Kootenay Investors Stepping Up to Seed Local Tech Startups

The Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST) has scheduled an Investor Information Session geared toward Kootenay region investors who want to learn more about angel & direct investments and how these investments can support the local economy and tech community. This Zoom information session will be on Thursday, September 8th, 2022, from 4:00 - 5:00 pm PST.

The investor information session will also allow Kootenay region investors to learn about the Kootenay Investment Challenge that KAST is bringing to the region through their partnership with Spring Activator. Joining this partnership is Kamren Farr, a Personal Finance Instructor at Selkirk College. Farr has a diverse background in the entrepreneurial world that ranges from working with TEC Edmonton to running the Incubators program at NAIT, and working with several successful startups. KAST is thrilled to have Farr join the Challenge as a host and mentor to our local investor community.

“Our region is filled with talented people that can make a difference both as entrepreneurs and investors. However, an early investment in an idea is often critical in developing a future company and making that investment can be very challenging to do on your own. The Kootenay Investment Challenge is a great way to learn about early-stage investing, connect with like-minded people, and make an investment that could launch the next great Kootenay Startup.” Kamren Farr, Personal Finance Instructor at Selkirk College

The Kootenay Investment Challenge is a place-based version of Spring Activator's successful Impact Investor Challenge. Taking place this Fall, participants will meet weekly for two-hour sessions where investors and investment-ready entrepreneurs will work through all aspects of the investment process. This program will provide unique insight for tech founders and investors to work together and learn each other's mindsets. The Challenge runs Thursdays, 4 - 6 pm PST from September 29th through December 2nd, 2022, and will consist of 2 pitch events and eight educational sessions.

“The Impact Investor Challenge is a great way to learn about investing in a startup while actually making an investment at the end. This program is designed for people who want to act on their commitment to their region and finance a local company. We are delighted to be working with KAST and support their goals to develop the entrepreneurial landscape in the region” Davina MacPhail, Program Manager at Spring Activator

KAST is looking for accredited and non-accredited investors to participate in this program. To avoid missing out, we are encouraging interested parties to apply by Thursday, September 22nd, 2022. To learn more about the Kootenay Investment Challenge and apply, please visit: www.kast.com/kic/

To register for the Investor Information Session on Thursday, September 8th, 2022, please follow this link.