Jason Rayner – A Leading Champion for Entrepreneurship in Yukon

    Jason Rayner | Winner of the 2018 Entrepreneur Promotion Award – North

    “Embrace failure for what it is: experience and opportunity”

    As a senior business development advisor in the Government of Yukon, Jason has been a leading champion for entrepreneurship community and has bridged opportunities to turn silos into ecosystems in the Yukon.

    Jason has brought to life the North’s first incubator co-lab; championed the early stages of the North’s first Mentorship Program, and advocated for funds to support entrepreneurs.

    As a trusted mentor in the innovation community, Jason is the first person many Yukon entrepreneurs reach out to whenever there is a challenge to be solved at a community level.

    In the spirit of community partnership, Jason supports the development of innovation and tech infrastructure in Yukon, by building common grounds for growth between startup entrepreneurs and the public sector.

    Startup News had the opportunity to sit down with Jason Rayner to learn more.

    SN: What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?

    JR: For as long as I can remember I’ve just been an entrepreneur. Started landscaping and cutting grass in summers as a kid, became a farm-hand for hire, airbrush artist, computer tech support, software developer, marketing agency head were all things I set out to do for myself and in service of others.

    SN: What is the biggest lesson you have learned to date?  

    JR: Be persistent, believe in your goals and celebrate every achievement.

    SN: What advice do you have to those starting up today?

    JR: Never be afraid to ask for help – people will help you. From other entrepreneurs to public servants there are more people than you know out there to help you.

    SN: What is the one thing you think we need to do as a nation, today, to position Canada as a global innovation and entrepreneurial leader?

    JR: Embrace failure for what it is: experience and opportunity.

    SN: What is your message to the world?

    JR: Raise your glass to among the best and the brightest of Canada’s robust and growing startup and innovation community. Cheers!

    SN: How have you benefited from being a recipient of the Startup Canada Awards so far?

    JR: Winning the Entrepreneur Promotion Award has given me the social license to advance some more ambitious program and policy initiatives.