Startup in Residence at (co)space

Wes from Clearbanc wrote about their time up here for the Startup in Residency program:

“I work for Clearbanc, a financial tech startup building a bank for freelancers and the self-employed. For the last two weeks, we were privileged to occupy the seat of “entrepreneur in residence” at (co)space.

(For readers outside of Whitehorse, (co)space is a coworking space in Whitehorse, Yukon territory, Canada).

For most of the working hours, we occupied the floor above (co)space (dropping in below periodically for coffee and beer); this space was well equipped for our team. I was energized as if at a hackathon, excited at having a different level of focus and presence from the team and excited at having the chance to step outside of our routines and the daily grind and consider bigger issues of visions and longer-term goals. After hours, we tried to mix in with the environment, spending some time on mountain bikes on the trails in Riverdale, playing ultimate frisbee, walking the waterfront, meeting with local entrepreneurs, and getting to know a few of the local restaurants and watering holes. Our weekends took us to Haines Junction, Takhini Hot Springs, the Vista Outdoor Learning Center, Dawson City, and a stop in Carcross.

This was the first trip to the Yukon for all but one of our team, and we were all blown away: blown away by the beauty of the territory, blown away by the warmth of the welcome and hospitality, by the ingenuity and resilience of the variety of entrepreneurs and business-people we met, and by the strength of the community.

Thanks to Yukonstruct and (co)space for an incredible two weeks – these will be an easy two weeks to remember, and will remain an important part of Clearbanc.” 

(co)space is an initiative of YuKonstruct and is made possible by the generous support of Yukon Economic Development, CanNor, Northwestel, Startup Canada, Startup Whitehorse, Yukon Brewing, MPIG Holdings and MakeIT. This initiative would not have been possible without the additional help of TechYukonNorthmark Ventures Inc.City of WhitehorseCold Climate Innovations, Air North and NVD. Thank you!

Taking Your Pitch to the Next Level

Every startup and business idea needs dollars behind it to take it from idea to a success. Do you know where your funding is coming from?

In this evening workshop, Clearbanc’s Michele Romanow (4th time founder and a dragon on Dragon’s Den) and Andrew D’Souza (raised tens of millions for startups and is an investor/advisor in some of Canada’s fast-growing tech startups) will talk money – who has it and how to get it.

They will cover the more advanced areas of pitching and funding your business. Some of the topics covered may include:

  • How to identify potential investors to pitch to
  • What investors are looking for
  • Angels and angel lists
  • Setting up your pitching trips down south to be effective
  • Practicing your pitch
  • Delivering remote pitches
  • Alternatives to investors – bootstrapping with the best of them

If you are interested in delivering a pitch and receiving feedback, contact us at

This a free event and does not require registration. Join us Sept. 13th from 6-8pm at (co)space!

Nail Your Pitch Workshop

Have a great idea for a business or startup? Or have a startup but have trouble quickly saying what it’s all about? Then this workshop is for you!
In this lunchtime workshop, you will learn what makes a great Pitch and how to make the most of 60 seconds. Then, break into small groups and work one-on-one with the members of Clearbanc to build and refine your pitch. Already have a Pitch? Use the session for feedback and to make it even better!What’s in a pitch?
The Pitch is arguably one of the most essential elements of your startup. It’s what grabs attention and draws in investors, customers, partners, and publicity.

This workshop is free but please register to secure a spot as space is limited.

Kickoff and Networking Event

Come and learn about our Startup in Residence Pilot Project!

From September 6-19, Clearbanc – a Toronto-based tech startup – will be visiting Yukon to offer one-on-one mentorship and workshops on pitching to investors and taking your business to the next level.

Join us for light refreshments and to meet the team consisting of Canada’s top names in startup and technology, including:
•Andrew D’Souza (has raised tens of millions for last 3 startups and is an investor/advisor in some of Canada’s fast-growing tech startups)
•Michele Romanow (4th-time founder – last company sold to Groupon, and also Canada’s new Dragon on Dragon’s Den)
•A number of developers and former CTO of – a top Canadian startup

Hear first-hand how Michele took her last company from an idea to being sold to Groupon. Learn about the opportunities for local entrepreneurs, workshops, mentoring, and more. Network and share ideas!

This event is free and yet we ask that you register to secure a spot as space is limited.



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