Quintevation Hosts Launch Lab and Accelerate Okanagan
Last month, Launch Lab spent the day at the Strathcona Energy Group building in Belleville to meet with representatives from Accelerate Okanagan, an organization similar to Ontario’s Regional Innovation Centres that provides support and resources for tech-based entrepreneurs in the Okanagan Valley. AO has had great success at fostering entrepreneurship throughout the Okanagan Valley and can now boast a technology sector that is worth over a billion dollars.
With representatives from Launch Lab, Queen’s Industry Partnerships, NRC-IRAP, and Quintevation present, Accelerate Okanagan went through their organizational model, how they work with clients, how they engage the community, and other practices they have learned through their experience out west.
The bulk of the meeting centered around how we can attract, work with, and retain growth stage companies. It was great to hear directly from AO on what has worked and what hasn’t, and hopefully we can apply some of their knowledge and programming into Launch Lab and continue to collaborate with our regional partners to make Southeastern Ontario a hub of activity for strong entrepreneurs and growth stage companies.