Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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2020 Yukon Innovation Prize (YIP) applications NOW OPEN!

Yukon College’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the Yukon Government, Department of Economic Development is hosting the 2020 Yukon Innovation Prize.

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What We Do

Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E) at Yukon College provides entrepreneurs with access to a wide range of supports critical to bringing their ideas to life, such as funding for developing and testing prototypes, intellectual property protection and product scaling and commercialization. We empower innovators and entrepreneurs to realize their full potential by enabling the most advantageous resources, expertise, space and funding. 

I&E also provides invaluable connections for business-specific services including legal and accounting services, business coaching, and professional services and expertise suited to specific projects. I&E links innovators to coaches and mentors, and to a network of businesses and entrepreneur-focused groups locally, regionally and nationally. 

Upcoming programs and courses at I&E

Is Entrepreneurship for YOU? (free event)

  • February 26, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM,  Yukon College - Dawson (982 Third Ave)

A workshop created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, designed to inspire Yukoners to launch innovative businesses. Join us for a presentation +  Q&A session with NorthLight Innovation team and learn what it takes, what resources are available here in the Yukon to help you turn that idea into a sustainable business.

The workshop will include a presentation of programs, training, funding and other opportunities available to you. We'd love to meet you, learn your story and share ours.

Demystifying Funding and Financing for your Business (free event, but space is limited)

  • March 2, 6 - 8:30 PM, Yukon College Innovation & Entrepreneurship – 2180 2nd Avenue, Whitehorse

There are many options out there to help you finance your business. Whether you’re just starting out or ready to scale to the next level, sometimes it’s hard to get where you’re going without funds. But the world of funding and financing can be overwhelming and confusing.

  • What options are available? And which one is the right option for your business?
  • What can you get funding and financing for in your business?
  • How can it help your business at different stages of growth?
  • What can you expect from the process?


Launch your Vision One-Day Conference for Entrepreneurs

  • March 15, 9 AM - 5:30 PM, Yukon College Innovation & Entrepreneurship – 2180 2nd Avenue, Whitehorse

A one-day conference for women and non-binary folks who currently have a business, or a side hustle, they are looking to grow.

Gain the skills, tools, and confidence you need to attract more clients and make consistent income in 2020.

  • Bust through limiting beliefs that are holding your business back.
  • Learn how to create content that attracts clients (without spending hours each week).
  • Get confidence and control of your business finances and bookkeeping.
  • Connect and build a network of support.

Ready to take your business to the next level?
$99 ($75 if you feel that’s more what you can afford right now)
Childcare subsidy available (Limited funding available. Contact us for more information.)

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Leader: Entrepreneurship Program for Yukon First Nations

  • April 26 – May 2, Yukon College Innovation & Entrepreneurship – 2180 2nd Avenue, Whitehorse

Presented by the LEADER Project at Ivey Business School in collaboration with Yukon College Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Dana Naye Ventures and the Yukon First Nations Chamber of Commerce

LEADER is a FREE, one-week course for First Nations entrepreneurs to grow and scale their business ideas. This case-based style workshop will let entrepreneurs meet a like-minded community and become more comfortable in pitching their ideas.

Topics covered will include socially-minded business, accounting, strategy, and marketing. Cases include Northern businesses like Yukon Soaps and Air North, and guest speakers will join from the local community.

For those needing accommodation or coming out of town, they can be provided free of charge.

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Women's Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub 

Yukon College Innovation & Entrepreneurship is one of ten and the only northern Canadian hub for Women's Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH).

WEKH is setting up regional hubs across the country, with a vast network of partners led by Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute, in collaboration with Ryerson’s Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship and the Ted Rogers School of Management.

Partnerships are crucial to meet the needs of diverse women across Canadian sectors, with the capacity to reach more than 250 organizations and 100,000 women entrepreneurs at all different stages of development.

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Growth Wheel Certified Partner

Yukon College Innovation & Entrepreneurship is a Growth Wheel Certified Partner. 

GrowthWheel is a visual toolbox and online platform used by business advisors, incubators, and entrepreneurship educators to help businesses make decisions and take action. The platform helps startup and growth companies build their businesses through a simple action oriented process — one that stays true to the way most entrepreneurs think and work.

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