Kootenay Pitch Competition 2020/21

  • 12 Entrepreneurs

  • 3 Pitch Events

  • 1 Grand Finale & Champion

For the first time in Kootenay history, technology entrepreneurs and startups from across the region will go head to head in the first ever Kootenay Pitch Competition at the Nelson Innovation Centre, hosted by KAST (Kootenay Association for Science & Technology) and sponsored by Nelson & District Credit UnionTraction on Demand and Volition. Entrepreneurs will be competing for cold hard cash and amazing prizes.  Mentorship, networking, support and incredible exposure are all up for grabs.

The competition is made up of three pitch events (November, January and March) with a Grand Finale pitch event in April 2021. The first pitch event will be held November 5, 2020 with applications due September 24, 2020.


Did you know you’re three times more likely to succeed with mentorship?! Get FREE 1:1 pitch coaching from Master Pitch & Presentation Instructor and Coach, Paul Brassard from Volition, free entrance into Volition’s Pitch & Presentation Masterclass prior to the pitch event, plus a free consultation with an innovation advisor. You’ll also get live pitch feedback from our panel at the event!


Meet other entrepreneurs, start-ups and businesses plus make connections with technology experts, mentors and investors.


You can’t raise capital if you can’t pitch your company. The ONLY way to learn how to pitch is to practice in a real setting. You’ll be pitching to a panel that includes investors, technology experts, funding agencies and experienced entrepreneurs. You’ll also be pitching in front of a large virtual audience as well as a small in-person audience.