KAST offers support for startups

KAST is accepting applications to join the Venture Acceleration Program.

BCIC welcomed the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) as a partner offering the BC Venture Acceleration Program. KAST in Rossland and the Kootenay Rockies Innovation Council (KRIC) in Cranbrook are both joining a province-wide network of partners offering a structured venture growth program to BC tech entrepreneurs.

“The rapid growth of B.C.’s technology sector provides a wide range of opportunities,” said Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Andrew Wilkinson. “Our support for the BC Innovation Council and its regional network of Venture Accelerators like the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology is creating an environment where a new generation of technology start-ups can grow and thrive, bringing the advantages of a strong tech industry to the Kootenays and across B.C.”

The Venture Acceleration Program is a structured venture growth program that helps early-stage entrepreneurs in B.C. grow their companies. It is funded by BCIC in the Kootenays in partnership with the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust.

Along with KAST and KRIC in the Kootenays, BCIC also announced today that Innovation Central Society in Prince George is also offering the BC Venture Acceleration Program. There are now 10 partners offering the program through the BC Acceleration Network. More than 100 B.C. companies have taken part in the program, creating 303 jobs since the BC Venture Acceleration Program was launched last year.

KAST is accepting applications to join the Venture Acceleration Program. For more information, go to kast.com or bcacceleration.ca.