Yukon University and Yukonstruct partner with Spring Activator and Volition to foster investment in the Yukon

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WHITEHORSE—Yukon University, Yukonstruct, and Yukon Venture Angels, with the support of the Government of Yukon, is providing programming to local entrepreneurs and businesses in the Yukon by partnering with Spring Activator and Volition to run an Investment Readiness Training program from September 2022 through to January 2023.

This training will be an eight-session program facilitated by Spring Activator and Volition, preparing Yukon entrepreneurs and start-ups to be investment-ready. Participating entrepreneurs will gain unique insights into the mindset of investors, learn the fundamentals of seeking investment capital and develop their own pitch presentation.

The program is designed for any entrepreneur that is curious to learn the ins and outs of raising capital for their start-up, whether they’re looking into or currently raising debt financing or directly from investors.

At the end of the program, the participants will have the opportunity to apply to the Yukon Investment Challenge.

To apply for the program, visit Yukon Investment Readiness Training online.


“We are very excited to see the evolution of our investment readiness programming and the growing network we are introducing to Yukon’s entrepreneurs to help them get to the next stage.”
Caitlyn MacMaster, Manager, Innovation Funds at Innovation & Entrepreneurship, YukonU

“Raising capital is a goal that many entrepreneurs have as they are planning to grow their business. However the task is often daunting. This program is designed to support entrepreneurs on this journey and provide them the right tools so that they make the best use of their time and energy."
Davina MacPhail, Impact Investing Program Manager at Spring Activator

"Raising capital and growing a business is daunting work! At Volition, our mission is to support entrepreneurs through the inevitable ‘now what?’ moments that arise on that journey, and we are honoured to be joining forces with YukonU and Spring Activator to support entrepreneurs and startup teams in the Yukon, as they build their business and fundraising skills.”
Melanie Ewan, Managing Partner of Volition


About the partners:

Yukonstruct Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Yukoners bring their ideas to life. Yukonstruct runs a coworking space, a makerspace, and entrepreneur and startup programming at NorthLight Innovation. Yukonstruct is a community-driven organization that believes in the power of entrepreneurship to create a thriving and resilient local economy. The organization is passionate about how ideas can build a brighter, more sustainable, more inclusive future for us all.

Yukon Venture Angels (affiliated with NACO, the National Angel Capital Organization) is a growing community of Yukon early-stage investors and entrepreneurs committed to pursuing early-stage investment opportunities in the Yukon, educating and empowering Yukon private sector investors, and advocating to make the Yukon an attractive and genuinely competitive habitat for angel investing and start-up enterprises.

Spring Activator empowers impact entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem influencers to connect and change the world through innovation. For entrepreneurs in the idea stage to raise their first investment round, we provide the tools, training, and network to validate and launch their business, gain traction, and raise capital with the goal of changing the world. For investors, we deliver tailored programming, networking events, and access to deal flow to angel investors who are focused on early stage impact ventures. We have reached more than 50 communities on five continents and continue to serve investors, entrepreneurs, and partners at every stage of their journey.

Volition helps founders navigate their knowledge gaps and "now what?" moments through startup business advising, educational programming, and community events. We know that a strong business is one that can adapt, refine and sustainably grow, and our coalition of advisors are here to help founders to build clarity and confidence to their entrepreneurial journey. Since 2017, we have served 1500+ companies across 20 startup communities and worked with over 30 ecosystem partners to deliver 230 pitch events, hackathons, and educational programs.

For more information, please contact

Caitlyn MacMaster

Manager, I & E

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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