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Kootenay Investors Stepping Up to Seed Local Tech Startups

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.

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 and direct investments and how these investments can support the local economy and tech community.

This Zoom information session will be on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, from 4 - 5 p.m. 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," said Kamren Farr, Personal Finance Instructor at Selkirk College.

"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.” 

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 p.m. PST from Sept. 29 through Dec. 2, 2022, and will consist of two 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, organizers are encouraging interested parties to apply by Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022.

To learn more about the Kootenay Investment Challenge and apply, please visit:

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

About KAST: 

Since 1998, KAST (Kootenay Association for Science & Technology) has led our region’s economic development through technology and innovation. We are the only non-profit tech association serving the entire Kootenay region. Our main offerings are the Venture Acceleration Program, the Nelson Innovation Centre and Youth Programming.

About Spring Activator: 

Spring empowers impact entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem influencers to connect and change the world through innovation. For entrepreneurs in the idea stage to raise their first investment round, wess, gain traction, and raise capital with the goal of changing the world. For investors, Spring delivers the tools, training, and network to validate and launch their business tailored programming, networking events, and access to deal flow to angel investors who are focused on early stage impact ventures. Spring has reached more than 50 communities on 5 continents and continues to serve investors, entrepreneurs, and partners at every stage of their journey. More information at