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Media Cooler gets a Jump Start

Media Cooler recently won Accelerate Okanagan's Jump:Start:Challange. As Jeff Keen, CEO of Accelerate Okanagan says “The Jump:Start:Challenge aims to get companies investment ready. The tools, resources and mentorship the finalists received over the nine weeks of the competition have proven to be invaluable to the entrepreneurs in their efforts to secure funding and grow their companies,”.

Media Cooler ( is based in Kelowna and has developed software that provides a searchable database of publisher's content (articles and images). It them allows that content to be licensed for a small fee.

I sat down with Alison Yesilcimen last week to talk about her company, the win, and the future of online content.

In the age of blogs, branded content, newsletters, etc Media Cooler is a way for smaller organizations to access and use top notch content without having to pay the full expense of hiring a journalist to create something original. One of their first clients is the Toronto Star:

As the overall winner Media Cooler will also receive access to Accelerate Okanagan’s Venture Acceleration Program, which helps high potential technology companies accelerate their growth and maximize their opportunity.

An investor-ready pitch competition, the Jump:Start:Challenge is designed specifically to help technology companies and entrepreneurs raise investment to finance their growth, increase their revenues and drive market share.

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About the Author


Ryan Donn
(singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, Councillor at the City of Kelowna). 

I love creating and connecting. For years I spent most of my time in Kelowna creating songs. Those songs have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

In the past few years I've focused on creating community events including Music in the Park, New York New Years, Castanet’s Free Family Skate, Talented Kids, Talented Kelowna, etc. 

I use this column to connect some of our local creatives, events, unique local projects/non-profits, or perhaps the random column about our city. 

Originally from Scotland I’ve lived in Kelowna for over 20 years.  My wife, Kimberly, and our two daughters, Lyla and Bella, share our home with Tom (adult with diverse abilities). In 2014 I was elected to Kelowna City Council. 

Opinions are my own and don't represent the City of Kelowna, Festivals Kelowna or Creative Okanagan. 

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The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet presents its columns "as is" and does not warrant the contents.

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