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Kootenay Association for Science & Technology (KAST) is providing programming to local tech entrepreneurs and businesses in the Kootenay by partnering with Spring Activator and Volition to run an Investment Readiness Training program from March through May of this year. Impact investing emphasizes a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return.

This training will be a 9-week program facilitated by Spring Activator & Volition, preparing Kootenay region entrepreneurs and startups to be investment-ready. Participating entrepreneurs will gain unique insights into the mindset of investors, learn the fundamentals of seeking investment capital and develop their own pitch presentation. Each session will be a hybrid event, allowing participants to attend in person at the Nelson Innovation Centre or via Zoom Conference.

From this program, participants will:
● Develop their funding literacy, including learning the basics of capital raising, finding the
ideal investor and completing the supporting paperwork.
● Develop their pitch presentation by learning how to engage with a clear, concise and
compelling story-based pitch & presentation.
● Establish their approach to revenue generation in support of fundraising.
● Learn how to prepare for a detailed investor review of their company.
● Learn how to close the investment deal.

All Kootenay region tech entrepreneurs and startups who are ready to or already are, raising funds from investors to apply for this program are invited. KAST is accepting applications from now through to Midnight on Monday, February 28, 2022.

“KAST is excited to partner with Spring Activator and Volition in bringing the Investment Readiness Training program to our Kootenay Region tech entrepreneurs and startups. Raising funds for your business can be challenging, which is why we are bringing you the experts to support every stage of your company’s growth”. – Melanie Fontaine, Executive Director of Kootenay Association for Science and Technology

“Spring Activator is incredibly excited to be working with technology startups in the Kootenays region alongside our friends and partners at KAST and Volition. The Investment Readiness Training program is a great opportunity for founders to gain access to a supportive community, identify what their path to investment and growth could look like, and prepare fundraising materials. Our teams are looking forward to providing coaching, expert advice, and tangible examples and steps to take your business to the next level!” – Kristen Perry, Impact Investing Program Manager at Spring Activator

“We are very excited to be joining forces again with our friends and partners at Spring and KAST in their mission to empower entrepreneurs in the Kootenays region. Helping tech startups to be able to identify funding opportunities, be confidently investment-ready, with a polished pitch and presentation, the Investment Readiness Training program is a fantastic opportunity to grow!” – Melanie Ewan and Paul Brassard, Managing Partners of Volition

To apply for the program click here.

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