Turn an idea to gold with MIDAS support.
Have a concept related to metals, materials and/or new fabrication?
Not sure where to start, or how to grow? MIDAS can help.
What is it (VAP): KAST’s Venture Acceleration Program (VAP) is a major stomp on the gas pedal of your business, designed specifically to launch and grow your technology idea, start-up or business venture – faster and more successfully.
Value (VAP): VAP clients receive dedicated attention from an experienced Entrepreneur-in-Residence, a “been there, done it” technology and business professional. Contact Innopreneur Director Rose Hoeher at 250 354-7894 for more info.
What is it (BBA): Non-technology businesses can access free coaching and consulting support from the Basin Business Advisors, delivered by our partners at Community Futures.
What is it (HERE): It takes more than a village to grow a technology company, especially if situated in a beautiful but isolated setting with limited access to necessary professional/technical services. To better support our VAP clients, KAST has partnered with carefully selected professionals through the High Value Expertise in a Rural Environment (HERE) program.
Value (HERE): VAP clients receive free local legal, engineering, online marketing, leadership and digital fabrication services. To access, inquire about your eligibility for the Venture Acceleration Program (as above).
What is it: most business ideas need some financial support. Access our Innopreneur Director Rose Hoeher at 250 354-7894 to make sure your concept is ready for investment, then tap our network for funding access.
Value: don’t go for money until you are ready and make sure you apply to the right funds. MIDAS will guide you! We can make the introductions and make sure you are ready to apply.
- $2-million Impact Investment Fund
- Community Futures Loans
- National Research Programs like IRAP, SRED
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT:
Contact MIDAS Project Director Amber Hayes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250 368-7618 to inquire about R&D support.
What is it: You have a design: if your company is designing a physical product you can likely have it printed at MIDAS to test for use.
Value: save time and money by printing at MIDAS instead of using a print lab out of area.
What is it: You need to reverse engineer something: you already have a “thing” and want to make more, this could be a piece of equipment, a component, a product. Use our scanner to import the design easily into a CAD or other design platform to edit and/or print/replicate.
Value: saves a HUGE amount of time and is incredibly accurate.
New concepts at an existing business:
What is it: you have a new concept stemming from your existing business, but don’t want to risk expanding your current operations. Use MIDAS as a test space. We can offer expertise and academic partnership to execute R&D.
Value: keep business as usual and with small investment explore new product development and prototyping at MIDAS instead of your valuable production space. Save time, money and reduce risk.
Research & development (R&D):
What is it: MIDAS has academic partners with access to cutting edge technologies (ie. electron / atomic microscopes), student and faculty research networks (we can hook you up to some of the smartest minds in Western Canada).
Value: you need expertise you don’t have in-house, MIDAS can get it for you at no or subsidized cost through our networks and/or academic programs.