Premier Announces $6 Million for Cutting-Edge Innovation Centre
July 28, 2014
KELOWNA - Premier Christy Clark and Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Andrew Wilkinson were joined by local technology entrepreneurs today to announce that the Province has made a commitment to invest up to $6 million toward the development of the new state-of-the-art Okanagan Centre for Innovation.
“Becoming the next made-in-B.C. success story like HootSuite or Club Penguin is no easy task - that’s why we’re investing in this project to help give people in our tech industry a competitive advantage,” said Premier Clark. “This new centre will help entrepreneurs get their companies up and running, and launch Kelowna not only as a national tech leader but a globally recognized destination for tech investment and entrepreneurial development.”
Construction of the six-storey, 9,850 square-metre (106,000 square-foot) centre, which will be located adjacent to the Okanagan Regional Library, is expected to begin in late summer and is anticipated to be completed in early 2016. The innovative centre will provide work space for budding local technology entrepreneurs, students and companies at a minimal cost. In return, entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to collaboratively develop their ideas, gain invaluable experience and grow their businesses further with companies and mentors, like Accelerate Okanagan, who also will share office space in this building.
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