Please Note: If you have applied in the past and were not eligible, you may be eligible now. Contact Amber McGregor today to submit a new application or get additional information.

2018 LEAP! Intakes
The next LEAP! starts on March 12th, 2018. Submit your application immediately! Contact Amber McGregor am@kes.bc.ca today! Read more about LEAP! below.


The LEAP! Program….

LEAP! Is an accelerator program designed to help you kick-start your inspired idea and test it live.

Kootenay Employment Services and Simon Fraser University are collaborating for the fourth year to bring Creston Valley entrepreneurs access to a powerful startup launch program.  The Local Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program (LEAP!) process is a 13-week program designed to help entrepreneurs evaluate their business idea, test their model, and modify it to create a sustainable business. LEAP! takes a fast-paced, hands-on, community-based approach to idea incubation.  The approach is proven: it has helped to launch successful enterprises in many parts of rural BC – from micro-breweries to car-share coops. Participants come away with the skills and confidence to do the boots-on-the-ground work that will get their business operational.  LEAP! gives participants access to cutting-edge entrepreneurial training and provides  a supportive environment to put theory into action and evaluate results as they go.  Next program start March 2018.


http://sfuleap.ca/         http://www.kes.bc.ca


LEAP!!  = Expert instructors and mentors

+ Weekly classroom sessions led by SFU facilitator

+ Weekly support by KES facilitator Amber McGregor and Brandy Dyer

+ 4-8 hours/week of independent effort

+ “Barn raiser” gala event to share your new venture

+ Cash award and prizes to the top enterprise as voted by the gala ticket holders

Entrepreneurs with an inspired business idea who need some practical structure, tools, and support evaluating viability.  This could include non-profit champions with project ideas that could make money to further their mission. Former 2016 LEAP! Barnraiser participants is available here.

The next LEAP! starts on March 12, 2018. Cut-off for applications is March 9, 2018.

Contact KES and mention LEAP! We will walk you through an easy process to determine your eligibility and answer any questions you have. Eligible candidates will be invited to submit a program application. Participants will be selected based on the strength of their business concept and their dedication to testing and growing their idea.

LEAP! Training is valued at over $2,000/participant. Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund and support from KES is covering the entire training program cost.

Interested? Call Amber McGregor at 250-428-5655 or Email am@kes.bc.ca


Funding provided by Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training

Previous LEAP! Participant Profiles:


Danika Peltzer
Luv at First Bite
Desserts & Confections

Heather Viers
Zenith Henna

Warren Amas
Grass Roots Rod & Custom

Dylan Fladhamer
Paleo GO

Miranda Wolfe
Littlejoy After-School Workshops & Gallery

Aaron Carter
On The Farm Welding

Tessa Park
T Lane Design & Wreckroots Vintage