YuKonstruct | 2017 Recipient of the Startup Canada Entrepreneur Support Award
“Life is wicked short, so go big and chase your dreams. You have a lot of support just around the corner.”
Based in Whitehorse, YuKonstruct is the first makerspace located in Canada’s far North. As a community-operated workspace, Yukonstruct is dedicated to empowering Yukoners to bring their ideas to life through access to a variety of machines, workshops and studios, helping the ‘makers’ of the North collaborate and create new ideas.
Many entrepreneurs located in Canada’s far North have benefited from the services offered by YuKonstruct. One example is Bob Sharp, Founder of Yukon Greenhouse Design, who was the northern regional recipient of the 2017 Startup Canada Senior Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Through the different resources offered by YuKonstruct, such as its woodworking facilities, Bob was able to kickstart the design process of his greenhouse company which is now considered one of the most sustainable farming tools in the Yukon.
In 2015, Yukonstruct launched its first spinout, (co)space – the first co-working space in Whitehorse, which has since become a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity. YuKonstruct is dedicated to providing access to communal spaces with quality resources, shared knowledge and a collaborative environment to help entrepreneurs thrive.
Startup News had the opportunity to sit down with Coworking Director at (co)space, Lauren Manekin Beille.
SN: What is the biggest lesson you have learned to date?
LMB: Surround yourself with community!
SN: What advice do you have to those starting up today?
LMB: Build a network for yourself. Find a mentor, develop a peer group and give back to others. Your ideas will grow exponentially by sharing them.
SN: What is your vision for the next 150 years?
LMB: We find a way to build an ecosystem that can plug and play in every community for everyone who just thought of an idea and needs an ear to those ready to commercialize and grow.
SN: What is your message to the world?
LMB: Life is wicked short so go big and chase your dreams. You have a lot of support just around the corner.
SN: How have you benefited from being a recipient of the Startup Canada Awards?
LMB: Being a part of a community with similar passions and professional missions.