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Translating Arts and Culture to Dollars and Cents: Kelowna Creative Sector's Economic Impact Grows to $339M
7.17.2019 | Invest Kelowna
While the impact of the arts in our community goes well beyond dollars and cents, the City of Kelowna recently set out to quantify the economic impact of the sector with the 2019 Kelowna Creative Sector Economic Impact Study. The report, which is an update of a 2010 study, found that the creative…
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Tax Incentives Add Fuel to BC's Film and Television Industry
7.17.2019 | Invest Kelowna
Tax credits encourage international and Canadian production corporations to put British Columbians to work in the film and television industry. In the 2018/19 fiscal year, that amounted to 71,000 jobs and an economic impact of $3.2B according to Creative BC.
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Building the Animation Talent Pipeline
7.11.2019 | Invest Kelowna
Guest post from Okanagan College “The industry is saturated with work and there are simply not enough qualified and skilled animators, designers, storyboard artists, FX artists, to fulfill current industry demands,” says Ashley Ramsay, Partner and CEO at Yeti Farm Creative. “The industry shows no…
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Beyond the Startline Featuring Yeti Farm Creative
6.27.2019 | Invest Kelowna
Learn how a home-grown Kelowna animation studio lands global hits like Pete the Cat and Beat Bugs in this guest post from Accelerate Okanagan.
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Entrepreneurship Starts Early in Canada’s Most Entrepreneurial Region
6.19.2019 | Invest Kelowna
The Central Okanagan is known as Canada’s most entrepreneurial region and that spirit is alive and well in Central Okanagan Public Schools. The 22nd annual iGen Challenge (formerly the Young Entrepreneur Program) wrapped up on June 13th, with middle and high school students pitching their innovative…
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Metabridge Returns for it's 11th Annual Technology Executive Retreat
6.12.2019 | Invest Kelowna
Beginning as a program of the COEDC in 2008, Metabridge has since spun off into an independent organization building a global venture capital network that has seen 22+ acquisitions, 135 alumni and over $450M invested in the Canadian startup eco-system.
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Beyond the Startline Featuring Corey Wagner
6.4.2019 | Invest Kelowna
In this guest post, Accelerate Okanagan takes us beyond the startline and behind the scenes with Corey Wagner, CEO of Bananatag. Read on to learn how Corey and his two cofounders launched this high growth global company from the Okanagan.
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A Guide to Coworking in the Okanagan
5.16.2019 | Invest Kelowna
Guest Post from our friends at Accelerate Okanagan It’s no secret that the future of work is changing. Entrepreneurs, remote workers, and small teams aren't looking for office space, they are looking for shared spaces where they can work, connect, and collaborate. Building strong community,…
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IPMC Smart Technologies Makes the Smart Move to Kelowna
5.16.2019 | Invest Kelowna
“As we continue to grow IPMC Smart Technologies’ presence in North America we’ve benefited from connectivity to the regions start-up community, including the local network of great talent and support organizations such as Accelerate Okanagan, Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission, Kelowna…