The winners of Accelerate Okanagan’s Jump:Start Challenge have been announced.
WTFast (What The Fast) was announced as the overall winner of the inaugural Jump:Start Challenge. The startup will receive an award valued at $10,000, including one year in Accelerate Okanagan’s Venture Acceleration Program, plus one year’s free office space at Accelerate Okanagan’s Kelowna or Penticton innovation centres.
WTFast is a West Kelowna-based startup founded by Rob Bartlett in December 2009. The company is based around a SaaS that speeds up massively multiplayer online games such as World of Warcraft by up to 90%. WTFast currently has 110,000 users across the world.
”The Jump:Start Challenge offered a great opportunity for start-ups to really get their companies off the ground,” said Mark Payne, Acting CEO of BCIC. “The tools, resources and mentorship the finalists received from Accelerate Okanagan over the nine weeks of the competition have proven to be invaluable to the entrepreneurs and the long term success of their companies.”
“The Jump:Start Challenge was designed to not only identify the hottest technology startups, entrepreneurs and growth companies across the Okanagan with the vision, technology and management to make a big impact on the world, but was designed to provide entrants with intensive training, coaching and mentorship and assist them access sources of funding,” says Jason Neale, CEO of Accelerate Okanagan.
Neale extended his sincere appreciation to Accelerate Okanagan’s Partners – KPMG, Grant Thornton, Whiteboard Law, Pushor Mitchell and Alma Consulting Group – “for their generous support of the Jump:Start initiative.”