PROGRAM ENDED MARCH 31, 2021
Thank you for your interest in the Tech Resiliency Program but the program officially ended on March 31, 2021. There are no exceptions or extensions at this time. Thank you.
Are you a Kootenay tech company looking for support to navigate through the impacts of COVID-19?
KAST is here to help.
The Tech Resiliency Program is a free program that’s here to help Kootenay-based technology companies. If your tech startup or company has been impacted by COVID-19, our Executives in Residence and Subject Matter Experts here at KAST are here to help with 1:1 support. We will provide you with the mentorship, resources and expertise you need to build resiliency, maintain or expand your operations and so much more.
We can help in one or more of the following areas:
- Business development coaching
- Capital raising
- Digital marketing
- Culture (HR) operations
Or if you need help in an area not listed here, let us know. We’ll do our best to help you out.
Applications are now closed for the TRP program.
The program is designed for startup, growth, and scale-stage technology companies in the Kootenays who are looking for strategic mentorship to solve specific business issues and challenges you need to remain resilient.
We recognize that use of the term technology is wide and varied. For the Tech Resiliency Program, technology is defined as products and productized services, with engineering attributes in advanced communications technologies, digital media and web, electronics design and manufacturing, software development, mechanical and industrial technologies and other advanced engineering disciplines.
How It Works
The Tech Resiliency Program connects tech companies to experienced mentors who will work 1-on-1 with your company to assess needs and support your efforts. All you have to do is apply and someone from our team will get in touch with you to discuss your needs.
Closing date for applications is March 10, 2021 and the program ends March 31, 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of technology companies qualify for this program?
We recognize that use of the term technology is wide and varied. For the Tech Resiliency Program, technology is defined as products and productized services, with engineering attributes in advanced communications technologies, digital media and web, electronics design and manufacturing, software development, mechanical and industrial technologies and other advanced engineering disciplines. We’re especially interested in supporting companies that are developing technologies aimed at target markets and target customers that are aligned with the Province of British Columbia’s key industry sectors. If you’re not sure whether your technology qualifies, please reach out to a partner in your region or contact us.
How can this program help my business?
The Tech Resiliency Program will provide tech sector companies with information, direction and resources to navigate and survive the COVID-19 crisis. If required, applicants may receive customized one-on-one advisory service to maintain and grow their business.
What can I expect after I apply?
Once you submit the intake form on our website, your application will be reviewed by one of our delivery partners. You can expect to hear from them within 3-5 business days.
How long will this program last?
The closing date for applications is March 10, 2021 with the program ending on March 31, 2021.
Who is delivering the program?
The program is delivered by a team of Executives in Residence (EIRs) and/or program advisors supported by a province-wide network of partners and entrepreneurs. Together they make up the BC Acceleration Network (BCAN), an alliance of regional partners and executive-level mentors.
What’s the role of EIRs?
EIRs provide structured management oversight and guidance to help companies navigate and survive the COVID-19 crisis. This is based on the specific domain knowledge or management expertise needed to optimize the entrepreneur’s success.
What kind of training do your EIRs have?
Our EIRs all have extensive experience in entrepreneurship and in the tech industry. In addition, they receive training through the program itself in the use of the Venture Growth Cycle to grow a technology company.
Is there a cost to participating in this program?
The program is a no cost/no obligation program. The primary services of the program are free, and anyone can sign up. However, if needed, engagements with digital service providers or consultants (as independent businesses) will have various costs depending on the scope of your requirements. If/when you need to hire someone, we can also offer advice to ensure you’re considering the right things in the right order. We can review your needs more specifically when you apply to the program.
Proudly Supported by:
The Tech Resiliency Program is supported by the Federal Government (Western Economic Diversification Canada) and Innovate BC; and delivered across the Province by the BC Acceleration Network.