Start Exploring. Start Designing. Start Inventing. Start Here. Start Now.
Do you have a business, product or service idea that you want to get off the ground? Our Start Up Centre brings students, faculty, community partners and mentors together to help you get your idea off the ground and give you the tools you need to transform your ideas into a business.
We are able to offer:
- Access to print and online resources
- Connections to support and funding programs
- Business coaching workshops
- Pitch competitions
- Entrepreneur bootcamps
- And more!
Start Up Centre Office Hours:
From 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm in room KC 247 on the dates listed below.
Come and talk to the experts! In person sessions, drop-in or make an appointment. Bring your questions and ideas. Get some advice, network with other student entrepreneurs, learn how to grow your business!
- 18 January Sue Ross (Futurpreneur)
- 15 February Sue Ross (Futurpreneur)
- 28 February KAST
- 14 March Janice Alpine (Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Association)
- 29 March Sue Ross (Futurpreneur)
- 11 April KAST
- 19 April Sue Ross (Futurpreneur)
Sign up to hear our engaging speakers talk about things you need to know if you are starting or thinking of starting a small business! First-steps and what to watch for, start up financing, competition and competitive advantage, making budgets and cash flow assumptions and more! What about if your goal isn’t a typical business? We have social enterprise covered too!
All presentation times are 6:00 pm in Room KC 250 (Cranbrook Campus Lecture Theatre).
Zoom meeting link TBA
January 18 – Starting your Trades-based Business
Guest Speaker: Sue Ross, Futurpreneur
Thinking of starting your own business or working for yourself when you complete your trades program? Sue Ross will present interesting case studies of regional tradespeople who have started their own businesses with the support of Futurpreneur. Bring your questions for Sue!
February 14 – We ♥ Social Enterprise double feature!
The Outdoor Learning Store – from inception to now
Guest Speaker: Jade Harvey (Outdoor Learning Store)
What we do, how we do it, who it benefits and why it matters.
Introduction to Enactus
Guest Speaker: Kylie Myrah (Okanagan College Enactus Chapter)
Enactus is the world’s largest experiential learning platform dedicated to creating a better world while developing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and social innovators. Find out how Enactus works at Okanagan College and the great projects their students lead!
March 14 – Competitors and Competitive Advantage
Guest Speaker: Janice Alpine, Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Agency
Learn how to identify your competitive space and how to use your competitive advantage.
March 21 – Start Up Financing
Guest Speaker: Keri Sanderman, Community Futures East Kootenay
Thinking about starting a business when you graduate? Turning that passion project into a lifelong dream business? This talk will tell you what you need to know about financing your start-up!
April 11 – Local Business Showcase
Information coming soon!
Our Community Partners
Community Futures East Kootenay
Designed with entrepreneurs in mind, our goal is to work with you to identify and create the right financing solution to meet your business’s specific needs. CFEK can take the lead or partner with traditional lenders to understand and address your unique financing needs.
Futurpreneur has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for two decades. We are the online national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39.
Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Agency
Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Agency is here to support Aboriginal businesses in the Kootenays by providing advice, support and technical assistance in business exploration.