Tech company? Entrepreneur? Got a big idea? We’re here to help.
KAST will help you build your business, commercialize your technology, grow your startup, and so much more. Bring your ideas to life through unique programs that focus on mentorship, coaching and networking opportunities.
We believe entrepreneurs create significant community and economic benefit, so we’re happy to give you the tools you need to transform your tech dreams into reality.
Venture Acceleration Program
An Innovate BC initiative
If you’re a tech company or entrepreneur looking to commercialize your technology, the Venture Acceleration Program will give you the coaching, support and confidence you need to do it.
Women in Tech Entrepreneurship
Developed by Volition, Powered by Women in Tech World
Delivered by myCEO
Are you a Kootenay-based woman thinking about or already are an entrepreneur in a tech-based business? Join a group of like-minded women who will come together to learn from industry experts and advance their business.
GLOWS (Growing, Learning, Opportunities with STEAM) provides the children and youth of today with inspiration to become tomorrow’s engineers, scientists, computer programmers and so much more…
Learn About Our Previous Programs
Digital Economy: Rapid Response + Resiliency
Developed by Innovate BC
In response to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Innovate BC and KAST are pleased to offer the Digital Economy: Rapid Response + Resiliency (DER3) Program to support small-medium sized businesses, in any sector, enter or expand in the digital economy.
Kootenay Pitch Competition
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.
Tech Resiliency Program
Developed by Innovate BC
Are you a tech company looking for some guidance to adjust operations and navigate the economic impacts of COVID-19? Our Tech Resiliency Program expands existing advisory services, such as the Venture Acceleration Program, and resources available to small and medium sized tech businesses.
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 …”