Venture Acceleration Program launched

Kootenay Association for Science and Technology offers support to tech startups and entrepreneurs through BCIC’s province-wide initiative.

Everyone needs a helping hand once in a while.

And for fledgling technology entrepreneurs in Rossland who might feel alone in their endeavours, the B.C. Venture Acceleration Program is the help they seek.

The Venture Acceleration Program provides technology entrepreneurs anywhere in the province with easy access to highly qualified entrepreneurial expertise and know-how in an “organized and consistent manner.”

KAST in Rossland and the Kootenay Rockies Innovation Council (KRIC) in Cranbrook are both joining a province-wide network of partners offering the structured venture growth program to local technological entrepreneurs.

“As the catalyst for advancing technological development to revitalize and diversify the West Kootenay-Boundary region, we are confident the Venture Acceleration Program will help local tech startups and entrepreneurs seize opportunities in the knowledge economy,” said Kelvin Saldern, executive director of KAST.

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 B.C. Innovation Council in the Kootenays in partnership with the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust. Offered through regional partners in the BC Acceleration Network and led by a dedicated Executive in Residence (EIR), the program encourages a disciplined approach to growing a technology company.

At $200 per month, the Venture Acceleration Program offers exceptional value to startups.

There are now 10 partners offering the program through the B.C. 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 now accepting applications to join the Venture Acceleration Program. For more information, go to or




About BCIC

BCIC accelerates the commercialization of technology in the priority sectors of the BC Jobs Plan, through the support of startups and the development of entrepreneurs. Together with its partners, BCIC delivers programs and initiatives that promote startup growth and speed to market, resulting in jobs, revenue and economic development. BCIC is a Crown Agency of the Province of British Columbia. |

About KAST

The Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) is a registered non-profit society that works to foster a culture that values science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship as activities vital to maintaining the competitiveness of the region.


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