Connecting People, Business + Innovation
Here at KAST, we are passionate about connecting people, businesses and their innovative ideas. Since 1998, we’ve led our region’s economic development through technology and innovation and are the only non-profit tech association serving the entire Kootenay region.
How can we help you?
I’m a Supporter
You’re looking to invest, provide support or form partnerships in our innovative tech community.
I’m a Tech + Knowledge Worker
You’re looking for professional development opportunities, access to funding, jobs or networking opportunities.
I’m an Entrepreneur or Small Business
You’re looking to accelerate growth in your business, make connections or find investment opportunities.
I’m a Service Provider
You’re looking to work with tech-related businesses, support our tech economy or gain access to programs and services.
You’re a tech company, entrepreneur, innovator, superhero…and you’re looking for your tribe.
You’ll have access to a multitude of services, programming, events and community initiatives to help you grow your business and network. We also offer sweet discounts, dibs on job postings and free marketing.
As a KAST member, you’ll have exclusive access to all of this and WAY more.
We’ve got a lot going on…
Visit us at the Nelson Innovation Centre and MIDAS Lab.
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What people are saying about KAST:
“The KAST VAP program provided much more value then just the formalities of the curriculum. The launch into the local and extended tech community has proved invaluable and we look forward to working with KAST and the relationships we made through them for a long time to come!”
“KAST has provided great learning and networking opportunities to connect with other tech workers in our region, and linked us to excellent resources from outside the Kootenays. The MIDAS Lab, in particular, has given us the space to develop our projects with the tools we, as a small company, couldn’t afford on our own and surrounded us with people who push our skills further.”
“You get a sense that there’s a real movement going on here. I looked around and saw other companies that are accessing VAP and I saw people talking about having a business mentor and talking about that value, and doing it in a particularly Kootenay kind of way… everyone was both working hard and playing hard, and you can see that there’s a lot of excitement …”