KELOWNA – Okanagan Changemakers invites the public to celebrate local social entrepreneurs who will be pitching their innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges at this year’s ChangeUP on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at the Kelowna Community Theatre. Come and vote for your favourite social entrepreneur in each of two categories, Youth and Adult.
This year’s ChangeUP, Okanagan Changemakers’ third pitch competition, will feature six finalists who will present their ideas for tackling some of our community’s most difficult challenges. Through live voting, the audience selects the best social impact initiative in each category with cash and in-kind services on the line.
ChangeUP was first held in 2013 and the sold-out event featured finalists making a difference in areas as diverse as financial literacy for low-income individuals to helping businesses decrease their carbon emissions. ChangeUP in 2015 recognized the work of organizations connecting local farmers to families and restaurants, helping children get outdoors and play, and supplying shoes to those in need among other worthy projects.
In addition to the pitch portion of the evening, Okanagan Changemakers is thrilled to announce that Murad Al-Katib, the Ernst & Young Global Entrepreneur of the Year and founder of AGT Foods and Ingredients based in Saskatchewan, will be the guest speaker. Under Murad’s leadership, AGT has delivered 700 million refugee meals made of Saskatchewan lentils, chickpeas and wheat into the United Nations Syrian refugee program. “It’s an excellent thing that Canadian and Saskatchewan products are contributing to the food security we need,” said Al-Katib. “We recognized that if we could innovate, we could help by bringing a lower cost to their program, which would allow them to feed millions more people.” AGT is continually growing due to Al-Katib’s entrepreneurial approach to sustainable agriculture, but he’s far from done. Join us on November 2nd, 2017 to hear Al-Katib’s story, learn about his work with the Syrian refugees, and how he has used his success to encourage positive change not only at home but around the world.
Individuals and organizations interested in pitching at ChangeUP can complete an online application on Okanagan Changemakers’ website until 11:59 p.m., Saturday, September 30, 2017.