The iGen Challenge is for grade 7-12 students that want to innovate and engage with entrepreneurship. Students gain access to mentors from the local businesses find solutions to real world problems. Students are guided through a start up process to create enterprises, find funding, build a network and make an impact in the innovation ecosystem in the Okanagan. Many young entrepreneurial minds in Central Okanagan Public Schools need coaching, mentorship and opportunity to innovate. The iGen Challenge has been created to meet this need.
Highschool teams: 1st Prize: $2500 2nd Prize: $1500 3rd Prize: $1000 And, $1000 for Middle School teams
What is the iGen Challenge? Watch this video to get a peek of the final event.
Congratulations to the Top 3 Teams!
1st Place N.A. Productions Owen Brunt & Trent Swetlishoff
Accelerate Okanagan provides mentorship and coaching for startups, growth-stage companies, and everything in between! Regardless of an entrepreneur’s experience or stage of company development, having a mentor to help navigate the entrepreneurial journey is key. Accelerate Okanagan works with a diverse team of executives in residence (EIRs) to help local entrepreneurs. Our accomplished team of EIRs have experience starting, growing, running, and selling companies. Coaching entrepreneurs are their way of giving back to the community that supported their success. Mentorship is a key part of an ecosystem and growing a company, no matter what stage you are at. This happens from seasoned mentors like EIRs but it also happens from other peers, professionals, and service providers. It takes a community to build a company.
Watch this video of a previous winner. Maya Gay and Basecamp Card Company.