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Time to 'Jumpstart' your business

There is only a few days left to enter the third annual Accelerate Okanagan's Jump:Start:Challenge, a competition geared at helping you take your business to the next level.

Accelerate Okanagan says the Jump:Start:Challenge is an investor-ready pitch competition aimed at supporting technology companies and entrepreneurs that are looking to start, accelerate and grow.

They have put out the call and challenge to enter the challenge to all the hottest technology startups, entrepreneurs and growth companies in the Okanagan with vision, technology and management.

The required investor pitch is a five minute presentation (plus three min. Q&A session) made to potential investors telling them what they need to know to decide whether or not to invest in your company.

To make your pitch investor-ready, you will need to prepare your presentation through the eyes of the investors and address their concerns.

Entrants to the Jump:Start:Challenge will then be invited to present their “investor pitch” at a forum on January 10.

The top 10 entrants will then receive eight weeks of expert training, coaching and mentorship to improve their pitch and increase their chances of raising capital.

Of those teams, five finalists will present their “investor ready” pitch to select members of the BC investment community.

"We've seen remarkable successes from previous Jump:Start:Challenge participants, and we're excited to see what the next group of Okanagan technology companies have to offer,” says Jeff Keen, CEO of AO

"I found the Jump:Start:Challenge invaluable - it's like a boot camp for companies looking for investment. Thanks to AO and this program I have gone from never pitching before in my life to now pitching to investors in Vancouver, California and Seattle,” shares Rob Bartlett, CEO of WTFast and the winner of Jump:Start:Challenge 2011.

"The mentorship that you get is incredible, as it allows you to continuously improve how you pitch your company's idea. As an entrepreneur, you are going to need these skills anywhere, whether it’s in a boardroom selling your product or presenting to investors and so having those skills, and always refining those skills, is very important," adds Alison Yesilcimeh, CEO of Media Cooler Innovations and winner of Jump:Start:Challenge 2012.

The deadline for applications is December 13, 2013.

Those interested in applying must email a one page description of their business concept to [email protected]

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