After three years providing mentorship, connections and a low-cost space to high-tech businesses, Kamloops Innovation Centre has turned out its first graduate.
Eight months after joining Kamloops Innovation’s Tranquille Road businesses-in-residence, as they are known, Open Gaming Solutions (OGS) is ready to spread its wings into larger downtown offices.
The company offers software and consulting to the world gaming industry. It focuses on regulated lottery jurisdictions and skill-based gaming operators.
Its founders, Chris Wright and Kuldeep Bath, have also expanded local employment opportunities, hiring eight new workers.
“We came to Kamloops Innovation to discuss our idea with business mentors, and were blown away by the supportive start-up community in our city,” said Wright. “Seeing the other start-ups and talking with mentors gave us the confidence to go forward with our venture.”
Kamloops Innovations offers a variety of mentoring for tech organizations, including coaching growth in early-stage ventures, collaboration and affordable office space and amenities.
Wright and Bath’s success merely adds to the pool of expertise to draw on, said Lincoln Smith, Kamloops Innovation executive director.
“OGS is an example of how a couple of driven guys with a great idea have worked with our high-tech community to grow a business and will be there to help the next wave of entrepreneurs,” said Smith.