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Since 1998, KAST (Kootenay Association for Science & Technology) has led our region’s economic development through technology and innovation.

KAST is a connector of four regional districts, five First Nations, 29 municipalities, nine school districts, three postsecondary institutions, dozens of nonprofits, hundreds of small businesses and thousands of tech workers.

KAST is the largest technology-focused economic development association in the Kootenay economic region. 

Creating inclusive economic opportunities through technology and innovation

Supporting the Kootenays.

Learn, support, and engage with technology and innovative thinking in your community.

Opportunities for youths aged 5-17.

Build skills, discover passions through interactive play and learn about fields in science, tech innovation and entrepreneurship.

Our Mission

Our mission is to enable a vibrant, thriving and healthy tech community in the Kootenays by creating inclusive economic opportunities, stimulating job growth and by providing entrepreneurs and businesses with the support they need to thrive in the local and digital economy.

KAST is here to attract, support and connect people and businesses. We do that at our main space, Nelson Innovation Centre, and through numerous regional programs, services, networking opportunities, events and partnerships.