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Virtual Reality Startup Making Its Mark

Saturday, November 26, 2016 @ 6:47 AM

Prince George, B.C. – The future looks bright for a trio of tech entrepreneurs in Prince George.

The three under 30s – Sydney Redpath, Luke Hutchison and Kayli VanderMeer – hatched the idea for their new company, XP Entertainment, two months ago, during Startup Weekend.

Redpath, a third-year marketing student at UNBC, says they launched their virtual reality company just two weeks later.

Virtual reality is a brand-new experience that has been introduced to the tech industry. Essentially a user uses a headset and becomes lost in another world from walking around on an ocean floor to walking on the rings in Saturn.

“I went into Startup weekend not really knowing what was going to happen, I was just there for the experience, and my two future partners got up and pitched their idea of bringing virtual reality to the public some how,” she says.

“And I’d heard of virtual reality before – didn’t really know too much about it – but I immediately wanted to join their group. So, for the next 72 hours we worked on the theoretical XP Entertainment and presented the whole idea to a group of industry professionals.”

Redpath says they started up shortly after that and publicly launched it earlier this month at Studio Fair. She says the response was unbelievable.

“We had at least about an hour wait for people to even get into to try and we were only giving people little five-minute demonstrations. We attracted a huge crowd of people just watching.”

She says the response was so great that they’re hoping to offer their mobile service at Christmas staff parties over the holidays.

Ultimately though, they’d like to move from out their office at Hubspace at expand their services.

“We’re just trying to dream big on it so we want to maybe get into a store front for next year or whenever it’s feasible for us,” says Redpath. “We want to provide a place for say if you’re just coming from a dinner and you want something to do on a weekday night, people might want to try something different than going to the driving range or watching a movie and visit us.”

If you’d like to get a glimpse of what XP Entertainment is all about, they will be offering demonstrations at UNBC’s Conference Centre from noon until 2 in Room 6212 this Monday.


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