YuKonstruct and co(space)—two initiatives part of the YuKonstruct Makerspace Society— have announced a new partnership with Startup Canada that will benefit the fledgling Yukon startup ecosystem. As part of the Startup Space Fund, an initiative seeking grassroots coworking spaces, entrepreneurs will be able to access the space to grow their businesses.
“The entrepreneurial movement is gaining momentum in Whitehorse and I am thoroughly impressed with the leadership from makers, artisans, entrepreneurs, government, media, and the broader community to make Whitehorse a strong entrepreneurial hub,” said Victoria Lennox, CEO of Startup Canada.
Access to the YuKontruct Makerspace and (co)space in downtown Whitehorse will be made available to entrepreneurs through the Startup Canada Passport, a component of the Startup Canada Membership Program, which launches in 2016. The spaces were chosen based on regional demand, the innovative nature of the space, and additional benefits provided to Startup Canada Members.
“YuKonstruct Makerspace Society is thrilled to be partnering with the Startup Canada family,” said Society President John Glynn-Morris. “Both our makerspace and new coworking space – (co)space – are the first of their kind in the North and they will benefit greatly and contribute a northern perspective to this national network.”