jump_start_logo_with_ao_stacked-300x293Accelerate Okanagan recently launched the third annual Jump:Start:Challenge.

The Jump:Start:Challenge is a competition for tech startups and entrepreneurs that provides concentrated help in cracking  one of the most persistent business challenges: raising capital.

Through the 8 weeks of workshops, coaching, training and mentorship, the pool of candidates is whittled down to 5 finalists who will go on to pitch to a room full of preselected investors. Besides offering the possibility for investment, a panel of judges will award a cash prize to the winning company.

Jeff Keen, CEO of Accelerate Okanagan said, “We’ve seen remarkable successes from previous Jump:Start:Challenge participants, and we’re excited to see what the next group of Okanagan technology companies have to offer. The top 10 companies that earn access to the program, will receive 8 weeks of coaching and mentorship that will dramatically improve their chances of raising capital.”

To enter email a short description of your business concept (1 page max) to jumpstart@accelerateokanagan.com  or tweet it to @accelerateok by December 13th, 2013. Successful applicants will be invited to pitch to a panel of judges in Kelowna on January 10, 2014.

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