Published On: Wednesday, 20 September 2017

3 Okanagan Companies Among Nation's Fastest Growing

3 Okanagan Companies Among Nation's Fastest Growing

OKANAGAN REGION - The STARTUP 50 winners were recently announced and have been profiled in the October issue of Maclean’s magazine and online at

In order to be eligible, a company must have been founded and started generating revenue between July 1, 2011, and early 2014. From there a shortlist of companies based was created based on revenue figures supplied by ballot, then verified through detailed questionnaires and reviews of financial statements. A minimum revenue requirement of $1 million in the most recent fiscal year applied to all firms. Growth rates were calculated using a base-year minimum of $200,000.

Out of the 50 incredible startup companies selected, three Okanagan-based startups landed in the top 20. The top 20!

Here is a little more intel on these three home-grown success stories.

  • No. 1 — Strawhouse Inc
    • Strawhouse is a collective of marketers, creators, technologists and divergent thinkers. Through a mix of proprietary data, human talent, in-house software, and financial resources, they support with customer acquisition for high-growth companies. They have successfully driven over $600 million in revenue for their clients and worked to scale over 100 companies worldwide. Strawhouse has developed industry-leading technology that allows them to generate market insights almost presciently resulting in unparalleled ROI.
  • No. 12 — 5 Point Operations
    • 5 Point Operations manage and provide custom solutions for thousands of properties across western Canada. General contracting, facility site management, snow removal, ice control, landscape construction and concrete processes are all areas of expertise. Their team of 153 full-time employees includes skilled consultants, tradespeople, and professionals. 5 Point provides many of Canada’s leading property management companies, including facilities such as airports, government sites, shopping centers, office towers, sports facilities, educational institutions and retail stores.
  • No. 19 — Refresh Financial
    • Refresh Financial helps customers (even those with low credit or no credit scores) boost credit, build savings, and get approved so they can take control of their own financial future. The team, just over fifty people in size, also creates tools and content to coach Canadians on financial literacy and programs offered are designed to build credit safely so life goals can be achieved in a more flexible and attainable way.