Most Entrepreneurial Region in Canada
Regularly recognized as Canada’s most entrepreneurial and fastest growing community, Kelowna and the Central Okanagan is a hub for innovation and an economic driver in Western Canada.
The region enjoys the connectivity and infrastructure of a major centre set against the Okanagan Valley's iconic mountains, valleys and lakes. With a committed and connected business support network and a collective attitude that fosters entrepreneurship, the region is ready to grow as industry does.
Possibilities? Endless - it's all here now. All that's missing is you!
Proximity to Markets and Competitive Costs
Located between the Western Canadian economic powerhouses of Vancouver, BC and Calgary, AB, Kelowna and the Central Okanagan is the largest trading area in the interior of British Columbia. The region is within reach of a regional market that exceeds 11.4 million consumers within a range of 900 km, equivalent to a one-day journey by road.
As a mid-sized region, doing business in the Central Okanagan is affordable. In 2016, KPMG named Kelowna and the Central Okanagan the most Cost Competitive Region in the Pacific.
Infrastructure like the Kelowna International Airport, Okanagan Centre for Innovation, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Okanagan College, Kelowna General Hospital, Accelerate Okanagan and the City of Kelowna’s Dark Fibre Network are driving innovative growth in advanced manufacturing, technology and agriculture.