How it works


Powered by Accelerate Okanagan, the OKGN Angel Summit is a 10-week program designed to educate Okanagan-based investors and startup companies from across Western Canada.

Through the 10-week program, Accelerate Okanagan helps companies learn about the capital raising process and how to effectively build relationships with prospective investors. Investors will receive training to actively learn how to vet companies, provide feedback, and perform due diligence in helping to support early-stage companies.

The Process Featuring: Jason Richards, Alyssa Farr, Jason Bernhardt

The Process

Applications & Reviews

Investors meet and gain details around the investing process. Reviews are conducted on every business that has applied for the Summit.

Quarter-Finalists Selected

24 businesses are chosen to continue the program. The selected companies receive training for investment readiness.

Top 24 Pitch to Investors

The finalists deliver 3-minute pitches to investors, followed by an opportunity for breakout conversations between companies and investors.

Semi-Finalists Selected

The list of participating businesses is narrowed down to 12. Those companies receive additional investment training.

Top 12 Pitch to Investors

The finalists deliver 10-minute pitches to investors, followed by an opportunity for breakout conversations between companies and investors.

Finalists Selected

Investors reduce the number of participants down to the final 6. Companies and investors receive training in the due diligence process.

Due Diligence Investigation

Companies and investors undergo the due diligence process, diving deep into the structure and viability of the final 6 companies.

The Finale

The community is invited to a grande finale where they can watch the final 6 companies provide their last 5-minute pitch to investors. Investors do their final deliberation and announce who will take home the winning investment.

The Grande Finale


The OKGN Angel Summit Finale is the culmination of a 10-week program where accredited investors and startup entrepreneurs are trained in the capital-raising process. On March 16th, six remaining companies will make their final pitch for the $150K investment fund.

First Nations leader, Canadian businessman, and Author, Chief Clarence Louie, will be taking to the virtual stage to deliver a keynote address. He has been the Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band for an impressive ten terms and has received numerous recognitions and accolades, including; being a recipient of the Order of Canada and being inducted into the BC Business Hall of Fame and Canadian Business Hall of Fame. During his talk, Chief Louie will share his insights from his progressive work with the Osoyoos Indian Band and inspire us on how we can create stronger communities through entrepreneurship and economic development.

After the pitches, while the investors deliberate on a winner, Renée Warren and Dan Martell will join for a fireside chat. This husband and wife duo are both successful, award-winning entrepreneurs and experienced investors. Renée coaches female entrepreneurs through her business, We Wild Women and Dan helps SAAS founders scale through his business the SAAS Academy.

In addition to a giant cheque, the Summit Finale is really all about celebrating community and strengthening connections in Western Canada’s startup ecosystem. The Summit Finale will be hosted on Remo, a virtual networking platform that allows for attendees to move around the venue, gather with friends in small groups, and chat one-on-one with other guests.



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