Meet the Makers is a series of interviews to help you get to know the people who are building our community. Josephine is our new Events Coordinator.
Local entrepreneurs and business owners are having a unique experience during this unprecedented time of COVID 19. Many of them have responded in fascinating and inspiring ways; applying the grit, creativity and courage inherent in starting your own business. We believe there is great value in seeing this through their lens.
We got to sit down with Wren Nicolardi of Rivers to Ridges, to hear the inspiring story of how Wren and her business partner, Emily Payne, created a space for young people to learn on the land. They are doing important and humbling work and we are grateful to get to share a little bit about the incredible contributions they are making to the Yukon.
You have an idea for a startup and you want to know if it is going to set you on the path to successful entrepreneurship. You believe in the idea and you know there’s work to be done to prove its validity. But you want to be sure the work you are doing is right.
We got to sit down with Scott Keesey and hear the inspiring story of how DiscoVelo came to be.
Join us, every other month, as local entrepreneurs share their hard-won start up successes and laugh out loud blunders. A useful conversation while enjoying a drink and appetizer at NorthLight Innovation. Powered by Marg & Rolf Hougen.
Last evening, our bi-monthly event featured the story of The Wayfarer Oyster House with Andrew Seymour and Eddie Rideout. Staying true to your vision was a recurring theme of the talk, other pearls of wisdom from the talk include:
On cofounders – “odd numbers are helpful.”
On your team – “Recruit an all star team and treat them well.”
On money – “Play within your means.”
If you would like to hear their story, you can watch it here:
Yukonstruct Startup Bootcamp’s recent Demo Night was a true celebration of local entrepreneurship! To conclude the 12 week Startup Bootcamp, 8 of the 10 graduating companies got the full experience of delivering a pitch to a room filled with funders and supporters. Local investors, Panache Ventures, Minister of Economic Development, Ranj Pillai, representatives from Yukon Government and CanNor, and many other guests came out to celebrate the startups which made the evening even more special.
Our Kick-Off Celebration brought out the best of our community as we celebrated our first year in NorthLight and introduced the entrepreneurs who will be taking part in our first ever Yukonstruct Startup Bootcamp! The overwhelming enthusiasm brought in from the community made for a warm and welcoming evening, and the entrepreneurs’ passion added an element of excitement that mirrors the energy fueling Yukonstruct.
You’ve heard his name in every Speaker Series episode to date, so we are honoured that in May we got to host the legendary Yukon entrepreneur himself – Rolf Hougen. He started the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous, helped save the White Pass Railway, co-founded the Cancom satellite TV network, and those are just a few of his accomplishments!
Every 1st Thursday of the month, join us as local entrepreneurs share their hard-won start up successes & laugh out loud blunders. A useful conversation while enjoying a drink and appetizer at NorthLight Innovation. Powered by Marg & Rolf Hougen.
The founders of Outpost 31 were recently selected to attend the Cannes Film Festival through a program called Not Short on Talent. The program, a Telefilm initiative, recognized the Yukon company for its short film The Changeling. I sat down with Neil Macdonald, filmmaker and co-founder of Outpost 31, to discuss the experience.