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Kootenay Entrepreneurship Program 2023-2024

Kootenay Entrepreneurship Program 2023-2024

Discover entrepreneurship and attend events and skill-building seminars tailored to your needs to launch a business!

Are you ready to embark on an exciting journey into the world of entrepreneurship? Whether you’re a budding business owner or thinking of the next great idea, join us in Castlegar and Cranbrook  to begin your entrepreneurial dreams.

In collaboration with Selkirk College and The College of The Rockies, in this introduction to entrepreneurship program, we’ll guide you through the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Kootenays through two events held simultaneously in Castlegar and Cranbrook, followed up by sector-specific training that will give you all the tools to help you launch your business successfully.


Applications for the February 2024 Startup showdown are now closed. 

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Weekend Startup Showdown

Join KAST, Selkirk College and College of the Rockies in a two-day entrepreneurial showdown where teams will compete through a business simulator to test your knowledge and prepare you for the journey to launch your own business!

  • Network with entrepreneurial peers
  • Learn from experts in the field
  • Make local connections to business support
  • Compete against your college rivals!

Event here: https://kast.com/events/start-up-showdown-2024/

Idea to Launch Sector-Specific Training Series

In the West Kootenays, are you interested in Digital Fabrication? Ready to take those skills and build yourself a business that will thrive in our local landscape?  Join KAST and Selkirk College in the DFAB-specific training series to bring your ideas to reality


In the East Kootenays, your sector is coming soon!  Stay tuned for an opportunity to join KAST and College of the Rockies on an adventure into launching your next big idea!


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