Our team can help make your innovative solutions a reality. We fund Yukon innovators who are ready to start, grow or get to market.
Whether you have a disruptive new solution, or an incremental adaption of an existing solution, our Innovation Fund can provide the funding and support to help you create or reimagine processes and practices, and/or design, develop or deploy your ideas to the world.
Funded by Government of Canada’s Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) and Government of Yukon.
Caitlyn MacMaster, Innovation Officer
We’re here to help you make it real
The introduction of a new product, service, process, technique, or way of doing business can help shape and reimagine the future, improve quality of life, create wealth, diversify and drive the economy in the North and beyond.
Whether revolutionary or evolutionary, your innovation can involve technology, processes, societal adoption/accessibility and/or business models.
Our Innovation Fund is geared toward supporting Yukoners who need financial support to advance the technological readiness of their ideas, effect the change necessary to create space and capacity within the local economy or connect with industry to support market deployment.
Whether you are developing the basic principles or preparing for scaled deployment of your idea, we can help.
Since 2016, Joel Brennan worked with our team to design and iterate the prototype, securing a patent along the way. Our wrap-around services and funding for mass manufacturing accelerated Joel’s progress toward commercialization.
Winning the 2017 Yukon Innovation Prize lead Elise McCormick and Joanne Sherrard to launch their Aurum Skincare line.
“Thanks to the financial support made available through I&E, we were able to get to market much sooner than we had originally anticipated. The ongoing access I&E provides to startup funding, coaching and industry specialists is key to making our entrepreneurial dreams a reality."
The Mayo-based personal care products company is proudly Indigenous owned and operated. Founder Joella Hogan, a citizen of the First Nation of Na Cho Nyak Dun, is committed to developing her business in her community and providing employment opportunities there.
"Thanks to I&E, I was able to grow my business and provide meaningful skills and empowerment to young women in my rural community."