weekend is being operated in a non-profit fashion, with net proceeds going to support similar events in Penticton in the future.
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