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KEP Presents the Startup Showdown

The Kootenay Entrepreneurship Program (KEP), a collaborative program offered by KAST, College of the Rockies, and Selkirk College, is thrilled to announce the upcoming Startup Showdown: a dynamic business simulation competition held on February 3 and 4, 2024, simultaneously at both the College of the Rockies (Cranbrook Campus), and Selkirk College (Castlegar Campus).

The two-day event will offer an immersive experience for college students eager to explore the world of entrepreneurship. Hosted by the renowned business expert, Mike Konkin, the Startup Showdown is specially crafted for students with aspirations of launching their own businesses in the future, providing them with invaluable insights and knowledge, even if they have no prior business background.

  • Date: February 3rd and 4th, 2024
  • Locations: College of the Rockies (Cranbrook Campus) and Selkirk College (Castlegar Campus)
  • Host: Mike Konkin
  • Audience: College students

The event promises an engaging business simulation that challenges participants to navigate the complexities of entrepreneurship. Students can register for free either as a team of two to four or as individuals. Individual registrants will be placed onto teams, giving them the exciting opportunity to collaborate with other students from various programs, fostering a dynamic environment for creative exchange.

 

Startup Showdown Registration Form

 

Startup Showdown Event Page

 

To ensure participants can focus on the thrilling competition, the organizers will provide complimentary food and refreshments throughout the event. Additionally, an esteemed panel of local entrepreneurial experts will serve as judges evaluating the participants’ performances. Winners will be honored with awards recognizing their entrepreneurial prowess.

This Startup Showdown not only aims to stimulate innovative thinking but also serves as a platform for students to network with like-minded individuals and industry professionals. The KEP is a collaboration committed to fostering entrepreneurship and empowering the next generation of business leaders in the Kootenay region. Funding for this event was provided by ETSI-BC and the Province of British Columbia.

Join the conversation: #StartupShowdownKEP

For inquiries, please contact Dr. Paul Tiege: PTiege@cotr.bc.ca

 

About the Host Organizations:

Kootenay Entrepreneurship Program (KEP)  –  The Kootenay Entrepreneurship Program is dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in the Kootenay region. Through collaborative initiatives, KEP strives to provide valuable resources, mentorship, and opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Kootenay Association for Science and Technology – KAST is a non-profit organization working to advance science, technology, and innovation in the Kootenay region. Through various programs and initiatives, KAST strives to support the growth of a dynamic and sustainable regional innovation ecosystem.

College of the Rockies – College of the Rockies is a comprehensive community college serving the East Kootenay region. Committed to providing high-quality education and fostering community partnerships, the college plays a vital role in the educational landscape.

Selkirk College – Selkirk College is a community college located in the West Kootenay region, offering a diverse range of programs, and fostering a supportive learning environment. The college is dedicated to empowering students for success in their academic and professional pursuits.

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Since 1998, the Kootenay Association for Science & Technology (KAST) has led our region’s economic development through technology and innovation. We are the only non-profit tech association serving the entire Kootenay region.

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Since 1998, the Kootenay Association for Science & Technology (KAST) has led our region’s economic development through technology and innovation. We are the only non-profit tech association serving the entire Kootenay region.

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